On the Page: Favourite Tales of Friendship
Fall is an exciting season, which for many marks new beginnings. It once signalled the start of a new school year, wherein we could look forward to new school supplies, going back to our favourite school activities, and the most exciting of all – seeing old friends. Here at LMPR, the fall offers a time where we are able to reconnect with clients we haven’t worked with all summer. With this, the team is thrilled to share our favourite books with strong messages of friendship and special bonds.
Chelsea Isenor – The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
If one of your best friends is a dog, this book is for you. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein is a funny and heart-warming story about love, friendship and loyalty told through the eyes of a dog.
The story centres around Enzo, our dog-protagonist, and how he stands by his best friend and owner through all of life’s ups and downs. It is a fun read getting inside the head of a self-aware dog and hearing his musing on everything from the human condition to his obsession with opposable thumbs. It’ll definitely make you look at the canine friends in your life and wonder “what are you thinking?”
Jesse Tanaka – The BFG by Roald Dahl
A heavy read full of deep meaning and challenging topics, The BFG is the story of a young girl that befriends a giant vegetarian.
Quite a terrifying children’s novel when you think about it, with evil giants eating kids. Somehow Roald Dahl turns the subject matter into a fun, light-hearted way only he is capable of. Who wouldn’t want a big friendly giant as a best friend?
Hanah Van Borek – The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood
Bonds between women, especially when forged from youth, are formidable. In Margaret Atwood’s 1993 novel The Robber Bride, the long time friendship between a motley trio of middle aged women, Tony, Charis, and Roz, is strengthened by a common nemesis, the arrogant, cunning and beautiful Zenia.
As the story unfolds, one by one each of the three women, with the help of one another, must pick up the pieces of their lives ravaged by Zenia’s betrayal.
The Robber Bride is a dark work, which points to many moral quandaries of feminism and female relationships. Nonetheless, the book illustrates the power of women who join forces instead of competing, and the critical role women as friends play in one another’s lives. In fact, in Atwood’s narrative, the connection between the women protagonists outweighs the bond of the male and female characters.
Check back next week for more staff favourites!