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English 3201 November 2013 Independent Novel Study
Novels and Non-fiction Novels Waiting for Time by Bernice Morgan The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkein Away by Jane Urquhart Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger In the Hands of the Living God by Lillian Bouzanne Dracula by Bram Stoker Non-fiction: Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally Baltimore’s Mansion by Wayne Johnston
Waiting for Time by Bernice Morgan A twentieth-century descendant of the Lavinia of Random Passage, Lav rediscovers the power of her heritage and a courage she didn't know she possessed. Waiting for Time, the sequel to international best-selling novel Random Passage by Bernice Morgan, continues the saga of the inhabitants of Cape Random. It also tells the story of today’s Newfoundland – a place where the past overshadows the present and shapes the future. This is the story of lonely, unplanned journeys, of courage and pride, of loss that must be endured again and again until we understand the nature of the path we have taken and the place at which we arrived.
The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence In her best-loved novel, The Stone Angel, Margaret Laurence introduces Hagar Shipley, one of the most memorable characters in Canadian fiction. Stubborn, grouchy, self-reliant – and, at ninety, with her life nearly behind her – Hagar Shipley makes a bold last step towards freedom and independence. Read about her escape! And how she brings us back to her past. The Stone Angel is a disturbing book. Disturbing enough, in fact, that it's been making readers feel uneasy since it was first published nearly three and a half decades ago. Since the book is required reading in many North American school systems and colleges, a lot of young people are disturbed by The Stone Angel every year. And quite often they don't know why. Linda L. Richards is the editor of January Magazine and the author of several novels.
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkein The Fellowship of the Ring is the first of three volumes in The Lord of the Rings, an epic set in the fictional world of Middle- earth. The Lord of the Rings is an entity named Sauron, the Dark Lord, who long ago lost the One Ring that contains much of his power. His overriding desire is to reclaim the Ring and use it to enslave all of Middle-earth.
Away by Jane Urquhart A stunning, evocative novel set in Ireland and Canada, Away traces a family’s complex and layered past. The narrative unfolds with shimmering clarity, and takes us from the harsh northern Irish coast in the 1840s to the quarantine stations at Grosse Isle and the barely hospitable land of the Canadian Shield; from the flourishing town of Port Hope to the flooded streets of Montreal; from Ottawa at the time of Confederation to a large-windowed house at the edge of a Great Lake during the present day. Graceful and moving, Away unites the personal and the political as it explores the most private, often darkest corners of our emotions where the things that root us to ourselves endure. Powerful, intricate, lyrical, Away is an unforgettable novel.
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger Since his debut in 1951 as The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield has been synonymous with "cynical adolescent." Holden narrates the story of a couple of days in his sixteen-year-old life, just after he's been expelled from prep school, in a slang that sounds edgy even today and keeps this novel on banned book lists. It begins, "If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. In the first place, that stuff bores me, and in the second place, my parents would have about two hemorrhages apiece if I told anything pretty personal about them.“ His constant wry observations about what he encounters, from teachers to phonies (the two of course are not mutually exclusive) capture the essence of the eternal teenage experience of alienation.
In the Hands of the Living God by Lillian Bouzanne This gentle story describes the daily life and experience of the wife of John Cabot. In the Age of Explorers, we have heard a lot about the male heroes. What was life like for the women who stayed at home? Bouzanne describes Matthye's quiet and orderly life and her unorderly fears for her husband's safety with such a convincing voice. You really believe that you are hearing Matthye speak and that Bouzanne found her original letters and diaries. The book is also a bit of a mystery, which Bouzanne cleverly keeps you hinged to the question of Cabot's death.
Dracula by Bram Stoker The actual novel is very cool! A dreary castle, blood-thirsty vampires, open graves at midnight, and other gothic touches fill this chilling tale about a young Englishman's confrontation with the evil Count Dracula. A horror romance as deathless as any vampire, the blood-curdling tale still continues to hold readers spellbound a century later. Warning: watching the movie will really confuse you!
If you liked Elie Wisel’s Night… then read Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally In the shadow of Auschwitz, a flamboyant German industrialist grew into a living legend to the Jews of Cracow. He was a womaniser and heavy drinker who enjoyed the good life, yet to them he became a saviour. Thomas Keneally's Booker Prize- winning novel recreates the story of Oskar Schindler, an Aryan who risked his life to protect Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland, who continually defied and outwitted the SS, and who was transformed by the war into an angel of mercy. It is an unforgettable tale, all the more extraordinary for being true. Warning: the Steven Spielberg award winning movie is excellent; however, you will miss all the details about the two key people: Oscar Schindler and the brutal SS (Nazi secret service) commandant Amon Goeth.
Baltimore’s Mansion by Wayne Johnson Baltimore's Mansion introduces us to the Johnstons of Ferryland, a Catholic colony founded by Lord Baltimore in the 1620s on the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland, and centres on three generations of fathers and sons. Filled with heart-stopping description and a cast of stubborn, acerbic, yet utterly irresistible family members, it is an evocation of a time and a place reminiscent of Wayne Johnston's best fiction. Great scene when the grandfather turns off the television because he hates Joey Smallwood.