It is a fact that when reading Slander, some of the techniques used are likely to fascinate its Canadian readers. First, the book has been written by a Canadian author, and as a result its readers are likely to get some Canadian information from it. Second, Mr. Deverell uses this book as a prime example of how talented some Canadian authors can be, by presenting a first person narration from a woman’s point of view. Third, the book makes numerous references to Canada even though most of it is set in the United States of America.
Truly, Canadian readers of Slander will be amazed at how fascinating the book is. As has been noted, the book is written by a Canadian author, which makes it easy for his knowledge of Canada to be indirectly mentioned in the book. For example, when a crime that took place in British Columbia is reported, a Canadian law is stated as “153. (1) every person who is in a position of trust or authority towards a person is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years”.
This showcases Mr. Deverell’s knowledge of Canadian law. The following example of a Canadian phrase really touches Canadian readers of Slander when the word “eh” is mentioned in numerous sentences by some of the Canadian characters. On the whole, Deverell’s erudition of Canada helps to make this book fascinating by contributing indirect information to its readers, just to make it more cognizable. As mentioned earlier, Mr. Deverell presents his talent of mind swapping by using a female character to narrate the book.
This fascinating challenge is presented in a sentence that the narrator states as followed “As I am trying on my outfit-I’m thinking formal, my little hip-hugging tuxedo suit. ” Similarly, another sentence that proves how talented Mr. Deverell is by entering a woman’s mind states “I am suddenly tempted towards the risque: a hot -red lipstick. ” This shows an astounding talent of entering someone else’s mind and world, which in this case is from male to female. Obviously, an American setting for Slander helps its readers get information about the country, but it is the Canadian references that create the fascination.
The partial setting of British Columbia happens to be where a crime took place and this is mentioned in a character’s speech that reads “Franca’s quick call to an attorney acquaintance in Vancouver confirms that Canada has enacted no statute of limitations for sexual assault. ” Also, a reference to Canada is made in a court trial when a lawyer states “Conviction in Canada for rape is always certain. ” The partial setting of Canada helps the Canadian readers of Slander feel as if their country is fascinating and important.
As we have seen, Slander happens to be a very fascinating book. Accordingly, the author makes this possible by including some Canadian information and making references. Also, he demonstrates a talent of entering an opposite mind by narrating the book from a female’s perspective. Correspondingly, constant references to Canada also help Canadian readers of Slander feel respected and important. As a result, these unique techniques definitely end up fascinating Canadian readers of the book.