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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Canadian Book Advent Calendar (Day 6) - "F" is for Findley


For this year’s advent calendar, I am recommending Canadian authors/books found on Schatje’s Shelves.  Again, to make things more interesting/challenging, I will use the alphabet, skipping “X” and “Z”.  In total, I propose to focus on 50 Canadian writers, an early nod to Canada's 150th birthday next year.

“F” is for Timothy Findley
Timothy Findley was a novelist and playwright.  His writing is typical of the Southern Ontario Gothic style, a term Findley invented, and was heavily influenced by Jungian psychology.  Mental illness, gender and sexuality are frequent recurring themes in his work.  Many of his novels centre on a protagonist who is struggling to find the moral and ethical and rational course of action in a situation that has spun out of control. His characters often carry dark personal secrets, and are often by these burdens.

Novels:
The Last of the Crazy People
The Butterfly Plague
The Wars (1977 Governor-General’s Award)
Famous Last Words
Not Wanted on the Voyage
The Telling of Lies
Headhunter
The Piano Man's Daughter
Pilgrim
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