Novels

Suicide and Reviews: Part II

Tim Sandlin | Posted 04.02.2014 | Canada
Tim Sandlin

Jim Harrison has a list of writers who committed suicide within a month of finishing a novel. Last I heard, he had 35 names. It goes along with the postpartum metaphor. You've been holding the universe and your body together by sheer will for so long, that when you allow yourself to let go, you tend to let go of everything at once and the results can be messy.

Johan Thoms: The Man Responsible for More Deaths Than Hitler and Stalin Combined

Vac Verikaitis | Posted 11.24.2013 | Canada
Vac Verikaitis

On June 28th, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire and head of one of the most powerful families in Europe at the time, is on a visit to Sarajevo in Bosnia, one of the provinces of the empire. The aforementioned title character of the novel, Johan Thoms, is assigned the task of being Franz Ferdinand's chaffeur during his visit. He fails, and indirectly causes World War One.

The Life of Pi Shines Onscreen

Donald D'Haene | Posted 01.27.2013 | Canada
Donald D'Haene

I predict another novel Life of Pi by Yann Martel will be studied in a similar way by future generations. The difference is those students will be rewarded with a viewing of the just-released, sensational, epic 3D adaptation of the supposedly "unfilmable" book.

David Frum's "Patriots": Revenge Served Hot

Douglas Anthony Cooper | Posted 08.06.2012 | Canada
Douglas Anthony Cooper

Nobody is in a position to review David Frum's new novel, Patriots. You're either going to hate it for all the wrong reasons, or love it for all the wrong reasons. Set in D.C., the novel centres around Walter Schotzke, a likably louche trustafarian who is about to be swallowed whole by the populist right. Sound familiar? If so, it's because it is: Schotzke is no Frum, but there are clearly some autobiographical elements in this novel, thinly-veiled, and ready to deliver carnage to everything the ultra-right holds dear.

Dutch Group Threatens To Burn Novel 'Book Of Negroes'

CBC News | CBC News | Posted 08.21.2011 | Canada

CBC -- A Dutch group is threatening to burn Lawrence Hill's award-winning novel The Book of Negroes, because they oppose the use of the word "negro" i...