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I've just finished reading a travel guide to Montreal and it brought back a lot of memories of a visit there three years ago. Such a beautiful city!
As far as novels go, I've read only one set in Montreal, The Luck of Ginger Coffey by the Irish author Brian Moore, and loved it. Anyone else have a favorite set in this city?
The Englsih language writer, Mordecai Richler was from Montreal. Three significant novels ( there are more):
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
Solomon Gursky was here
I've only peaked at these works, sorry to say.
The novel that I did read through was Two Solitudes by Hugh MacLennan. I think this was written in the 1930's, so it is a little old, but it does poingantly portray the old situation between French and English.
The Touchstone for Kathy Reichs is wrong. Here is the link to her author page:
Wow- thanks for all the suggestions! I had never heard of any of these authors, so I'll be adding them to my "must-have" list.
The latest Governor General's Award (highest literary Canadian prize) was given to Nino Ricci for The Origin of Species which is set in Montreal. It gives a great feel for the city as it was in the late 1980 - brought back some powerful memories!
If you can get through the French spelling mistakes (which aren't that bad) I recommend The Last Witness by John Matthews - an thriller where the action ends up mostly on the streets of Montreal. Gritty with some far-fetched scenarios but an absorbing read.
Doug Harris's You Comma Idiot is based on Montreal. Although it geographically doesn't go into detail, I felt that it gave a good glimpse of the city as a laid-back, alternative town.
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