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A Text Response Guide to Janette Turner Hospital's Dislocations (Wizard Study Guides Series)
Susan Perry
1875739165
October 2002
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Due Preparations for the Plague
Janette Turner Hospital
039305764X
July 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Hospital (Oyster) is a writer of many gifts; her dark imagination, astute insights into societal interactions and the supple beauty of her prose, provide an irresistible combination. This latest novel is an enthralling tale about the intertwined fates of the survivors and the relatives of those who perished on Flight 64, hijacked by terrorists in 1987. The dysfunctional life of Lowell Hawthorne, a divorced father of two children, is rooted in his mother's death on that flight when he was a teenager ("every year, as September approaches, he believes he has put it all behind him, he believes he has laid the ghosts, he believes he will feel nothing but a dull, almost pleasurable sort of pain, like a toothache. And then: shazam, he is a wreck again"). Hawthorne is also tormented by the fact that his estranged father,...


Dislocations: Stories
Janette Turner Hospital
039330681X
April 1990
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From Publishers Weekly
"In this aptly titled gathering, we experience the uprootedness of people whose lives are changed by circumstances over which they have no control," remarked PW , calling Hospital's short-story debut "richly diverse." Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal
Hospital, author of three novels, here presents 17 stories variously set in Australia, where she was born, and in India, Canada, and New York, where she has lived. In "Happy Diwali" a group of emigre Indians wear quilted eiderdown over their delicate Kashmiri silk to guard against the fierce Canadian winter. They cover themselves with outer garments of necessity and assimilation, keeping their own culture underneath. In "After Long Absence" the narrator tells us, "I know about words . . ....


Due Preparations for The Plague
Janette Turner Hospital
0393325733
June 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Hospital (Oyster) is a writer of many gifts; her dark imagination, astute insights into societal interactions and the supple beauty of her prose, provide an irresistible combination. This latest novel is an enthralling tale about the intertwined fates of the survivors and the relatives of those who perished on Flight 64, hijacked by terrorists in 1987. The dysfunctional life of Lowell Hawthorne, a divorced father of two children, is rooted in his mother's death on that flight when he was a teenager ("every year, as September approaches, he believes he has put it all behind him, he believes he has laid the ghosts, he believes he will feel nothing but a dull, almost pleasurable sort of pain, like a toothache. And then: shazam, he is a wreck again"). Hawthorne is also tormented by the fact that his estranged father,...


Due Preparations for the Plague
Janette Turner Hospital
174093203X
August 2004
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From AudioFile
This literary thriller emanates from a fictional historical event, the 1987 hijacking of Air France Flight 64 and its subsequent explosion with hundreds of passengers on board. Written in the wake of 9/11, Hospital's imaginative, frightening work is deeply informed by it, conveying in her fiction a jitteriness that feels familiar, as well as the murkiness of terror networks that betray no more solidity than liquid. The protagonists here are two survivors of the act of terror, which, years later, still haunts, obsesses, and imperils them. Sean Mangan is generally a competent reader, effectively adapting to Hospital's varying pacing and changes in points of view. Occasionally, he lapses into artificial accents but, for the most part, is true to the intensity of this disturbing novel. M.O. © AudioFile 2005, Portland,...


Last Magician
Janette Turner Hospital
039332527X
August 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
In this mesmerizing study of the effects of a dark secret on the people who must live with it, the author of Charades proves herself a magician with words and narrative structure. Moreover, she seems to have an artificer's skill for re-creating her fictional approach each time out: each of her novels is different from the others in theme, tone and method. The constants are her impeccable, sensuous prose and her fiercely intelligent imagination. Set in the rain forest near Brisbane and in the city of Sydney, in Hospital's native Australia, the narrative slowly unwinds in elliptical scenes and oblique references, like photos in which the subject is blurred but discernible, and will gradually come into focus. The "last magician" is Charlie Chang, a photographer and filmmaker who devotes himself to unraveling the...


