Extraordinary Canadians Glenn Gould Hardcover – Sep 22 2009
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.