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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Canada (Sept. 22 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670068500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670068500
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.3 x 20.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #103,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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