Two Solitudes Paperback – Aug 5 2008
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"Canada should stage a coming-of-age party this year. We have produced two novels of the full stature of manhood [including] Hugh MacLennan's Two Solitudes ... Here is the substance of Canada, her countryside, her cities, her conflicting cultures, and, above all, her people."
"Two Solitudes is the most impressive book that comes within my range this year ... The general theme of the meeting of the two cultures is excellent."
About the Author
A major 20th century Canadian author, Hugh MacLennan was born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, in 1907. His seven novels and many essays and travel books present a chronicle of Canada that often mediates between the old world of its European cultural heritage and the new world of American vitality and materialism. Among his many honours, he won five Governor General’s Awards. Hugh MacLennan died in Montreal in 1990.See all Product Description
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I would recommend this book to anyone new to Quebec and to English and French Quebecers .It will ring true .
As a novel, the book itself is more uneven. The story starts out in compelling enough fashion as MacLennan skilfully sets up the internal conflicts of Quebec and English Canada and unfolds their various layers. Unfortunately, MacLennan stylistically is awkward, enough to be distracting at times. Also, the story becomes less compelling as it gets into its later stages, becoming a rather uninteresting romance, among other things.
The bottom line is that this book is worth reading, but there's no compelling reason to feel guilty if you don't.
A good educational enjoyable read.
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This is a Canadian classic, in my opinion, and should be required reading for all high school students. Read morePublished on March 17 2013 by Doreen Wallace
I found it to be a relaxing read. It offered insight to the difference between the French speaking and English speaking Canadians that I had not considered before. Read morePublished on March 12 2013 by Morgan Cooper