Imagery and Theme by Chris Menzies

by capreviewroom

      This book was definitely one of my more enjoyable reads, not only because of the way it was structured, but how well imagery plays a part in shaping the overall theme of the story.  Set in the early 1900’s, “In The Skin Of A Lion” is a story about migrant workers, and the building of Toronto during that time.  At the beginning of the story (Book 1) we meet Patrick Lewis who is jut a young boy working with his father around the mills.  The narration is perfect in describing just how naïve Patrick is at this time in his life and how when you’re young everything seems fascinating. “Bugs, plant hoppers, grasshoppers, rust-dark moths.  Patrick gazes on these things, which have navigated the warm air above the earth and attached themselves to the mesh with a muted think…years later at the Riverdale Library he will learn how the shining leaf-chafers destroy shrubbery (Pg. 9).  He doesn’t think about what these creatures are doing, he just knows they fascinate him.  That’s the beautiful thing about being a child, is being fascinated, and discovering who you are.  That’s the aspect of this story; childhood is what shapes who we will become later on in life.  As we progress through the story we catch back up with Patrick later in life.  He leaves his profession and doesn’t seem to have much direction in life.  He discovers love, pain, regret and sadness; “The muscles in her hand finally loosen and he turns to look at her face, She is now resting, leaning back, gently asleep, He moves his hand from her grip and leaves her.” (Pg. 171)

 

The way this book was split up into “Three Books” really kept me interested throughout.  That type of structure, along with the reoccurring characters made it very fun to see what happened next.  When something as simple as how the story is laid out interests you, it allows you greater focus and interest in getting to the heart of the story.   

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