12. January 2009 · Comments Off on The Fourth Canvas by Rana Bose · Categories: Canadian Literature, Indian Literature · Tags: ,

After his life’s work is stolen, writer and philosopher Guillermo Sanchez turns to painting as a form of expression – until he is found dead, drowned in the Seine.  About 25 years later, Claude Chiragi decides to learn the secrets behind a series of Sanchez’s paintings and the mystery behind the artist’s death.  What will he learn about the artist, the world, himself?

The Fourth Canvas by Rana Boxe is at once historical, intelligent, and fascinating.  Pick up this book and you’ll be immediately swept into a tide of captivating language and a complex plot.  Pulling you from Montreal to India to Cuba and back, you’ll find this book to be theatrical with the intensity of a brainy Bourne Identity.  Full of intrigue, Bose’s novel makes a deep political statement, feeding the mind while offering up an entertaining mystery.

With complex characters, a wide-spanning time period, and historical fact mixed with brilliant fiction, The Fourth Canvas will leave you asking, “When is the next Bose book ready?”  As a new fan of this author’s work, I’ll definitely let you know.

Rana Bose has published 10 plays and is a well-known playwrite in Canada.  His first novel, Recovering Rude, has received rave reviews as well.

Published by TSAR Publications.

Life as an immigrant is filled with challenges–learning a new language, living in a different culture, being far away from home.  The Chinese Knot is a series of short stories by writer Lien Chao, focusing on Chinese immigrants in Canada.  Chao’s own experiences as a Chinese-Canadian in Toronto is one major influence on these stories, although for the most part she based the stories on the experiences of the people within her community.  

The Chinese Knot offers the reader a realistic view of the Chinese immigrant, making it a great resource as either a study guide or a way to find a sympathetic voice for anyone who has ever moved their entire life to new surroundings.  Heartfelt and provocative, it opens the way for discussions on multicultural issues and racial stereotypes.

Published by Tsar Publications.

Ross was completely enveloped in love for Iliana. He’d finally found the love of his life, so he married her. They were barely starting their first year of marriage when a brutal accident turned their lives, and their expectations, on end. Iliana, now paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair, was looking at life from a whole new angle. And Ross? Ross was laden with the guilt of having caused the accident.

If you’ve ever wondered what life would be like after being yanked off you gravitational center, Sitting Practice sure gives you a good look at the possibilities. They say we don’t really learn who we are until we’ve been through a fire, but for most of us it takes much longer than the fire itself. For most of us, we have to wait for the smoke to clear just to get our bearings. For Ross and Iliana, this is every bit the truth.

Sitting Practice is filled to overflowing with likable, realistically flawed and spiritual characters, with a story line that keeps your head in the book even when it’s regretfully closed. Adderson has a knack for conveying life-giving detail in her writings, making the reader wonder just how many shoes she’s walked in to offer such realistic points of view. From Iliana’s day-to-day experiences in a wheelchair to the simple toddler behavior of Ross’ nephew, each part is played out in vivid 3-D. Sitting Practice is certainly a touching and entrancing look into some of life’s more painful lessons.

Published by Trumpeter Books.