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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
Usado Condición: Fine Hard Cover
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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.


The Island Walkers is a well-written, well-constructed novel. John Bemrose's characters are so firmly established they are permitted occasionally to act against type. They live as real people live. ( Times Literary Supplement)

A closely knit family drama ... achieves a real lyrical power, bolstered by a delicately understated prose style ( The Times)

The lyrical prose style wins you over. It's not often that you find writing as good as this. ( Daily Mail)

The surprise hit of Canada's fall fiction list ( Ottawa Citizen)

A deeply atmospheric debut from John Bemrose. ( Literary Review)

In The Island Walkers, John Bemrose tells a compelling human story with such an unmistakable sense of place that the reader could be forgiven for wondering why we haven't heard of this clearly accomplished novelist before...[this] beautifully crafted debut novel...should earn [Bemrose] a place in the Canlit pantheon ( Edmonton Journal)

A compelling tale ... Peppered with poetic descriptions and loaded imagery, John Bemrose's novel is beautifully written ... It's not all doom and gloom, with moments of wild abandon and joy often bursting unexpectedly into the picture to ease the tension ... Moving, warm and ultimately positive ( The List)

The Island Walkers is so momentously bound with its backdrop that its reach feels epic. ( Observer)

An extraordinary debut novel . . . an exceptional storytelling talent ( Toronto Globe and Mail)

The storyline is taut, almost unbearably so at times, from the opening pages ( Maclean's)

The lyrical prose style wins you over. It's not often that you find writing as good as this ... Bemrose combines a fine storytelling talent with an evocative sense of place. ( Daily Mail)

A deeply atmospheric debut from John Bemrose. It stands for unspoken emotion, stoicism, occasionally contentment ... Bemrose's prose is elegant, his images well chosen ... Existential themes of endurance and anxiety are subtly woven into a languid narrative which is at the same time robust enough to examine issues of class, passion, betrayal and disintegration. ( Literary Review)

Astonishingly self-possessed ... Bemrose lingers over domestic details, but this Hardian sense of doom is only reinforced by the sinister still lifes that he sketches so well. The Island Walkers is so momentously bound with its backdrop that its reach feels epic. ( The Observer)

The Island Walkers is a beguiling, melancholy ensemble piece which manages ... not to oversimplify the complex issues involved. ( The Big Issue)

This is a lyrical novel with a strong sense of place. ( Newbooksmag)

The book casts an irresistible spell ( Nothern Woman)

An exceptionally well-drawn family drama ...'

'His style is compelling

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