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The Invention of the World

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Fiction. In the beginning a bull-god begets Donal Keneally, and a giant is born amongst neolithic standing stones on an Irish hilltop. The legendary Keneally brings an entire Irish village to Canada, founding a utopian society, the Revelations Colony of Truth, amid the forests of Vancouver Island. Almost a century later, the gorgeous Maggie Kyle steps out of the bush, to r ...more
Paperback, 354 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Ronsdale Press (first published January 1st 1978)
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This took me awhile to get through. Truthfully, I still don't know if I have it all sorted out which is, I think, rather true the progression of the narrative anyway.

It is a story about Donal Keneally, a god-like figure and his colony, the Revelations Colony of Truth, somewhere on Vancouver Island. It is also a story about Maggie Kyle, in many ways Keneally's opposite. She inhabits the colony after it has been abandoned and cares for the many of the people who have been abandoned with it.

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The Invention of the World is the type of book I dream about writing. But if I never write anything similar I can't be disappointed, because Jack Hodgins did it perfectly.
Trying to imagine how Hodgins created this world is humbling. These characters are incomplete, complicated, and confused, just like the rest of us. This book starts out as a story full of action. It then becomes a comedy, a mystery, and suddenly somewhere along the way you realize that you're learning something about humanity
I read this book long ago but it made such a positive impression on me that I have since recommended it to so many other people to read. I will have to read again, many years later, and see if I still like the book.
I read this many years ago, but have wonderful memories of the joyous jumble of characters. This book really captures Vancouver Island as I remember it from childhood visits.
I wanted to like this book more than I did. Good, but not great.
Started out good but got to be tedious.
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Novelist and short story writer Jack Hodgins lives on Vancouver Island where until recently he taught fiction writing at the University of Victoria. Raised in the small rural community of Merville in the Comox Valley, he graduated with a B.Ed from the University of British Columbia, and taught high school in Nanaimo between 1961 and 1981. He was a Visiting Professor at the University of Ottawa bet ...more
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