Broken Ground is a novel written by Canadian author
Jack Hodgins. It takes place post-World War I, in Portuguese
Creek on Vancouver Island. The story is written in the perspective
of various community members, telling about the same event.
A fire about 10 km away brings the entire town together. The
people who tell this story vary from a little boy to shop keepers.
The story grabs your attention right away with a stranger riding
into town, and then a town member getting injured. Perhaps the
most compelling component of this story would be the fact that
while reading it, you realize that this happened close to where
you are now.
I found that reading in close to Remembrance Day added a special
feeling throughout the whole book. It exemplified the hardship
and tribulations that went on during the war, and surviving from
the war. The author also created vivid images, making the telling
of events easy to imagine.
The author's idea on how to present this story was unique
and at first it was the best thing about this book. But I do
not recommend this for students to read. Because of the many
characters, and different versions of events, it became confusing.
The level is difficult, and I found that it became a chore to
finish. It carries on, and gets rather boring and dull.