|Bear (1976) [Novel]|
by Marian Engel
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After five years buried like a mole amid the decaying maps and manuscripts of an historical institute, Lou is given a welcome field assignment: to catalogue a nineteenth-century library, improbably located in an octagonal house on a remote island in northern Ontario. Eager to reconstruct the estateís curious history, she is unprepared for her discovery that the island has one other inhabitant: a bear.
Louís imagination is soon overtaken by the estateís historical occupants, whose fascination with bear lore becomes her own. Irresistibly, Lou is led along a path of emotional and sexual self-discovery, as she explores the limits of her own animal nature through her bizarre and healing relationship with the bear.
A daring and compelling novel, Marian Engelís Bear won the Governor Generalís Award for 1976.
Original title: Bear
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics