Again, I ask. Ever been to Eastend, Saskatchewan? Again, I answer. Me, neither, but after reading Sharon Butala's Wild Stone Heart, I will be visiting. This book is a lyrical, intensely personal narrative of the land, its features and its secrets. Butala spent 20 years studying a field owned by her and her husband. The field drew her and as she studied it, reluctantly revealed some of its secrets. Wild Stone Heart is not a scholarly study of "facts", although the research needed to write this book is in depth. The problem is that for every fact, there is more mystery. Most things cannot be known and others only surmised. Many of Butala's experiences in the field cannot be explained by European rationale. The geology is unique and fossils abound. There are stone cairns and circles. The field is a Amerindian burial ground and those buried there do not rest peacefully. There are restless spirits who occasionally reveal themselves to Butala but they only deepen the mystery. In the end, the land is ancient and its past veiled. Tiny rifts in the veil have given Butala the insight to realize how little we know and how we need to recognize a different world view. The stories d
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