Enchanted Isles book review – Parksville Qualicum Beach News

Many book review are beginning to roll in since the release of Enchanted Isles – The Southern Gulf Islands. So far they have all been very favourable which is a good thing. This review came out soon after the release.

An enchanting book on the isles
By Alli Vail – Parksville Qualicum Beach News – November 13, 2007

I’m convinced. The southern Gulf islands are beautiful, enchanted places.At least the book Enchanted Isles: The Southern Gulf Islands would definitely push a reader to believe that ­— if they didn’t already.The book, written by Pender Island resident David A.E. Spalding is a thorough volume.

Beautifully shot by Kevin Oke (from North Pender Island), this is stunning tribute to the southern Gulf islands.

Spalding mixes the historical facts about the islands with stories and anecdotes, letting the anecdotes lead the way. The result is a pleasant read.

This is an informational book, but it’s also a story book. It definitely escapes textbook dryness. It also incudes media reports from current events affecting the islands, like a fire on Galiano Island in 2006.

Stories about Brother Xll, Madame Zee and Portuguese Joe fill pages alongside black and white historical photos.

Partially written in a narrative first person, the book is engaging. Spalding has a causal writing style, as though he is relating his favourite memories and places. He’s comfortable with his subject matter.

But the best part, and the star, of this book are the photographs. Kevin Oke’s photos are breathtaking.

It’s almost hard to believe the areas are in British Columbia, and not some tropical paradise or hidden forest. It’s wonderful the entire book is in colour, aside from the historical photos.

The aerial views are particularly fascinating, as it’s rare we get to see things from the air.

Overall, it’s amazing to see what Oke can do with lighting, water and reflection.

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