Arrival

Arrival

The Story of CanLit

Book - 2017
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Publisher: Toronto : House of Anansi, c2017
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781770892217
Branch Call Number: 810.90054 MOU
Characteristics: 373 p., 32 unnnumbered p. :,ill., portraits ;,24 cm.

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steedy
Jun 15, 2018

I enjoyed the book and found it to be a good reference for Canadian literature during the Canlit boom period. However, I was disappointed that some authors were not mentioned.
For example, the author discusses Hugh MacLennan in detail, but does not discuss his contemporaries Morley Callaghan and Hugh Garner. The former wrote numerous short stories, which appeared in the "New Yorker," and his novels won a few Governor-General awards. The critic, Edmund Wilson, once called him Canada's most neglected writer. On the other hand, Hugh Garner wrote short stories and novels with a strong working class background; for example, "Cabbagetown." And how about the poet Michael Ondaatje? Barely a mention, if any.

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Pennywenny
Feb 05, 2018

Entertaing survey of well-known and less well-known writers, both novelsist and poets. Sometimes hard to read due to nonchronological order, more based on themes than timing perhaps, but after a while starts to make sense.

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