Around the Mountain (Paperback)Hugh Hood (author)
Paperback Published: 15/09/1994
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The republication of a book which is among the finest that Hugh Hood, one of Canada's most sophisticated and accomplished authors, has ever written. "Around the Mountain: Scenes from Montreal Life" is, in the words of John Metcalf, 'an almost perfect achievement.' "Around the Mountain" is a documentary/fantasy portrait of Montreal, its people, politics, folkways, geography and appearance as they were in the heady days of Expo 67. These twelve short narratives form a cyclical, encyclopaedic account of a dozen quarters of the city that literally circle around the peak of the low hill that Montrealers call 'the mountain'. As Hood recalls in the new introduction to the book: 'I wanted to give a kind of fossil-like existence to something that was in the process of being born and simultaneously passing away. It is fascinating to me to go through these twelve stories to judge what has remained in place and what has been swept away and forgotten. Every reader who knows Montreal will have an opinion about this. But some things have remained unmistakably in place.' "Around the Mountain" is populated with people and their stories, from the misadventures of a convivial defenceman called Fred Carpenter, to the angelic messenger, Angela Mary Robinson, whose bicultural message of love and understanding nobody understands, to Victor LaTourelle who is haunted, as so many of us in the late twentieth century are haunted, by the past.
Publisher: Porcupine's Quill Inc.,Canada
Weight: 298 g
Dimensions: 222 x 141 x 12 mm
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