On Reading the Giller Longlist 2011


Tonight's the night. The 2011 Giller Prize. On Sunday, I finished my last of the sixteen longlisted books. The links to my responses are below, with musings on: G for Giller-bility I for Inner workings L for Language L for Locale E for Engagement and R for Readers wanted. Spoiler-free

On Reading the Giller Longlist 20112020-10-01T12:10:01-05:00

Knot: The Cat’s Table


Michael Ondaatje's The Cat's Table McClelland & Stewart, 2011 You can learn a lot from reading novels. For instance, in reading this one, you could learn the following: How to spell Egypt (Ever Grasping Your Precious Tits); The way to a first-class breakfast on a cruise even if you're not

Knot: The Cat’s Table2014-03-15T16:38:43-05:00

Connections: A Good Man


Guy Vanderhaeghe's A Good Man McClelland & Stewart, 2011 Sebastian Barry has said that a good historical novel is about "retrieving the present moment".* That is true of Guy Vanderhaeghe's A Good Man. From the beautiful but austere cover art of the frontier, to the detailed descriptions of fort and

Connections: A Good Man2014-07-11T16:16:01-05:00

Harmony: The Little Shadows


Marina Endicott's The Little Shadows Random House - Doubleday, 2011 Last Sunday, Marina Endicott appeared with Nicole Lundrigan, Riel Nason and Miriam Toews at a round table, moderated by the (talented) Susan G. Cole, at the 32nd annual International Festival of Authors. Sometimes in a round table session, one author

Harmony: The Little Shadows2020-10-01T12:08:56-05:00

Across: The Free World


David Bezmozgis' The Free World HarperCollins, 2011 The Krasnansky family is making their way out of Soviet Russia, travelling to Rome. Samuil, the patriarch, is annoyed by the tour guide's suggestion that the history of Western civilization could be plotted along the road that the bus is travelling. "Their history:

Across: The Free World2014-03-15T16:39:19-05:00
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