Room For All of Us
By Adrienne Clarkson
This is a book that is a must read for all Canadians about how hard it is to be a refuge and how we all can become great, one small step at a time with hope and help from others and a lot of acceptance.
In this book, Clarkson explores the experience of being an immigrant. She knows first hand how it is to be an immigrant, having being one herself. Immigrants feel uprooted and lost for a long time. Some of them come from very turbulent pasts and they leave so many painful experiences and family. Others come all alone, uprooted from family and friends, in the search for a better life. I can’t even imagine how hard it is to be uprooted into another language, culture and country, one that is completely unfamiliar. The person would have to feel very lost and lonely for a very long time. And yet, in Canada, there is a friendliness and acceptance among people, and it is through this hope and acceptance that immigrants are inspired and encouraged to make a life for themselves.
Most immigrants are poor and they come here with nothing or very little. Yet, some of these same people have become some of the most powerful and successful people in Canada, such as Adrienne Clarkson. I am SO proud of her and many other people who came here and made Canada an even better country because of their hard work and dedication.
The book is written with humour and insight. It is a book that I couldn’t put down once I started reading. I hope the same to all who read the book.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth