Ever taken part in a book club with thousands of members?
For two weeks in February, you can. From February 15 to March 1, 2018 readers across Canada can read the same eBook at the same time—no waits, no holds.
Together We Read offers the novel as an eBook, available to read on all major computers and devices, including iOS, Android and Chromebook.
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The Communist’s Daughter is the story of a legendary Canadian doctor named Norman Bethune. A real historical figure, Bethune travelled to Spain in 1936 to fight against the Fascists and to China in 1938 to aid Mao Tse-tung’s army with his medical knowledge.
Bock recounts Bethune’s life in the form of letters written to an (invented) daughter, who Bethune has never met. Publisher’s Weekly said of the novel that it is “factually intact but fancifully imagined.”
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The author welcomed participants of Together We Read in an open letter, where he talked about what he tried to do with The Communist’s Daughter.
“As a writer, I’m more interested in trying to understand what makes a great character tick than I am in just recounting the adventures he finds along the way… I’ve done my best to turn this larger-than-life figure back into a real human being in The Communist’s Daughter.”
Bock also discussed his approach to history as a novelist.
“Think of three people digging around in the same grave—a novelist, an historian and a propagandist. I’ll wager that the novelist always finds himself alone in that grave, shovel in hand, long after the historian and the propagandist are done for the day… The novelist want the richer portrait, one that sustains contradiction, moral ambiguity and discrepancy.”
Curious to see how Bock’s novel stacks up? Read The Communist’s Daughter for free between February 15 and March 1. Time to dive in!