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Extraordinary Hardcover – Aug 13 2013

3.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Patrick Crean Editions; First Edition edition (Aug. 13 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144342370X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1443423700
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.9 x 22.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #158,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"David Gilmour uses the fraught topic to quietly explore what it can reveal about the human heart and the sweet brevity of our earthly existence." – WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Praise for A Perfect Night to Go to China winner of the 2005 Givernor General's Award fot Fiction:

"One of the most refreshing, moving and supple works of fiction written since the 21st century began." —BOOKS IN CANADA

"When a story is this affecting, the result is a luminous reading experience, the kind we all crave... Gilmour is one of the best writers we have." —TORONTO STAR

Praise for The Perfect Order of Things:

"What begins as a man returning to the places where he's suffered becomes nothing less than a writer reassessing his entire career. There might not be a more honest writer in Canada." —NATIONAL POST

About the Author

DAVID GILMOUR is the critically acclaimed and internationally bestselling author of seven previous novels and one work of non-fiction (The Film Club). Winner of the 2005 Governor General’s Award for Fiction for A Perfect Night to Go to China, Gilmour has seen his books translated into twenty-seven languages. For many years, Gilmour was a fixture on Canadian television as the national film critic for CBC’s The Journal, as well as the host of his own Gemini Award-winning show, Gilmour on the Arts. He is presently the Pelham Edgar Visiting Professor of literary studies at Victoria College at the University of Toronto.


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Format: Hardcover
Long-listed for Canada’s prestigious Giller Prize for Fiction, Extraordinary became a controversial choice after comments made by the author that many saw as sexist. It was a challenge to approach this book then, without preconceived ideas about its value.

Very spare, it’s told from the viewpoint of a man asked by his sister to assist in her suicide. It’s perhaps as objective an account as can be told about this hotly debated subject.

Read this if: you’re interested in the collateral effect of the assisted death of an ill person. 4 stars
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A moving book that's marked by a remarkable economy of language. Gilmour is a terrific writer, and I'd highly recommend his two other recent works ("The Film Club" and "Sparrow Nights") to anyone looking for engaging reads.
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David Gilmour has written a gentle, perhaps heart-breaking, tale about a social issue that demands our attention.

I enjoyed the use of dialogue to tell almost all of the story. There were a few times when I wanted the story to move forward more quickly, yet I now see that this telling is probably quite near the natural pace at which this course of events would unfold.

A good read; one to recommend to the right, and perhaps, older person.
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Admittedly I haven't read this book - yet - and I am a man. I can't, however, fail to notice that while the book has been available for some time it is only in the last three days that these very negative reviews have appeared. Suggesting at least that the reviewers' opinions have more to do with their disdain for Mr. Gilmore's recently published views of women writers than a critically fair examination of his most recent work. One must seriously doubt that a work as seriously flawed as these (women?) critics would proclaim would ever make the Giller list. Ego, read them with caution and a large grain of salt.
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It's great subject and it should have worked. But I never got any sense of character from the novel. It just slid inexorably toward death, which is fine. But why did it seem so dull?
I think the author spent so much time on the idea, he wasn't able to create interesting people. A failure. The subject of assisted suicide deserves better.
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