Bruce Crown

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Bruce Crown grew up along the Corso Italia neighbourhood in Toronto, the famous St. Clair and Bathurst intersection where Italian and Portuguese cultures thrive. An alumnus of North Toronto Collegiate Institute, where he found a piqued interest in Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451, and Nineteen-Eighty-Four; he began writing and volunteering at the school library to be near the smell of cedar bookshelves and paper. While attaining his HBA from the University of Toronto in Philosophy, he continued writing theatre-plays and scripts as a hobby. After travelling to Europe and the United States, he began writing his first narrative. His debut novel: Chronic Passions, published at twenty-three, was an international hit; Bruce continued writing liter ...more

Average rating: 4.85 · 26 ratings · 7 reviews · 4 distinct works
Forlorn Passions

4.64 avg rating — 11 ratings — published 2014 — 2 editions
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Chronic Passions

it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 6 ratings — published 2013 — 4 editions
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The Romantic and The Vile

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How Dim the Promised Land

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The Romantic and The Vile releases on August 21st.

My newest novel: The Romantic and The Vile, will be released in bookstores and online retailers on August 21st.

I look forward to seeing you at the various readings and meet-and-greets in Toronto, Vancouver, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, and Paris.

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When a private Monégasque banker discovers a mysterious journal at a bookstore, he decides to ascend the spiralling staircase of the writer’s cav...
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Fear by Bob Woodward
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The modern political world is and continues to be divisive thanks to Russian domination of both news-cycles and forum discussions on various social media websites. This is the very definition of modern populism. In fact, I recommend A Very Short Intr

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What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton
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While perhaps understandably, there is a partisan war going on over this book, one that beguilingly causes even the readers of a political memoir to either rate this rather sanctimonious account of a critical election loss a one, or a five. Furthermo ...more
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Heart of Darkness and Other Tales by Joseph Conrad
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This review is part of a re-reads series; My friends and I are reading classics we had read in our youth and reviewing them. Readers should also be aware that this review makes important plot points explicit.

“The only real feeling was a desire to ge
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Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
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This review is part of a re-reads series; My friends and I are reading classics we had read in our youth and reviewing them. Readers should also be aware that this review makes important plot points explicit.

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The Conformist by Alberto Moravia
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An absolute page turner, Moravia's ability to keep your attention even as he describes benign apartment buildings or boring offices is preferred to the modern trash that passes for contemporary fiction: superfluous adjectives, obvious plot points, an ...more
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Conquered City by Victor Serge
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This is a great episodic book, albeit difficult to understand unless you are a Russian Culture student or interested in Russian History (or a general historian). As it depicts the fall of the city of St. Petersburg in the revolution of 1917 at the tu ...more
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Boredom by Alberto Moravia
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This novel unravels the despair that the world may be viewed in potential tautologies if an observer cannot find any meaning or symbolic representation behind those observations.

An illness is an illness. … The hole is a hole. People are people. Mar
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Petrarch's Humanism and the Care of the Self by Gur Zak
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Excellent papers regarding Petrarch's influences and philosophical dispositions. Any renaissance scholar or academic studying humanism would be ill-equipped if they didn't read this book.
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The Peregrine by J.A. Baker
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Poetry, Language, Thought by Martin Heidegger
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Heidegger's poems are peculiar but nice to read. The chapter on the artist and art is especially useful to creative types.
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“To say she is only a woman is to say a violin is a piece of wood with strings, and Dante is mere ink printed on paper.”
Bruce Crown, Forlorn Passions

“Artists hide their identities in the brushstrokes of their paintings, the verses in their cantos, and the sentences in their novels. The true face of an artist is never on his face and this is what he prefers. Others misunderstand this displaced melancholy with an absence of melancholy.”
Bruce Crown, How Dim the Promised Land

“First, our enemies were the natives, then they were the Nazis, then after a while it was the communists. Finally, at the pinnacle of what we’re calling civilization, our enemies are the Islamic terrorists. Our enemies seem to change over the course of history along with our ways of fighting them. But what hasn't changed is government profit; politicians and leaders seem to always be getting richer by the blood of our soldiers. Makes you wonder who the real enemy has been all this time.”
Bruce Crown, Forlorn Passions

“Every one of my books had killed me a little more.”
Norman Mailer

“A real gentleman, even if he loses everything he owns, must show no emotion. Money must be so far beneath a gentleman that it is hardly worth troubling about.”
Fyodor Dostoevsky

“Bitter, too, to be forced to acknowledge in one's heart how little love has to do with kindness.”
Pär Lagerkvist, The Sibyl

“Out in the fjord I dragged myself up at once, wet with fever and exhaustion, and gazed landwards, and bade farewell for the present to the town – to Christiania, where the windows gleamed so brightly in all the homes.”
Knut Hamsun

“I thought with melancholy how an author spends months writing a book, and maybe puts his heart’s blood into it, and then it lies about unread till the reader has nothing else in the world to do.”
W. Somerset Maugham, The Razor's Edge




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