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I love a story set in the homesteading days, especially in Canada. I first found Pilgrim and fell in love with that book, and proceeded to pick up any other book of his I could find.
We think your country is: As much a journey of self-discovery as the quest to understand the mother who loved, tormented and confounded him, the novel is Charlie's attempt to find the answ This is very much one of Findley's best -- a densely layered consideration of character and history.
The story follows a man trying to sort out the life story of his mother Lily who has mental illness. Instructions to verify your updated email address have been sent.
Lily is a woman pursued by her own demons, "making off with the matches just when the fires caught hold," "a beautiful, mad genius, first introduced to Narrated by Charlie Kilworth, whose birth is an echo of his mother's own illegitimate beginnings, T he Piano Man's Daughter is the lyrical, multilayered tale of Charlie's mother, Lily, his grandmother Ede, and their family.
There is a suggestion of something bigger, something almost magical at play - as intimated on the back cover pull quote: An epic, sprawling story with a central figure - Lily - who struggles with her many demons and is the bright and central spark heh of life around which the entire novel revolves.
I just love family epics that start with a particular set of people, whom you get to know and love; and then take you through successive generations, whom you meet and grow to love too. I love family sagas, and it's usually because they are so character driven that I grow to completely love and empathize with them. I've noticed that there was a film adaptation but I don't think I'll watch it. Timothy Findley is one of Canada's finest writers and this novel makes that obvious.
Oct 18, 2016 Barbara Sibbald added it. My Account.
Wartime setting mirroring the inner conflicts. Large 500x500.
After Findley published his first short story in the Tamarack Review, Gordon encouraged him to pursue writing more actively, and he eventually left acting in the 1960s. And partly, it's because - other than Karen who lists it as one of her favourites - none of my GR friends seem to have read this novel.
It was great while I was getting to know the characters well, the slow reveal of their backgrounds and motives, but once all that was in the open there was still too much book left ahead, and I got bored. Another brilliant Findley Book.
May 09, 2017 Rebecca rated it it was amazing. He portrays the mentally ill almost as though they have a gift, rather than a handicap, but is always starkly realistic about their challenges and their fates.
Oh no! I love Lily, she has such courage in the face of adversity - the misunderstanding of her mental condition, the people who fear her, who shun her and who take advantage of her.
It is a powerful story and well worth reading, but I felt at times that Findley got carried away with the telling. Redeemer Paul Cardall Piano Solo. Lily is a woman pursued by her own demons, "making off with the matches just when the fires caught hold," "a beautiful, mad genius, first introduced to us singing in her mother's belly.