Night studies: A novel

by Constance Beresford-Howe | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0771596812 Global Overview for this book
Registered by gypsysmom of Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on 7/9/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by gypsysmom from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Sunday, July 9, 2006
Purchased at the St. Vital Library book sale. Since the author is Canadian, this book will be read and then reserved for a future Canada Day release challenge.

Journal Entry 2 by gypsysmom from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Sunday, June 14, 2009
I think Constance Beresford-Howe deserves to be much better known as a Canadian writer. She is an astute observer of people and understands that everyone, from the cleaner to the school director, has their own thoughts and desires and foibles.

This book is set in a college in Toronto called Simcoe. Beresford-Howe taught at McGill and Ryerson for many years and although she says in her dedication to her Ryerson colleagues that none of them are depicted on these pages, surely some of their attitudes and idiosyncracies made it through to her writing.

The college is a circular twenty story high rise and features a quote from Dante's Inferno at the entrance. Imogen Hughes, English teacher, thinks the geography of the school is like Dante's Hell only upside-down. On the ground floor is Incontinence (six washrooms), Lust and Gluttony (the cafeteria) but the really big vices are on the top floors: Thievery, Flattery and Hypocrisy with traitors at the very top.

On a fall night, as a thunderstorm cuts the electricity to the school (and the rest of the downtown), the various characters face their personal difficulties and, if not precisely triumph over them, at least rise up a few notches on the ladder out of perdition. Very satisfying.

I will be releasing this book during the 2009 Canada Day release challenge which starts on June 20, 2009.

Journal Entry 3 by gypsysmom at Gertrude Williams Lily Park in Neepawa, Manitoba Canada on Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Released 13 yrs ago (7/1/2009 UTC) at Gertrude Williams Lily Park in Neepawa, Manitoba Canada



I left this book on a little bench inside this lovely little park. This release is for the 2009 Canada Day release challenge and for the 52 towns in 52 weeks challenge.

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