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Red Tuque Books Inc.  9780991723362
Title: People of the Sky
Author: Robin Matchett
ISBN: 9780991723362
Publication Date: 2002
Publisher: James Piercemore Books
Format: Trade Paperback
Size: 5.5 x 8.5
Price: 20.00

...the burnings down by the Ganges at night, the ghoulish undertakers piling the slim little corpses, their hands flailing in the heat as if still alive... as they were sent into the starry black as smoke blanketing the stars... Ackpey felt that there had to be a communal sense of rite-of-passage here... reincarnation... and in the distance he saw for a moment what looked like the apparition of an angelic being... but it was a mysterious woman tending to others both sick and dying... determined to at least present himself to satisfy his wayward sense of homily, he approached the woman casually without taking his eyes off of her. Not five paces away and ready to smile, he got the shock of his life when she stood up and turned in one sudden motion to catch him fully in the eye with a most striking glance. Ackpey felt a shiver run down his spine, seeming to paralyze any intention he had. Before he could react by summoning his senses, she moved off to another location. In his mind's eye like the flash of a camera, he had the vestige of that glance like a negative imprinted on his retina, as if the sun itself had kissed him with a sunspot for his having gazed too long in its direction. Stupefied, he remained where he was and studied the luminescence of his feelings. Her face was covered by a veil that was transparent, but not so dense that he couldn't see her face. Her features were very refined, not Indian or Caucasian, yet unique in both; it was her emphatic eyes that showed some foreign window into her soul that he could not fathom...

Review - '...a cosmic wake-up all... remarkable...' - Jack McClelland