Robert Hirzer

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Robert Hirzer was born in Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada. After studying medicine at the University of Western Ontario, he moved to British Columbia where he worked as a family physician. The Last Plane is his first novel. He lives with his wife in New Westminster, BC.

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The Last Plane

4.21 avg rating — 28 ratings — published 2013 — 2 editions
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The beard was fuller this year but less white too. Well, not really. Thinned and paler cheeks provided that bit of trickery. Always sported his own though. Hairy Christmas. The real deal, except for the belly padding—first time ever for that add-on. He was really going to miss this gig. Bit of a legend since scoring the parade ten years in a row. Still, the mall had its advantages. Warmer. And... Read more of this blog post »
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When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
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A beautifully written exploration of existence and existentialism. Kalanithi's powerful story celebrates the meaning and joy of life, most fully realized through interaction with others and perhaps best appreciated when within earshot of the relentle ...more
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Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
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Crisply painted English world of social classes, forbidden love, post-traumatic stress disorder and much more. Unfortunately, the stream of consciousness style became more of a ream of consciousness trial. A beautifully worded view of the old sod tha ...more
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The Children Act by Ian McEwan
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Ian McEwan serves up a thick and thoughtful slice of life with this intelligent exploration of relationships, religion and regret. His masterly layering of insightful detail about the compromises invariably bound to most decisions ends with a sudden, ...more
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H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
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Impossible to categorize--most certainly a meditative memoir about falconry and grief, but also a profoundly loving and literary tribute to the wonder of this evolving world and our place in it. The Hawk rocks.
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The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
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Despite overly dense detail that hampers the pacing for my modern palate, this horror novella has withstood the test of time. The story has been meticulously crafted to allow confident interpretation in several ways, no mean feat by any standard. A b ...more
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All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
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The classic war novel to which all others must bow. The waste and horror of politically (and too often morally) condoned slaughter is told with simple yet elegant prose that is as deeply moving as it is matter of fact. A voice from the trenches that ...more
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They Left Us Everything by Plum Johnson
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In tackling the dispersal of a family home and its contents following her mother’s death, the author confronts some baggage of her own. A warm, personal, loving deliberation about that special, complex, sustaining and challenging bond we call family.
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The Martian by Andy Weir
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This Robinson “MacGyver” Crusoe style space adventure gets into orbit quickly but then loses some momentum when scientific elaboration overwhelms character development. The story is undeniably well researched and perfectly spiced with dry, sarcastic ...more
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“A few metres ahead, a young soldier with a belly wound was pleading in Russian. Peter couldn’t understand any of it—except of course the one word that was the same in German. ‘Mama...”
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“Time and I have become like an old married couple. It is my constant and reliable companion. It gives me rest and comfort and hope. It also makes me bored, discouraged and exhausted. Sometimes I pray for time to slow down or even come to a halt, usually just before I wish it would pass in the blink of an eye. It is the friend that I curse.”
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