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Some Great Thing Paperback – Jan 16 1992

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Turnstone Press; 2 edition (Jan. 16 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0888011679
  • ISBN-13: 978-0888011671
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14.6 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 354 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,063,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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?[Hill] lures the reader with the sheer naturalness of the hilarious script, while sneaking in telling stories about the sad state of race relations in this country.?
-- The Globe and Mail () --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Lawrence Hill was raised in Ontario and has lived and worked across Canada, Spain, France, West Africa, and the United States. He has worked as a reporter for the Globe and Mail and The Winnipeg Free Press. He now lives in Burlington, Ontario with his wife and children.

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Format: Hardcover
Colin McAdam's 'Some Great Thing' is a book that explores the lives of the creators of Ottawa; its two protagonists, Jerry McGuinty and Simon Struthers are responsible for the expansion of Ottawa, but much like their lives, this expansion spirals out of control before either of them realize it.

Its braided narrative is quite a nice touch and gives us insight into both the characters' personal lives, and their business endeavors. Jerry McGuinty is clearly the hero in McAdam's novel, but although Simon is unlikeable, his desperation, obsession and letdowns are remarkably redeeming and endearing, though they are indeed pathetic.

The novel has some mildly interesting side characters, very strong and ambitious dialogue, great poetic structure and word play, and very relatable for anyone who has spent time in Ottawa, past or present.

Although not the best read in the world and at times, if you are unfamiliar with the inner workings of the building industry, a bit tedious and confusing, McAdam has great insight into the human psyche and the saddest and happiest most human moments of 'Some Great Thing' are absolutely inspiring.
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By A Customer on Oct. 26 2004
Format: Hardcover
MacAdam's novel is a great and lasting achievement, a book that will be read for year's to come in this country and around the world. That he should have such a deft ability to create such different and convincing voices in what is his first novel is deeply impressive. MacAdam displays a brilliant range of tone and emotion. The book is funny, sad, dark, scabrous and ultimately humane and optimistic. One gets to know the characters as if one has walked in on the middle of their lives. There is no omniscient authorial presence telling us how to feel or who to trust. As in life, one works this sort of thing out as events unfold. While some might find this cimematic, even epigrammatic, style to be difficult at first, it ultimately proves to be one of the great strengths of the book. The scenes jump cut from one to the next, and jigsaw-puzzle-like, one gradually develops a view of the whole world the the book contains. One arrives at the end of the book with an organic sense of how the lives of the characters came to be the way they are. The journey along the way is filled with brilliant, poetic, hard-edged, profound and engaging writing. Get this book and read it.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Aug. 3 2004
Format: Hardcover
I found it interesting to try and figure out which real people the author had in mind with this story of family breakdown, and the building industry in Canada. The style is quirky, and can be hard to follow as the voice changes. I found it a bit of a struggle. I don't think I would recommend it.
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