North of Nowhere, South of Loss: Stories
Janette Turner Hospital
039305991X
October 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The Australian rainforest and the humid American South are the suffocating backdrops for most of these brooding, densely lyrical 14 stories by Hospital (Oyster; Due Preparations for the Plague; etc.). "For Mr. Voss or Occupant" begins with a feeling of foreboding, as Laura White moves herself and her daughter into a house that may be haunted by the very real presence of its former occupant, and ends abruptly with a foreshadowed but still shocking conclusion. A set of four connected stories explores the relationship of Philippa and Brian, friends since childhood in Brisbane. Philippa, an artist, frequently slips into flights of fancy from which Brian, a rational scientist, calls her back. In "Unperformed Experiments," Philippa dreams of Brian and worries that he is in trouble. In "Cape Tribulation," Philippa's...


North of Nowhere, South of Loss: Stories
Janette Turner Hospital
0393327523
March 2006
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The Australian rainforest and the humid American South are the suffocating backdrops for most of these brooding, densely lyrical 14 stories by Hospital (Oyster; Due Preparations for the Plague; etc.). "For Mr. Voss or Occupant" begins with a feeling of foreboding, as Laura White moves herself and her daughter into a house that may be haunted by the very real presence of its former occupant, and ends abruptly with a foreshadowed but still shocking conclusion. A set of four connected stories explores the relationship of Philippa and Brian, friends since childhood in Brisbane. Philippa, an artist, frequently slips into flights of fancy from which Brian, a rational scientist, calls her back. In "Unperformed Experiments," Philippa dreams of Brian and worries that he is in trouble. In "Cape Tribulation," Philippa's...


Oyster
Janette Turner Hospital
0393046184
February 1998
Hardcover
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Book Review
You won't find Outer Maroo on any map, and the people who live there intend to keep it that way. In Janette Turner Hospital's extraordinary new novel Oyster, this bleak, drought-stricken town in the Australian outback is home to a scant handful of religious fundamentalists and rowdy, gun-toting opal miners. United by their dislike for taxmen, the government, and "foreigners," the inhabitants have managed to keep their town's underground riches a secret from the world--until the day when a bloody, raving, but "quite strikingly beautiful" man staggers in from the desert and changes everything: "Then Oyster came, and quite soon after, jeeps began to announce themselves in small red clouds. There were campers and squatters, and they kept arriving as the zeros on the calendar got closer; or at any...


The Imperialist
Sara Jeanette Duncan
0771099789
June 1990
Paperback
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Carole Gerson, Simon Fraser University
a realistic novel about highly-charged political issues whose legacy affects us today... --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Description
Sara Jeannette Duncan’s classic portrait of a turn-of-the-century Ontario town, The Imperialist captures the spirit of an emergent nation through the example of two young dreamers. Impassioned by “the Imperialist idea,” Lorne Murchison rests his bid for office on his vision of a rejuvenated British Empire. His sister Advena betrays a kindred attraction to the high-flown ideals in her love for an unworldly, and unavailable, young minister. Nimbly alternating between politics and romance, Duncan constructs a superbly ironic object-lesson in the Canadian virtue of...


Oyster
Janette Turner Hospital
0393319369
June 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
You won't find Outer Maroo on any map, and the people who live there intend to keep it that way. In Janette Turner Hospital's extraordinary new novel Oyster, this bleak, drought-stricken town in the Australian outback is home to a scant handful of religious fundamentalists and rowdy, gun-toting opal miners. United by their dislike for taxmen, the government, and "foreigners," the inhabitants have managed to keep their town's underground riches a secret from the world--until the day when a bloody, raving, but "quite strikingly beautiful" man staggers in from the desert and changes everything: "Then Oyster came, and quite soon after, jeeps began to announce themselves in small red clouds. There were campers and squatters, and they kept arriving as the zeros on the calendar got closer; or at any...


Dislocations
Janette Turner Hospital
0807115088
Sept 1988
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The culture of many countriesher native Australia, England, India, the U.S. and Canada, where last year she was named among "Best Ten Younger Writers"is woven through these richly diverse stories in a first short story collection by Hospital. In this aptly titled gathering, we experience the uprootedness of people whose lives are changed by circumstances over which they have no control. "Happy Diwali" follows two young lovers, Indians living in Canada; the parkas and ski caps they must wear in this cold climate are in strange contrast with saris and other colorful adornments appropriate for the celebration of a traditional festival. In "Moving Out," an elderly Canadian widow is differently displaced and begins a painful coping with the large, noisy Chinese family that has moved in next door. Notable for its wry...

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