Consolation

Consolation There Is A Vast Part Of This City With Mouths Buried In It Mouths Capable Of Speaking To Us But We Stop Them Up With Concrete And Build Over Them And Whatever It Is They Wanted To Say Gets Whispered Down Empty Alleys And Turns Into Wind These Are Among The Last Words Of Professor David Hollis Before He Throws Himself Off A Ferry Into The Frigid Waters Of Lake Ontario A Renowned Professor Of Forensic Geology, David Leaves In His Wake Both A Historical Mystery And An Academic Scandal He Postulated That On The Site Where A Sports Arena Is About To Be Built Lie The Ruins Of A Victorian Boat Containing An Extraordinary Treasure A Strongbox Full Of Hundreds Of Never Seen Photographs Of Early Toronto, A Priceless Record Of A Lost City His Colleagues, However, Are Convinced That He Faked His Research Materials.Determined To Vindicate Him, His Widow, Marianne, Sets Up Camp In A Hotel Overlooking The Construction Site, Watching And Waiting For The Boat To Be Unearthed The Only Person To Share Her Vigil Is John Lewis, Fianc To Her Daughter, Bridget An Orphan Who Had Come To Love David As His Own Father, John Finds Himself Caught In A Struggle Between Mother And Daughter All The While Keeping A Dark Secret From Both Women.Interwoven Into The Contemporary Story Is Another Narrative Set In 1850s The Tale Of Jem Hallam, A Young Apothecary Struggling To Make A Living In The Harsh New City So He Can Bring His Wife And Daughters From England Crushed By Ruthless Competitors, He Develops An Unlikely Friendship With Two Other Down On Their Luck Torontonians Samuel Ennis, A Brilliant But Dissolute Irishman, And Claudia Rowe, A Destitute Widow Together They Establish A Photography Business And Set Out To Create Images Of A Fledgling City Where Wooden Sidewalks Are Put Together With Penny Nails, Where Indians Spear Salmon At The River Mouth And The Occasional Bear Ambles Down King Street, Where Department Stores Display International Wares And Fine Mansions Sit Cheek By Jowl With Shantytowns.Consolation Moves Back And Forth Between David Hollis S Legacy And Jem Hallam S Struggle To Survive, Ultimately Revealing A Mysterious Connection Between The Two Narratives Exquisitely Crafted And Masterfully Written, Michael Redhill S Superlative Book Reveals How History Is Often Transformed Into A Species Of Fantasy, And How Time Alters The Contours Of Even The Things We Hold Most Certain As Complex And Layered As The City Whose Story It Tells, Consolation Evokes The Mysteries Of Love And Memory, And What Suffering The Absence Of The Beloved Truly Means From The Hardcover Edition. Consolation is a brilliantly written Canadian novel about the rapidly changing world, and about the secrets we bury and the legacies we all leave behind filled with the nostalgia of history and the sadness of the impending future and the past forgotten,
He put it a recently excavated clay pipe into my hand and closed my fingers over it and he said, the past really happened You held it in your hand You know something most people don t Consolation, 435 Consolation changed the way I look at Toronto, the city where I live This was not only because it asked me to imagine things like black bears wa
This was a really enjoyable read a story of early Toronto 1850ish if I remember correctly intertwined a story of another Toronto family in 1997 Each half of the story has a pretty similar weighting and I didn t mind switching between the two because it didn t happen too often and both halves were entertaining and written in similar styles.The modern day story is woven around the death of David Hollis, a historical researcher, and the historical story meets up with his research in a way that This was a really enjoyable read a story of early Toronto 1850ish if I remember correctly intertwined a story of another Toronto family in 1997 Each half of the story has a pretty similar weighting and I didn t mind switching between the two becau
I live in Toronto I love history and architecture This book was an incredible read and eventually I found myself on a walking tour of the buildings and history with Michael Redhill.There is so much development happening in the area of the waterfront where land was reclaimed now I am s
I took a long time getting through this book because I didn t want it to end Redhill could have made it twice as long and I wouldn t have complained Compelling characters and settings, especially the 1850s Toronto segments I really, really, loved this book Redhill is one of my favourite C
I must say I enjoyed this book 5 stars worth, but that s because I ve lived in and near Toronto since 1977 It s a good story, quite how true I m not sure, of the search for some historical 1850s photos of Toronto possibly buried in the landfill which
I borrowed this book without putting much time into reviewing it beforehand When I actually picked it up to read and determined what it was about ie Toronto I figured it would be boring and likely not worth my while Once I started reading it, I initially confirmed my suspicions and almost put it down in reality, I never do this Am I glad I didn t I loved the intermingling of the two stories one from 1997 Toronto where I happen to live and one from 1856 historical Toronto It became a I borrowed this book without putting much time into reviewing it beforehand When I actually picked it up to read and determined what it was about ie Toronto I figured it would be boring and likely not worth my while Once I started reading it, I initially confirmed my suspicions and almost put it down in reality, I never do this Am I glad I didn t I loved the intermingling of the two stories one from 199
The much longer full review can be found at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter.com As regular readers know, all this month I m doing a special concentration here on the nominees for the 2007 Booker Prize, basically the British version of the Pulitzer and a prize many think is act
David Hollis spent his career unearthing artifacts of old Toronto, but at the time of his death from Lou Gehrig s disease, his academic legacy was shadowed by his unsupported claims that a complete set of glass negatives of photos of Toronto, circa 1860, was lost in a shipwreck that now lies under landfill However, the story doesn t really deal with David except in flashback, as his wife, one of his daughters, and his daughter s fianc deal with his death by keeping vigil over a construction si David Hollis spent his career unearthing artifacts of old Toronto, but at the time of his death from Lou Gehrig s disease, his academic legacy was shadowed by his unsupported claims that a complete set of glass negatives of photos
This book was divided into two time frames Toronto of the 1850 s and of the 1990 s I enjoyed the story from the 1850 sthan that of the 1990 s I could not really getthan a limited understanding of what was happening in the 1990 s possibly because characters were presented as complete and did not really develop much The interplay between John and Marianne while watching the construction site seemed fraught with a lot of unexplained angst The story with J Hallam, Sam Ennis and Cl This

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  • Paperback
  • 480 pages
  • Consolation
  • Michael Redhill
  • English
  • 13 September 2018
  • 0385659512