[The] themes that occupy Hodgins are [not] specifically Canadian: the question of identity, the isolation of the individual and the seeming impossibility of communication, the initiation into reality….
If Hodgins concentrates on a seemingly narrow field, his own people and place, his fertile imagination and his technical dexterity present these materials in an impressive variety of forms. Spit Delaney's Island is, in itself, a fine collection of stories, and an illuminating introduction to Hodgins' two novels.
The Invention of the World … seems the result of a long period of organizing and writing. Once more, except for two sections set in southwestern Ireland,...
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