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The Colony of Unrequited Dreams by Wayne Johnston
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Mar 12, 11


This novel is a work of arcane Canadiana brought to life. That said, it is involving, gripping, and reminiscent of the tone you might find in a Robertson Davies novel. For those of you who may have read and loved Annie Proulx's "The Shipping News" you might enjoy another portrayal of Newfoundland, with equally quirky and engaging characters. Joey Smallwood, who was the first premier of Newfoundland when it became the tenth province of Newfoundland is the hero, and Shelagh Fielding, a Dorothy Parker like writer who fascinates him all his life is his muse, and protagonist. Both serious and funny, poignant and dramatic, the novel is absorbing to the last page. Wayne Johnson is a Newfoundlander by birth and writes with love and respect about the island its native sons and daughters call "The Rock."
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