The Double Hook, by Sheila Watson (Toronto, 1959), is described by some as Canada's first modern novel. The Double Hook departs from traditional plot, character development, form and style to tell a poetic tale of human suffering and redemption that is at once fabular, allegorical and symbolic. When James Potter kills his mother in the opening scene, he sets in motion the Potter family's struggle against fear - symbolized most dramatically by the figure of Coyote - and with various forms of withdrawal from community into isolation. James must discover "that when you fish for glory you catch the darkness too. That if you hook twice the glory you hook twice the fear." His return to his isolated community in the Rockies after first fleeing to town represents the rebirth of hope and the confrontation with fear which might knit the Potters into a human community. Watson weaves Christian myth, Indigenous legend and natural symbol into a profound prose poem. The Double Hook has been translated into French as Sous l'oeil de coyote (Montréal, 1976), and into Swedish.
- MLA 8TH EDITION
- Besner, Neil. "The Double Hook". The Canadian Encyclopedia, 08 June 2016, Historica Canada. https://thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/the-double-hook. Accessed 23 January 2020.
- APA 6TH EDITION
- Besner, N., The Double Hook (2016). In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/the-double-hook
- CHICAGO 17TH EDITION
- Besner, Neil, "The Double Hook". In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Canada. Article published February 07, 2006; Last Edited June 08, 2016. https://thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/the-double-hook
- TURABIAN 8TH EDITION
- Besner, Neil. The Canadian Encyclopedia, s.v. "The Double Hook", Last Edited June 08, 2016, https://thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/the-double-hook
The Double Hook
|Article by||Neil Besner|
|Published Online||February 7, 2006|
|Last Edited||June 30, 2014|
The Double Hook, by Sheila Watson (Toronto, 1959), is described by some as Canada's first modern novel.