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Untempered Wind

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Untempered Wind is a beautifully written novel that follows the journey of a young woman named Emily as she navigates the complexities of love, loss, and self-discovery. Joanna E. Wood's vivid descriptions and rich character development make it easy to become fully immersed in Emily's world.

The novel tackles themes of grief and healing with sensitivity and depth, painting a realistic portrait of the emotional turmoil that comes with losing a loved one. Through Emily's experiences, readers are taken on a heart-wrenching yet ultimately uplifting journey of resilience and growth.

Wood's writing style is both lyrical and engaging, drawing readers in from the very first page and keeping them hooked until the very end. The pacing is perfect, with just the right amount of tension and drama to keep the story moving forward.

Overall, Untempered Wind is a captivating and thought-provoking read that will stay with readers long after they've turned the final page. It is a powerful exploration of grief, love, and the resilience of the human spirit, and a testament to the healing power of time and self-discovery.

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Upon publication of “The Untempered Wind” in 1894, Joanna Wood quickly rose to international prominence, becoming in the next few years the most highly paid fiction-writer in Canada. In this novel, we find a detailed picture of village life. The narrative weaves through a variety of character types: the refined and the coarse, the humble and the self-righteous, the virtuous and the vicious. All these types are measured according to their treatment of Myron Holder, a young unwed mother — a “fallen woman” in the eyes of this “spiteful, narrow-minded village.” An early reviewer extolled Wood as Canada’s Charlotte Brontë, because of her sympathetic treatment of a disadvantaged woman trying to forge an independent life. An even more apt comparison might be to Thomas Hardy: like Hardy's characters, Myron is buffeted by cruel, relentless Fate — the “untempered wind” of the title. In “Silenced Sextet” , Joanna Wood is seen as an important figure in the development of realism in Canadian literature: “No nineteenth-century writer better presents the sound, smell, and feel of day-to-day village life in this country.” - Summary by Bruce Pirie


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