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Dec 5, 2010, 11:08pm Top

Can anyone suggest some good "Canadian gothic" novels? Someone suggested "Solomon Gursky Was Here" by Mordecai Richler, but I'm not sure if there are enough "gothic" elements in it.

Dec 5, 2010, 11:51pm Top

A search brought this up, but it might be hard to find:

Dec 6, 2010, 12:06am Top

The only one that immediately comes to mind is Timothy Findley's The Last of the Crazy People. It is written in gothic style and set in southern Ontario.

Dec 7, 2010, 6:09pm Top

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Dec 8, 2010, 11:18am Top

I don't know what Canadian Gothic even is, but I have heard of Southern Ontario Gothic. Apparently the main writers areAlice Munro, Margaret Atwood, Robertson Davies, Jane Urquhart, Marian Engel, James Reaney and Barbara Gowdy. I've read some of these, and I'm struggling to see any Gothic in their work. I figured I'd just keep reading and see if any lightbulbs turn on. Let me know what you find out--this is a topic that is interesting to me.

Dec 8, 2010, 11:41am Top

The "Southwest Ontario Gothic" label attempts to create a parallel with the Southern Gothic of Faulkner, O'Connor, et al, with regional setting, grotesque or strange characters, etc. This (like many things in Canlit of that era) seems to be a nationalist attempt to invent unique literary movements within Canada.

Don't know if Robertson Davies belongs in that bunch.

Dec 8, 2010, 11:44am Top

I'm currently reading The Town That Forgot How to Breathe by Kenneth J. Harvey. The back cover describes it as a gothic thriller and it's set in Newfoundland. So far, about 150 pages into it, it's been building an increasingly creepy atmosphere.

Dec 8, 2010, 2:37pm Top

Ooooo thanks for the heads up on that one TheTwoDs's!

Dec 8, 2010, 4:46pm Top

I would add Andrew Pyper to the list. I loooved Lost Girls

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