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Bedside Book of Birds: An Avian Miscellany
Graeme Gibson
0385514832
October 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In this intriguing, beautifully illustrated volume, Canadian writer and birder Gibson (Five Legs) employs poems, folk tales, parables, legends, and extracts from the works of naturalists and others to explore humans' relationship with birds through the centuries. Some of the material—Peter Matthiessen's tribute to shorebirds, Edna St. Vincent Millay's poem about wild swans, Thomas Hardy's ode to a darkling thrush—reflect the joy many people feel on seeing or hearing a bird. But a number of the pieces, such as Robinson Jeffers's wrenching poem about a hurt hawk, Gabriel García Márquez's story involving sinister curlews and Kafka's threatening fantasy about a vulture, do not make the best bedtime reading. Numerous selections dwell on the human propensity for killing, exploitation and...


Eleven Canadian Novelists
Graeme Gibson
0887846157
February 1972
Paperback
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About the Author
Graeme Gibson is the acclaimed author of Communion, Perpetual Motion, Gentleman Death, and Five Legs.


The Bedside Book of Birds (Bloomsbury Ed.)
Graeme Gibson
0385662203
Oct 2005
Hardcover
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Five Legs
Graeme Gibson
0887846904
August 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
First published by Anansi in 1969, Five Legs was a breakthrough for Canadian experimental fiction, selling 1,000 copies in its first week. Five Legs is the subversive tale of two guilt-ridden young men, Lucan Crackell and Felix Oswald-one a professor, the other his student-caught in the grip of the North American Protestant ethic, with its emotional web-spinning and sexual torments. Gibson captures both their mortifications and their spirited resistance to all things WASP, themselves included, in stream-of-consciousness prose that is at once fluid, disjointed, and hilarious. This is essential reading for any Canlit junkie, and quite a trip.

About the Author
Graeme Gibson is the author of Communion, Perpetual Motion, and Gentleman Death and is the editor of Eleven Canadian...


Gentleman Death
Graeme Gibson
0771033117
September 2002
Paperback
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Review
Gentleman Death is a modern danse macabre. A wise and powerful chronicle of fathers and sons and brothers on a new voyage of discovery to the end of the night.”
–Alberto Manguel

“In this engaging novel, Graeme Gibson uses the foibles of an aging novelist to address the unaccountable fears that obsess us all sometimes in the small hours of the morning.…His story steams along, effortlessly propelled by fine prose, wit, and insight.…Delightful.…”
Quill & Quire (starred review)

“An intense, passionate, deeply felt meditation on human mortality and mutability which speaks directly to the heart as well as to the mind.…[A] tour de force.…”
Kitchener-Waterloo Record

“Utterly...


Last of the Curlews (The New Canadian Library Series)
Fred Bodsworth
077109874X
July 1991
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet W.S. Merwin found this slim 1955 novel on a shelf in the house of friends, and, struck with the "plain, succinct evocation and beauty" of Fred Bodsworth's writing, suggested its reissue to a publisher. This is a quick, elegant, devastating read. The Eskimo curlew was a species of shorebird that migrated (and perhaps, in extremely small numbers, still migrates) south from arctic Canada every fall, in a flight that took it eastward across Canada, and then, after feeding, south over the Atlantic to South America--this latter journey nearly 2,500 miles of nonstop flight. The curlew was almost unique among shorebirds for its ability to make this grueling passage.

Bodsworth, a respected ornithologist, makes us care about his fictional bird protagonist--a lone curlew in search of a mate--while still...



Perpetual Motion
Graeme Gibson
0771034628
September 1997
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
There is a wealth of detail in this well-researched, panoramic novel set in rural 19th century Ontario, where the doomed Robert Fraser is a reluctant farmer and inveterate dreamer. He spends his time trying to devise a perpetual-motion machine to relieve him of his labors in controlling nature. The novel begins as Fraser unearths a prehistoric skeleton with his horse-drawn plow. He soon determines to reap profits from the natural past (by exhibiting the specimen) to finance the construction of his toil-free future. His course of action over the ensuing 20 years yields only tragic consequences for him and his family and for nature itself. Gibson succeeds in implying an analogy between the folly of Fraser's project and contemporary environmental decimation through land speculation and development. Fictively,...


Joshua, Judges and Ruth (The Daily Study Bible Series)
A. Graeme Auld
0664218091
May 1985
Hardcover
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Book Description
Each Old Testament volume is divided into small study units that can be read and understood easily in only a few minutes a day.


I and II Kings
A. Graeme Auld
0664245854
November 1986
Paperback
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Book Description
This provides a useful, reliable and eminently readable way to discover what the Old Testament writers were saying then and what God is saying today. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


Nation, Culture, Text: Australian Cultural and Media Studies
Graeme Turner (Editor)
0415088860
November 1993
Paperback
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Book Description
Nation, Culture, Text is the first collection of work in cultural studies from Australia, selected and introduced for an international readership. Participating in the `de-centering' of cultural studies--considering what perspectives non-Europeans or Americans have to offer--the contributors raise important issues about the role of a national tradition of critical theory, and about the cultural specificity of theory itself.

Contributors: Tony Bennett, Stuart Cunningham, Ross Gibson, Pam Gilbert, Helen Grace, Ian Hunter, Elizabeth Jacka, Eric Michaels, Meaghan Morris, Virginia Nightingale, Tom O'Regan, Noel Sanders, John and Marian Tulloch.

About the Author
Graeme Turner is Associate Professor in Cultural and Media Studies at the University...


Ground Works: Avante-Garde for Thee
Christian Bok (Editor)
0887846912
August 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Ground Works celebrates the innovators behind the unruly iconoclasm at work in Canada's best fiction. Sometime between the 1960s and 1980s Canadian society began unbuttoning itself, and our experimental writers helped loosen the threads. This anthology exhibits the first deep breaths. From Leonard Cohen's Beautiful Losers to John Riddell's Pope Leo El Elope (a tale that recounts a papal assassination, using only the letters E, L, O, and P) to the most radical écriture féminine of Audrey Thomas and Gail Scott, Ground Works displays Canadian writing as it's never been seen before. The idea for the anthology was Margaret Atwood's. She introduces Ground Works, and joins forces with avant-garde poet Christian Bök to collect the very best experimental fiction written in English between 1965 and 1985.

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