The Communist's Daughter

The Communist's Daughter

A Novel

Book - 2006
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Dennis Bock’s novel The Communist’s Daughter met with praise from readers and reviewers the moment it reached bookstore shelves, debuting as an instantMaclean’s bestseller. This is the story of legendary Canadian doctor Norman Bethunevisionary, radical, martyr. Amidst the death and chaos of the Japanese army’s advance into the hills of northern China, Bethune composes a wrenching letter to his daughter, a small child he has never seen, the daughter of a woman abandoned in war-torn Spain.

Set against the tumult of the late 1930s, The Communist’s Daughter is a remarkable depiction of the moral ambiguities of war, political idealism and personal responsibility, an elegant, passionate novel that unfolds against the sweep of history.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperPerennial, c2006
ISBN: 9780006392378
Characteristics: 315 p. ; 23 cm


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Jan 13, 2014

This is a fictionalized account of Bethune in the form of a letter to a daughter born in Spain. Bethune is portrayed with his flaws. The book is fine, but I do not understand Bock's purpose in producing this story.

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