The literary blog hop question about poetry combined with my recent reading and review of Jane by April Lindner reminded me of this book that I had read and reviewed for The Historical Novels Review (Review below appeared in HNR Issue 52, May 2010). If you like seeing how authors can play with classic pieces of literature of various types to come up with compelling novels, Evangeline by Ben Farmer is another enjoyable example.
The book is beautifully written and does a good job of bringing the characters to life. They are not always likeable, but they are understandable. The pacing is somewhat uneven, with some parts that are breathtaking and others that seem to be passing time until there is reason to move forward again. But even in the quieter moments, it is interesting to see how the Acadians manage to help one another survive. Evangeline is symbolic of the strength of love and of a people's capacity for endurance.