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Mister Nightingale by Paul Bowdring
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Mister Nightingale

by Paul Bowdring

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This is a story of a man -- James Nightingale -- a Newfoundland writer who lived most of his life in Toronto. Now, on the verge of divorce, he returns to Newfoundland to accept an honorary degree from his alma mater, reconnect with family and old friends, and visit his daughter who is attending university there. Reading this book is like getting to know Mister Nightingale, and I found he became like a friend to me. I listened to him -- and was sometimes amused, sometimes fascinated and sometimes a little (just a little) bored or exasperated. Like with real friends. An excellent portrayal of a man dealing with the big, and smaller, challenges of life, set against the landscape and culture of Newfoundland and Labrador. ( )
  LynnB | Aug 31, 2017 |
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At Regensburg he crossed the Danube on his cloak, and there made a broken glass whole again; and, in the house of a wheelwright too mean to spare the kindling, lit a fire with icicles. This story of the burning of the frozen substance of life has, of late, meant much to me, and I wonder now whether inner coldness and desolation may not be the pre-condition for making the world believe, by a kind of fraudulent showmanship, that one's own wretched heart is still aglow. -- W.G. Sebald, The Rings of Saturn
And if poetry is not to be the agency of his transfiguration from ignoble to noble, why bother with poetry at all? -- J.M. Coetzee, Youth
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For Glenda and Julia, with love and gratitude.
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It's been a long day for Mister Nightingale.
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