Visible Worlds Marilyn Bowering

ISBN: 9780002243773

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293 pages


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Visible Worlds  by  Marilyn Bowering

Visible Worlds by Marilyn Bowering
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Marilyn Bowerings Visible Worlds introduces at least 12 characters, cuts from Winnipeg to Siberia to the North Pole, shifts back and forth in time from 1960 to 1934 and depicts three crucial deaths. And thats just the first 14 pages. Theres moreMoreMarilyn Bowerings Visible Worlds introduces at least 12 characters, cuts from Winnipeg to Siberia to the North Pole, shifts back and forth in time from 1960 to 1934 and depicts three crucial deaths. And thats just the first 14 pages. Theres more to come--much more--in this book that takes on the Great Depression, World War II and the Korean War, exploring their effects on three improbably intertwined families.

The plots remarkable contortions are too labyrinthine to describe here, but suffice to say they involve meteors, Nazis, several dead, deformed and abandoned babies, personal magnetism, labour camps, polar exploration, the Odd Fellows, circus performers and lots and lots of snow. Like her fellow Canadian Michael Ondaatje, Marilyn Bowering is primarily a poet and her background shows: in the books lovely imagery, in its striking economy of language and also, perhaps, in its greatest narrative shortcoming.

Ranging over four continents and nearly three decades, Visible Worlds often feels overly compressed, as if it wanted to be a longer, more leisurely book. On the other hand, this lyric compression gives the novel an almost violent intensity. With its complex web of settings, time periods and plots, often connected by the most tenuous of threads, Visible Worlds feels like a fever dream yanked straight from the collective 20th-century unconscious.

--Mary Park, Amazon.com



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