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The Island Walkers

Bemrose, John

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ISBN 10: 0719566592 / ISBN 13: 9780719566592
Editorial: John Murray, Great Britain, 2004
Condición: Fine Encuadernación de tapa dura
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This is a true UK first edition / first printing, with the complete numberline 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 on the copyright page. A powerful, lyrical novel about family and community, by the acclaimed Canadian author. It was shortlisted for the Giller Prize 2003 and the Booker Prize 2004. This is the author's debut novel. We protect all our books with a removable plastic cover, and send them with care. N° de ref. de la librería 001213

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Título: The Island Walkers

Editorial: John Murray, Great Britain

Año de publicación: 2004

Encuadernación: Hard Cover

Condición del libro:Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Fine

Edición: First Edition

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For generations, the Walkers have lived in the Island, a small, working class mill-town beside Ontario's Attawan River. But in the summer of 1965 their peace is shattered. When a union organiser comes to town, Alf Walker is forced to choose between loyalty to his friends and advancement up the company ranks. His decision threatens to overwhelm not only his own life, but also his family. Through the course of the book, we come to know the Walkers intimately - Alf, as he attempts to keep ahead of these turbulent events; his son Joe, whose world is overturned by the passion and uncertainty of young love; and his wife Margaret, who must reconcile her English upbringing with the world in which she finds herself. The Island Walkers is a deeply moving novel of a family struggling to make its way through a changing world. Written with remarkable understanding and perception, it reveals a writer of rare vision and accomplishment.

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"A beautiful, elegiac novel about place, family, and community. A profoundly moving book."
-Guy Vanderhaeghe

"As Margaret Laurence staked out a world, Manawaka, in her novels and David Adams Richards has mined the Miramichi, Bemrose has created the vivid community of Attawan to tell an archetypal tale."
-Halifax Chronicle-Herald

"An astonishing debut, a big and breathtaking family novel that is both understated and passionate."

"[An] extraordinary debut novel.... Encompassing, bountiful, beautiful...."
-Globe and Mail

"A great reading experience, and Bemrose has now become a fiction writer to watch."
-W.P. Kinsella, Books in Canada

"A clear-eyed eulogy for a town and way of life that is gone forever."
-Sandra Martin, Globe and Mail

"We don't have many novels that cross generations like this and give us both the interior of lives, a sense of social history, and an incredibly strong sense of place. The story is ambitious, and yet simply, beautifully told. The whole thing flows along like a river - a real page-turner with Dantean echoes and lyrical insights that are often breathtaking."
-Marni Jackson

"A powerful debut novel."
-Library Journal

"The Island Walkers is thick with natural beauty and social insight.... A profoundly sensitive portrayal of a family's efforts to find its way through the tangled threads of desire and nobility, guilt and love."
-Christian Science Monitor

"As fine as any novel you will read this year."
-New York Sun
"Richly textured and multilayered.... Masterful.... A beautifully realized and emotionally resonant novel that stays with you long after you turn the last page."
-Kitchener-Waterloo Record

"[An] accomplished first novel...."
-Publishers Weekly

"Rhythmical prose, a strong sense of physical place and a restrained, moving atmosphere of mourning for the past."
-National Post

"A finely wrought first novel...."
-Kirkus Reviews

"A compelling human story.... [This] beautifully crafted debut novel should earn Bemrose a place in the Canlit pantheon...."
-Edmonton Journal

"The book's sense of place, its sense of the acceleration of time between generations, its sudden, surprising insights, give the sprawling story its impressive weight.... A riveting read...."
-London Free Press

"Bemrose has a talent for capturing the sad lyricism of ordinary lives.... Bemrose's poetic touch finds beauty in obscure corners and grandeur in small victories."
-Baltimore Sun

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