Character Parts

Character Parts

Who's Really Who in CanLit

Book - 2003
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Ever wondered where novelists get the inspiration for their characters? Why the hero or villain of your favourite book seems oddly familiar?

Who inspired Mordecai Richler to create Bernard Gursky; Margaret Atwood to create Zenia in The Robber Bride ? In which novel does Northrop Frye appear (as a character named Morton Hyland)? The answers can be found in Character Parts , Brian Busby's irreverent yet authoritative guide to who's really who in Canadian literature. The most original and entertaining reference book to be published in years, Character Parts is the behind-the-scenes look at CanLit we have all been waiting for.

Brian Busby settles the suspicions that arise when a fictional character reminds you of a real-life one, listing the sources for characters from the whole of Canadian literature. His canvas stretches from the settlers who inspired 1852's Roughing It in the Bush to Glenn Gould's appearance as Nathaniel Orlando Gow in Tim Wynne-Jones' The Maestro , and beyond. But Character Parts is also chock-full of fascinating, less famous people who have been immortalized in Canadian books: seductive Alberta politicians, British army generals, anarchists, models, aristocrats -- and, of course, parents, siblings and ex-spouses.

Authoritative, but presented with a light touch, Character Parts is as at home in a university library as on a bathroom shelf. It's that rare find: an exemplary reference book that is also an absolutely entertaining read in its own right.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: Toronto : A.A. Knopf Canada, c2003
ISBN: 9780676975796
Branch Call Number: 819.309 Bus 3564
Characteristics: xiii, 349 p. :,ill


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