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Extraordinary Canadians Glenn Gould Hardcover – Sep 22 2009

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (Sept. 22 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670068500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670068500
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.3 x 20.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #255,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“In an elegant feat of rhetorical and analytical skill, Kingwell uses philosophical and cultural observations to turn the tables on the Gould enigma.” - Toronto Star

“A rich, multi-faceted consideration of [Gould].” - Calgary Herald

“Kingwell’s biography is not just about Gould and his eccentricities, but about music and its vitality.” - London Free Press

“An outstanding contribution to Penguin’s series of studies of “extraordinary Canadians”…. The choice of Canadian superstar-philosopher Mark Kingwell to write this study of Gould is inspired…. [an] enthralling and intriguing book. - Canadian Association of Music Libraries Review

About the Author

Philosopher and critic MARK KINGWELL is the author of seven books, including the national bestsellers Better Living and The World We Want as well as, most recently, Concrete Reveries and Catch and Release. Currently professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto, he is a contributing editor of Harper's Magazine and a frequent contributor to Queen's Quarterly and The Globe and Mail, among others. Concrete Reveries was nominated for the 2008 Writer's Trust Non-Fiction Prize. He has also won the 1996 Spitz Prize for political theory and the 2002 National Magazine Award for essays.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Ritchie TOP 500 REVIEWER on Nov. 10 2009
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This is an excellent book for someone who wants to know all about Mark Kingswell's erudite views on life and philosopy. It is virtually useless for someone who wants to know more about Glenn Gould. Perhaps that is as it should be. After all, it would be extraordinarily difficult to capture in words the magic of one of the great pianists and musicologists of our times. Kingswell does not even try. A major disappointment in an otherwise remarkable series of monographs on aptly titled Extraordinary Canadians.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Henry on Oct. 19 2009
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I have really enjoyed the Extraordinary Canadians series, and this one, is one of my favourites.

This one really s more of a meditation on the idea of a biography than the others, and is probably the most dense in the series. Not a big surprise coming from a philosopher.

I thought it dealt with a difficult and intriguing character in a novel way and provided a lot of insight into the enduring appeal of Glenn Gould.
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stefy on Oct. 30 2009
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Although it is surely an interesting philosophical reading on the many facets of the subject the huge "ice cold water" mistake should have been caught at least by the editor.
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