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The Question

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By the Giller Prize-winning author of The Polished Hoe
A finalist for the Governor General’s Award


When a man and a woman meet on a summer day, they begin a conversation that will change both their lives. As their words weave a web of intimacy, the man finds himself drawn into recollections of his childhood on an island in the Caribbean, and to reflections on his life in To
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 17th 2004 by Emblem Editions (first published 1999)
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Yasmin
Mar 20, 2015 Yasmin rated it liked it
What manner of book is this? Two stars or five stars? One star or three? It's not easily placed for what is the story about? The synopsis on the back of this edition makes for images that are not worthy. Her life is unchange, this nameless woman, with her marriage to Malcolm. She stayed the same. But it's not about her. It's about him. His inability to have a relationship with a woman. His own dark secrets. No collision of cultures, but backgrounds, collisions of personality, or lack thereof. Fr ...more
Wendy
Sep 01, 2013 Wendy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
This novel explores the question of why we love whom we love, even when it's illogical. That's certainly the question the protagonist must answer when he leaves his loyal and loving girlfriend for a volatile, eccentric woman he meets at a party and who eventually becomes his wife.

I felt that neither the protagonist nor the narrator ever offered a satisfactory foundation that afforded me an opportunity to answer this question. Each characters' motivations seemed concealed for the duration of the
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Tiffany
Oct 15, 2012 Tiffany rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I honestly thought that some of the books I read in the past were bad but after reading this realized they are nothing compared to this book.
The question dipicts the life of an un-named man who has immigrated to Canada from an island in the caribbean. This man at a party one night meets a woman, (who is also left un-named) and starts a conversation. This conversation leads to an eventual relationship and the story of two people living together.
This may not sound so bad right? At least that's w
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Christina Cooke
Nov 02, 2014 Christina Cooke rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
written in that jaunty, supposedly "scattalogical" manner that some colonial men seem to have convinced themselves is the best way to write. the undecipherable style combined with the (albeit admitted) closed-mindedness of the protagonist completely turned me off.
Dawn
Jun 19, 2010 Dawn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
By the end of this book, I utterly hated every single character. The story jumped around between current observations and past memories so much it was difficult to keep the story line straight. And I'm pretty sure the main character was mute.

Yeah, I didn't like it.
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Austin Ardinel Chesterfield Clarke is a Canadian novelist, essayist and short story writer who lives in Toronto, Ontario. He has been called "Canada's first multicultural writer".

Clarke had his early education in Barbados and taught at a rural school for three years. In 1955 he moved to Canada to attend the University of Toronto but after two years turned his hand to journalism and broadcasting. H
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