Monthly Archives: November 2017

Bellevue Square. Michael Redhill.

Redhill, Michael. Bellevue Square. Doubleday Canada, Toronto, 2017. F;11/17. This was the winner of the 2017 Giller Prize, and I think it deserved it. It was certainly in a different league than the other two I read, Minds of Winter … Continue reading

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I Am a Truck. Michelle Winters.

Winters, Michelle. I Am a Truck. Invisible, Halifax, 2016. F;11/17. This was one of three of the 2017 Giller Prize shortlist I had a look at. It didn’t win  (shouldn’t have in my opinion), but was less tedious than Minds … Continue reading

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Minds of Winter. Ed O’Loughlin.

O’Loughlin, Ed. Minds of Winter. Anansi, Toronto, 2016. F;11/17. I’ve picked up a few of the Giller Prize shortlist novels, including the winner, Bellevue Square. This long story was for me third out of three. A lot of novels create … Continue reading

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Carben, Ottawa.

  November, 2017 This is a wonderful little restaurant. Our hosts Bill and Linda know every meter of the city of Ottawa and whenever we visit they introduce us to something new and exciting. Carben definitely qualifies. One small problem: … Continue reading

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Religion for Atheists. Alain de Botton.

de Botton, Alain. Religion for Atheists. Signal (McClelland and Stewart), New York, 2012. NF; 11/17. I found this author’s style and ideas compelling. His honesty, humility, erudition, and ironic smarts seemed to me absolutely right, again and again. Yes! Of … Continue reading

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The Mackenzie Room, Vancouver.

November 2017. For some reason I’d wanted to go to this place for a long time, seduced I suppose by the name, location, and a lot of testimonials from good friends. One of them said it was the best meal … Continue reading

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Manhattan Beach. Jennifer Egan.

Egan, Jennifer. Manhattan Beach. Scribner, New York, 2017. F;10/17. I loved this story. I said of Egan’s A Visit From the Goon Squad that the author is “telling us something we have never heard in quite the same way before … Continue reading

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