A Novel

Book - 2004
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From one of Canada's beloved fiction writers comes a tale of love and loss, guilt and forgiveness -- and finding redemption in the eye of a hurricane. Few people seek out the tiny Caribbean island of Dampier Cay. Visitors usually wash up there by accident, rather than by design. But this weekend, three people will fly to the island deliberately. They are not coming for a tan or fun in the sun. They are coming because Dampier Cay is where it is, and they have reason to believe that they might encounter something there that most people take great measures to avoid -- a hurricane. A lottery windfall and a few hours of selfishness have robbed Caldwell of all that was precious to him, while Beverly, haunted by tragedy and screwed by fate since birth, has given up on life. Also on the flight is Jimmy Newton, a professional storm chaser and videographer who will do anything for the perfect shot. Waiting for them at Dampier is the manager of the Water's Edge Hotel, "Bonefish" Maywell Hope, who arrived at Dampier by the purest accident of all -- the accident of birth. A descendent of the pirates who sailed the Caribbean hundreds of years ago, Hope believes if he works hard enough, he can prevent the inevitable. Until, that is, the seas begin to rise . . . Cinematic and harrowing, spiced with Quarrington's trademark humour, Galveston shows just how far people will go to feel alive.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, 2004
ISBN: 9780679312369
Branch Call Number: QUAR
Characteristics: 247 p


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Jun 25, 2012

What happens when you have had a hard life, when you no longer have feeling, but numbness. Follow Caldwell, Beverly and Jimmy to Dampier Island where they are all obsessed with something. Local characters, Maywell "Bonefish" Hope and Lester Brown, which provide some colorful exchanges thoughout the novel. And will Hurricane Claire pass them or head straight for them? Who will survive and who will perish?

Aug 14, 2008

This book was just OK, I'm not sure why it was short-listed for the Giller Prize.
It was unusual, so I found it good to read something different. I also like to support Canadian fiction. However, I didn't find the plot that intelligent and it came to no real revelation for me, no conclusion of consequence so to speak.
I also thought it was very "male" in that the language was often crude and abrupt. I also found the repeated use of such terms as "purchase" (e.g. his feet found purchase on the rocks) annoying.

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