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  • Published: New York : Hyperion, 2009.
  • Year Published: 2009
  • Description: 307 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 9781401340971
  • 1401340970

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The day the falls stood still

by Buchanan, Cathy Marie.

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Call number: Fiction

Available Copies: Downtown 2nd Floor, Malletts Adult

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1915. The dawn of the hydroelectric power era in Niagara Falls. The sheltered daughter of the director of the Niagara Power Company is drawn to a man her family objects to, and is forced to make a painful choice between what she wants and what is best for her family and future.

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Nature vs. Human Need and Greed

This was an interesting combination of factual history of Niagara Falls, a somewhat supernatural gift, and a love story. It is the tale of an early battle between unchecked "progress" and the need to respect and better understand the natural world. The Niagara Falls of today is surrounded by tourist traps, is still considered an amazing site, and yet is just a small fraction of what it was before hydroelectric companies harnessed that power for humans' use.
The conflict between nature and corporations plays out in both the large scale, and the individual. It is not only a struggle between the wants and needs of man and respect of the water, but also the struggle between the want and need of money and those of the heart.
I read this novel with very little knowledge of the Falls beyond modern day tourist pictures, but it has made me very curious to know more about the history of the Falls, and what can be learned from the aftermath of diverting such a large volume of water from its natural course.

Not bad

Enjoyed it somewhat, although some of the character development was predictable and somewhat trite.

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