I was assigned the text Precious Cargo to read for one of my university courses, and I am incredibly happy that I was able to discover this book as a result. I would have to say that this text by Craig Davidson was one of my favourites within this particular course, and I thoroughly enjoyed Davidson’s writing style. He is humorous and witty and in doing so he is able to make light of some rather bleak and sullen situations within his personal life.
The text describes Davidson’s experiences affiliated with driving a school bus for disabled children, and the relationships Davidson forms with the kids he drives to school are so unique and diverse, and ultimately genuine. I think texts like these are so crucial because they abolish the stigma that surrounds handicaps and provides reasoning as to why individuals with disabilities are, quite simply, individuals. They are similar to any other person, and the dialogue Davidson engages in with the kids on his school bus proves so. When Davidson conversed with the kids, I felt as though I was familiarizing myself with them as well, and I think Precious Cargo is an excellent read for its raw and genuine content and also its powerful message.
Davidson is actually from St. Catharines, which I found to be a rather interesting discovery. It is great to come across works by Canadian writers because they tend to be a rare find in general, and it is wonderful to come across Canadian works that are phenomenal pieces of writing.
Another aspect of this text I enjoyed was Davidson’s choosing to acknowledge the challenges associated with being a writer. He describes the rejection and discouragement he encountered when trying to pursue his writing career, and it is refreshing to hear a published author describe their struggles with their profession.