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Whylah Falls

by George Elliott Clarke
narrator Walter Borden; Troy Adams; Rachel Latrelle; Merlita Williams; Karen Robinson; Dawn McColeman & Jeremiah Sparkes

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literary, canadian
list price: $16.95
also available: Paperback Paperback
category: Fiction
published: 2001
imprint: BTC Audiobooks

The audio edition of George Elliott Clarke's Whylah Falls retains all the energy and beauty of the original poetic novel. The story surrounds the Clemence family and the village of Whylah Falls, a mythic community in the heart of Black Nova Scotia. The return of the wayward poet X to the village affects the family and the village forever. As X strives to forge a relationship with the community he left behind, he triggers changes that result in betrayal, infidelity and murder.

Whylah Falls is one of the best selling poetry books in Canadian history. In 1996, it was produced as a CBC Radio Drama, and it became an acclaimed stage play in 1997. Clarke's lyrical audio adaptation stars Walter Borden, Troy Adams, Rachel Latrelle, Merlita Williams, Karen Robinson, Dawn McColeman, and Jeremiah Sparkes, and features original music by Joe Sealy.

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Editorial Reviews

"Conveys the beauty of Clarke's verse, which really is meant to be spoken and sung."

— <i>AudioFile</i>

"This story is living proof that there is no hiding place, not for the innocent, not for the weary, not for the fallen or the saved . . . The original music by Joe Sealy is a subtle chorus that never overwhelms the text, but creates a jazz ambiance that sharpens our awareness of ruin and beauty in a doomed black community. . . Whylah Falls lives, right to its tragic conclusions, in song, verse and prayer, just as Clarke wrote it."

— <i>Poetry Spoken Here</i>
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