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A World Elsewhere Hardcover – Deckle Edge, Aug 9 2011

3.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Canada; 1st Edition edition (Aug. 9 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307399893
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307399892
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 2.7 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #149,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for A World Elsewhere
 
#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER
A Globe and Mail Best Book
LONGLISTED 2013 – IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

 
“Johnston’s facility for inventing characters we worry about, and one we even loathe, along with a gift for word play that’s at once witty and poignant make A World Elsewhere a world well worth inhabiting.”
The Gazette
 
A World Elsewhere marks perhaps his greatest achievement in conveying the emotional state and psychology of tackling one’s past and culture.”
—Telegraph-Journal
 
“Trust Annie Dillard’s judgment: Read it and revel in one of the funniest books that will move you to a deeper sense of the poignancy of human experience.”
The Globe and Mail
 
“I’ve said many times that Canadian novelists are too obsessed with the past and ought to get with the urban present, but I’m fine if Wayne Johnston sticks to his period pieces. His fictionalized stories . . . are gripping portrayals of ambition.”
—NOW (Toronto) (Buy the Book feature)
 
 
Praise for Wayne Johnston
 
“His books are beautifully written, among the funniest I’ve ever read, yet somehow at the same time among the most poignant and moving.”
—Annie Dillard

"A wondrous writer--of rich, irresistibly readable prose. He possesses a deft intelligence and a rare sense of what's truly interesting to tell about life."
—Richard Ford

"Why I love reading Wayne Johnston: The reader goes skittering through Wayne Johnston's novels, driven inexorably forward on the force of his characters, on the power of his wit.... Wayne's stories have characters who move in and take up permanent residence."
—Mary Walsh

"A literary giant who has god-given talent."
—Will Ferguson

About the Author

WAYNE JOHNSTON was born and raised in the St. John's area of Newfoundland. His nationally bestselling novels include The Custodian of Paradise, The Navigator of New York and The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, which was an international bestseller and will be made into a film. Johnston is also the author of an award-winning and bestselling memoir, Baltimore's Mansion. He lives in Toronto.

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Wayne Johnston obviously delights in playing with words, and that is a pleasure for the reader as well. As in his previous novels, he likes to take a real-life event and build a fictionalized story around it. His characters are so exaggerated that they are fascinating. The other side of the coin though, is that the work is so intense that I found I needed to take a break from it now and then. I have another book by Johnston, but feel that I don't want to start it for a few months because my mind needs a rest and a complete change of style.
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If Mr Johnson was trying to use up his store of puns and word plays, I would say he did that.
The writing is good, and the word plays were mostly fun, but they appeared in bunches, and with different characters, as if he couldn't decide who would carry that characteristic.
Worse, the story was without hope.
Then, at the end, I think Mr. Johnson thought he might like to have it made into a movie, so he threw in a Hollywood ending. Very disappointing.
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Classic Johnston humour with wonderful play on words. Well developped characters that give us food for thought. Enjoyed it very much.

Lucie Lacroix
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I am a huge fan of Wayne Johnston and have read all his books to immense enjoyment. This novel disappointed me on many levels. The plot twists were unbelievable and even though Deacon, the child, held my interest, the other characters were unattractive in the extreme. Also Wayne seemed to borrow extensively from Jessica Grant and her marvellous debut novel "Come Thou Tortoise" with his exhausting plays on words. I finished the book in the hope there would be some redemption for me, the reader, but the ending was farcical and out of place in the literary ambition of the whole. You can do far, far better than this, Wayne.
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