Barometer Rising Mass Market Paperback – 1958
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Mass Market Paperback, 1958
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"Barometer Rising" takes place in Halifax, Nova Scotia during 1917. The war in Europe continues to grind away, chewing up young men from around the world in its trenches and no man's lands. Nearly every passing day sees troopships exiting Halifax harbor bound for the bloodbath, and nearly every day they pass supply and munitions ships entering the port on their way to and from Europe. The city is full of foreign sailors and soldiers from every point of the compass. The war is a big deal, and since Canada serves as Britain's whipping boy, Halifax provides a safe harbor beyond the reach of German U-boats. But disaster lurks in the waters off Halifax: a munitions ship loaded with 500,000 pounds of trinitrotoluol sails into the harbor and collides with another ship. The resulting explosion is nearly nuclear in its destructiveness. Thousands die as major sections of the city explode and burn. The author shrewdly sets up his novel in countdown form, beginning on the Sunday before the explosion and ending the tale the following Monday, a few days after the disaster.Read more ›
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Maclennan parallels the trials of the Iliad with a Haligonian soldier searching for home and his Penelope. Read morePublished 4 months ago by John Clark
i love it, in a very good condition, could have say it is a new book, no sign of used at all.Published on Dec 4 2013 by Sui HaoNan
A great book and a must have for anyone wishing to have a library of classic Canadian literature in their home. Pulp this isn't. Literature it is.Published on April 5 2013 by Rafid Haidar
I found this book very hard to get into. Our grade 12 english teacher picked it for a comprehensive novel study.I think that things just moved way too slow for my liking. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2003 by sarah
I had to read this book for english class... and I love it. Ithink that this is the the most amzaging book ever. I think thatColonel Wain kicked ( ). Read morePublished on June 15 2000