Some Great Thing Paperback – Jan 16 1992
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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
"Some Great Thing is not only a crackling good yarn, it is funny and wise and filled with wonderful people." --Paul Quarrington --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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Aside from being incredibly well-written and entertaining, this book is an intelligent reflection of Canadian issues, including race, language, government policy and opinions regarding our American neighbors.
Some Great Thing is loosely connected to Hill's second book, Any Known Blood, which is also a fabulous read.
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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Great read, have bought 2 more of his books, including the new one just out this weekPublished 13 months ago by Don Laliberte
Not finished yet--so far very good, I read his book of Negroes, one of the best I've ever read sure I will enjoy this onePublished on March 12 2014 by Margaret Finnson
Une histoire somme toute assez simple mais si bien racontée qu'elle en devient passionnante. Des personnages si bien décrits qu'ils prennent vie et on voudrait les... Read morePublished on Nov. 19 2010 by F.