Book Reviews: Non-Fiction

Halfbreed by Maria Campbell

Initially, I found this book challenging to engage with; however, as I continued to read it I found myself drawn into the story and the significance of the author’s experiences. Furthermore, I appreciated all of the historical information which was included as it assisted me to more fully understand the implications of her experiences. Campbell’s ability to tell the story using a strong voice made the story is accessible. I did not find myself frustrated with decisions that she made, rather I felt compassion for her and the many challenges she faced.

Although the memoir commenced in the 1940s, the story is one which will resonate with many Aboriginal people today, particularly those of mixed ancestry. It will also provide insight to those of non-Aboriginal ancestry who may be curious about the past experiences of Aboriginal people in Canada.

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