Michael Ondaatje’s Warlight (2018)

2018-08-02T16:41:25-05:00

If The Cat’s Table (2011) was a slow and steady unravelling of a young boy’s memories, yarn taut and tidy, Warlight is a mass of moth-eaten fragments, remnants of a finely-crafted woollen garment pulled from a trunk. A thing of beauty, yes, but the devastation is the first thing

Michael Ondaatje’s Warlight (2018)2018-08-02T16:41:25-05:00

I Spy: Walt and Mr. Jones

2017-07-20T18:04:57-05:00

As much as these stories focus on solitary characters who observe, from the margins, they long for something else; Walt and Mr. Jones are ultimately preoccupied with relationships. Goose Lane Editions, 2014 Margaret Sweatman's Mr. Jones openly confronts duplicity. "His life had been contrary, a series of duplications: two homes; a father who’d

I Spy: Walt and Mr. Jones2017-07-20T18:04:57-05:00

Steven Galloway’s The Confabulist (2014)

2014-10-07T13:46:53-05:00

It doesn’t get much more obvious than stacking these truths on the book jacket: there it is. Knopf Canada, 2014 The Confabulist Steven Galloway For even though the noun more commonly associated with ‘confabulate’ is ‘confabulation’, what is most important here is not the story itself but the

Steven Galloway’s The Confabulist (2014)2014-10-07T13:46:53-05:00

María Dueñas’ The Time In Between (2011)

2014-03-15T19:29:28-05:00

The Time In Between is essential reading for those who thought that reading about the Spanish Civil War meant Hemingway and Orwell. In her lush and sprawling novel, María Dueñas presents the era via the perspective of  "an independent woman in difficult times". There was no room for a seamstress like

María Dueñas’ The Time In Between (2011)2014-03-15T19:29:28-05:00
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