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Le Verger de pierres

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  121 ratings  ·  5 reviews
A gift from Stone Orchard: Timothy Findley's poignant collection of country-life writings.Timothy Findley and his companion William Whitehead freely admit they were innocent romantics when they purchased Stone Orchard farm over three decades ago. Both in the early stages of their writing careers, they reasoned that nothing could be more conducive to a writerly muse than a ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published October 31st 2001 by Le Serpent à plumes (first published January 1st 1998)
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Dani (The Pluviophile Reader)
The Stone Orchard is a place I wish I could have been apart of. I'm so jealous that Findley was able to lead this kind of life. I know that living there they didn't always have much money but they were constantly surrounded by such life, nature, calm and calamity. Books such as this one make me look at my own life and the changes that I want to make within it in order to stay grounded, closer to nature, to the things that matter to me and to not get so lost up in our busy North American lifestyl ...more
A bit disappointing compared to the brilliant fiction from Mr Findley (aka TIFF) but some delightful insights into urbanites coping with the realities of rural properties (a full time handyman is a prerequisite for survival); how pets enter into the plot lines of novels; how important it is to know exactly where your water comes from; and so on.
It has taken me a while to get to this book. A collection of shorts about his farm, most originally published in Harrowsmith, and surprising interesting. I shouldn't say "surprisingly" as Findley never fails to amaze me. His way of using words to tell me about his cats, dogs, neighbours and flowers makes me feel like I'm there.
Jul 11, 2011 Joanne-in-Canada rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Joanne-in-Canada by: Tall Sue from book club
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Delightful reminiscences that evoke calmness and reflection. Ah, Timothy, we miss you.
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Timothy Irving Frederick Findley was a Canadian novelist and playwright. He was also informally known by the nickname Tiff or Tiffy, an acronym of his initials.

One of three sons, Findley was born in Toronto, Ontario, to Allan Gilmour Findley, a stockbroker, and his wife, the former Margaret Maude Bull. His paternal grandfather was president of Massey-Harris, the farm-machinery company. He was rais
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