A Novel

Book - 2009
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From the author of Canada: A People's History comes a novel of Canada written in the tradition of such great epics as The Source and Sarum. was inspired by the life of David Thompson, a Welshman who came to the New World at the age of fifteen, and went on to become its greatest cartographer. He walked or paddled 80,000 miles and mapped 1.9 million square miles, cataloguing flora and fauna as well as the language and customs of the Natives. But though he has been described as the greatest land geographer who ever lived, he died impoverished and unknown.


Following the lives of Thompson's illegitimate son and his descendants, Kanata takes readers on a fictionalized, multi-generational journey through millennia and across a continent to examine the stories, myths, and legends of those who formed the country and who were formed by it.

Kanata is the story of the invention of a nation.

Publisher: Toronto : Viking Canada, 2009.
ISBN: 9780670064922
Branch Call Number: GILLM
Characteristics: 448 p.


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Jul 09, 2012

Gillmor retells selected aspects of Canadian history through key individuals and events. The common thread throughout the book is how these people and events are related to his main character, Michael Mountain Horse. Gillmor extracts the juicy bits and pieces from the sources he has read (see Author's Note) on David Thompson, J.A. MacDonald, Riel, King, Diefenbaker and Kennedy, Bethune, the World Wars, the 20's, Edward VII, the Depression years, Pearson, Cuban Missile Crisis, etc. and incorporates them into his book. These tidbits make for enjoyable reading. For example, I especially liked the story he tells of his main character looking after Edward VII's ranch in Alberta as I had visited it many years ago. Most of his descriptions of Canada's VIPs are caricatures showing their shortcomings and quirks. A gallant effort to make Canadian history enjoyable.

JAMMERS Nov 19, 2010

A poor attempt at historical fiction. Main storyline is uninteresting. You would think a book named “Kanata” would be more about Canada.

PPLBecky Jul 09, 2010

Good book overall. A few slow spells but the historical characters are very well written.

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