Souls of a Feather

Souls of a Feather

by Charles W. Shirriff


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ISBN-13: 9780595206261
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/14/2001
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

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FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
In this gentle sequel to Spirits of a Feather, we follow Jay, a boy from northern Canada, as he matures and develops an education in Winnipeg. Jay remains devoted to his girlfriend throughout this story despite her father's continued efforts to break them up. This remains the main conflict throughout. In this story, we have a kinder, gentler Jay, one who is less opinionated and seems more open to the world. What I found most interesting in the book were facts about a Hutterite Colony; how they originated in Russia and then originally migrated to South Dakota to escape military service mandated by the czar. Mr. Shirriff does a great job of illustrating the mentality of these pacifists without failing to humanize them. Jay's maturity is especially evident with his acceptance of his gay friend Steve. In the first book, Jay was overtly hostile. In this story the relationship has taken on a sort of comfortable familiarity while Jay still manages to retain perhaps a bit of his "straight man" homophobia. Steve has thrust himself into the task of educating the world about homosexuality, and perhaps is somewhat satisfied with having changed the outlook of just one person. Jay makes great strides in coming to terms with his Ojibwa roots as well; mainly through his mentor, a droll shaman named R.B. Jay has adopted the eagle as his totem animal. It may be the effect of meditation as suggested by R.B., but Jay develops a tremendous connection with his spirituality during this time in his life. The best part of the story, for me, was when Phil decided to adopt Arrow the dog. I had initially found Phil's character to be quite gruff, and for some reason the fact that he ended up with a dog was ultimately rewarding. I thought he needed one. This story had many elements working toward one goal: the maturity and education of a young man. Jay manages to become engaged during the course of the book, an event I would never have believed during the first story. Despite all the different people and themes involved, the fact that they all seemed to work toward this common goal helped to unify the story quite well. Quill says: An enjoyable story about a young man growing up and connecting to his spiritual self.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just spent the past two days reading Spirits of a Feather and this book, its sequel. I cannot possibly express how stunned I am by Mr Shirriff's work. The books will leave a lasting impression, and I cannot help but to feel that after reading them that I am somehow a better person.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the beginning of Charles Shirriff¿s second novel I felt as though I was amongst friends. Few authors can blend religion, love, sexuality and deception into such a sweet and satisfying encounter. As the main character, Jay is the person most of us wish we could be. He always does the right thing, has a never-ending stream of knowledge and manages to find strength from within. From helping new acquaintances settle into Canadian residency to dealing with his girlfriend¿s deceptive father, Jay handles it all easily with a little help from his friends. Along the way the reader unknowingly absorbs lessons of different theologies and leaves you wanting to experience each and every one. This novel is a pleasure in every way. Keep your pen handy Mr.Shirriff. I¿m eagerly awaiting the next novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Shirriff's first novel, 'Spirits of a Feather', so of course I had to buy this one. - - - The story follows two years in a young man's life as he helps his girlfriend regain her health. He encounters major problems with her father who tries an imaginative scheme to get rid of him. - - - Interwoven in this plot are personal and close-up looks at some of his spiritual options. Specifically, the First Nations (native) spirituality is followed through from the first book (Spirits of a Feather), the Baha'i Faith, the Hutterite lifestyle and a few other minor experiences. - - - The Hutterite and Baha'i sections were obviously carefully researched so that the tone and feeling of the faiths is meaningfully portrayed. - - - I was struck by the underlying similarity among all the religions, particularly Baha'i and Native sprirituality, and to discover that many of our aboriginal peoples follow the Baha'i Faith as well as their own spirituality. - - - It's a good story, even without the spiritual component. The style is easy to read and humorous in places. It isn't until you have finished the book that you realize you have learned a lot about other people and their spiritual growth. - - - I feel I am a more tolerant and accepting person from having read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel continues the saga of Jay, a young man from northern Canada, as he and his friends make their way through the challenges and pitfalls of life in the metropolis of Winnipeg, the capital city of Manitoba. Follow Jay and his friends as they have encounters of the spiritual kind with the Bahá¿i Faith and a native (First Nation) shaman. Gain a personal insight into what it¿s like to live on a Hutterite Colony, to be a Hasidic Jew, or a New Age enthusiast. Add to the mix Jay¿s problems with his girlfriend¿s wealthy father who plots to end their relationship, his gay friend Steve¿s efforts to educate the world, and you have an unusual reading experience.