Jack Hodgins The Barclay Family Theatre

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The Barclay Family Theatre

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Fiction. With THE BARCLAY FAMILY THEATRE, his second collection of short stories, Jack Hodgins introduces us to a cast of characters who transform the everyday world of Vancouver Island into a wondrous world of human warmth and comic energy. There is Barclay Desmond, caught between the ambitions of his mother, who wants him to become a concert pianist, and his father who wants him to follow in his steps as a logger. There is Mr. Pernouski, a real estate agent and the fattest man to ride a B.C. ferry, who believes he can offer his clients their heart's desire. Hodgins also takes us abroad to Ireland and Japan to watch as his people attempt to reinvent themselves in new theaters of action. Through it all, Hodgins depicts his people struggling to centre themselves as their world rocks them into new and unforeseen directions.

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Jack Hodgins' fiction has won the Governor General's Award, the Canada-Australia Prize, the Commonwealth Prize (Canada and the Caribbean) and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, amongst others. He has given readings, talks, and workshops in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and several European countries, and has taught an annual fiction workshop in Mallorca, Spain.

A Passion for Narrative (a guide to writing fiction) is used in classrooms and writing groups across Canada and Australia. In 2006 he received both the Terasen Lifetime Achievement Award and the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence in British Columbia. In 2009 the Governor General appointed him a Member of the Order of Canada.

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Book Description Ronsdale Press, Canada, 2012. Paperback. Condition: New. 4th ed.. Language: English . Brand New Book. In The Barclay Family Theatre, his second collection of short stories, Jack Hodgins extends his earlier themes. There are still the unforgettable and often eccentric characters of Vancouver Island: the young boy caught between the ambitions of his mother who wants him to become a concert pianist and his father who wants him to follow in his steps as a logger; the youthful professor who falls in love with a Russian translator and whose mother travels across the country to rescue him from the Soviet clutches; the larger-than-life Number OneO real estate agent who believes he is offering all those who come to Vancouver Island (usually with broken dreams) a small piece of paradise. There is also a writer (somewhat resembling Jack himself), who travels to Ireland and struggles to resist a famous Irish woman writer who offers him a new sense of place. Through it all, Jack s characters believe they live in a world that has order, but they are continually brought face to face with the fact that they are in an unstructured reality which either overturns their efforts, leaving them fragmented, or which forces them to look inward to make an order. In the end, Hodgins suggests that while the world is unknowable there are personal tactics available to offer provisional ordering principles. Seller Inventory # AAG9781553801443

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