Waiting for Columbus

Waiting for Columbus

Book - 2009
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Highly acclaimed Canadian novelist Thomas Trofimuk bursts onto the international literary stage with this dazzling novel, rich with all the emotional intensity ofThe English Patient. In a Spanish mental institution in 2004, a man who believes he is Christopher Columbus begins to tell his story. Nurse Consuela listens, hoping to discover what tragedy drove this educated, cultured man to retreat from reality. This Columbus is not heroic: he falls in love with every woman he meets, and, on land, he has absolutely no sense of direction. More troublingly, he is convinced a terrible tragedy is coming. Yet with each tale, Consuela draws closer to this lost navigator. Waiting for Columbusis richly imagined, cinematic, and often playful; a novel about truth, loss, love, and hope by a writer at the height of his powers. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2009
ISBN: 9780771085468
Branch Call Number: FIC Trofi 3564
Characteristics: 400 p


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Sep 26, 2012

This was a very strange book yet somehow, I kept reading it to determine just what happened.

Jul 26, 2012

I loved that book. I thought the combination of romance and mystery, the way history was presented, the psychological and emotional insights on grief, were all superbly blended. I am delighted to have found that Canadian writer, and highly recommend the read!

Apr 25, 2012

A mystery story which revolves around the question, "who is he" rather then "who done it". A throughly enjoyable and slightly convoluted read.

Jan 23, 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It kept me guessing about who the character of Columbus was really was. The stories within the stories were excellent.

Feb 03, 2011

Not a story you've read before. Well worth the read to submerge yourself into the multiple layers of storytelling.

ser_library Nov 21, 2010

this book has grabbed my attention from paragraph 1, but after 100 pages i am ready to skip to the end and pass the book on.

Nov 01, 2010

I tried but did not finish, could not connect with the writer. Seemed too disjointed and confusing.

Mar 31, 2010

One of the best books I read this year. I found the development of the character intriguing and very realistic. The overlap of 15th century detail with 21 century props (telephone, courier, etc.) so appealing. It is one of the few books that, after I finished it, wanted to go back and reread sections. I could read this again without problem.

Dec 03, 2009

Hard to put this one down, humorous, a juxtaposed time line, just a great read. Nice to see such a great book by an native Edmontonian. Trofimuik, needs the recognition of the national forces, I can smell Giller soon for him.

Nov 10, 2009

Really enjoyed this book. At times funny or poignant, you'll have to see it through just to find out who the patient is. it also makes you think about the thin line that sometimes exists between those that are institutionalized and those on "the outside".

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