Wild Geese caused a sensation when it was first published in 1925… It was unheard of, in a generation bred on sentimental escapist literature, to create a main female character “as wild as a broncho and as vivid as a tigress”; to paint so strong and uncompromising a picture of human passion and human need.
I remember the first time I read this book. I don’t remember why I picked it up (a Canadian Literature class in university maybe?) or how it came into my book orbit but I do remember starting it again as soon as I finished it. That is how good this book is and I will probably never tire of singing it’s praises.
This is probably the fourth or fifth time I have read Wild Geese and I still don’t know how to review it. Mostly I want to tell people to go read it without giving any of the plots away. As the youth these days would say, this book has all the feels. You will want to kill the father, cheer on Judith, hope Martin gets to finally do what needs to be done with the farm and hope that even the bitter sister has a happy ending. Of course, everyone in Caleb Gare’s family is bitter – with a father like that it is all they have known.
So that is really all I’m going to stay about this book: go read it. And then come back here and talk about it with me. We can discuss ways in which this book would be fun to turn into Fan Fiction because there are all sorts of things going on that could be expanded on: More feelings! More smut! An opportunity for Judith to punch Caleb in the face! 😉
Death Toll: One major one. I think Ostenso must have been a little too hopeful in her everyday life. All that worry throughout the book that the wrong people are going to be killed (like in so many Can Lit books) and they aren’t! She moved to the United States after this book was published and lived there for the rest of her life so that probably says something right there.