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Century ➹ [Reading] ➻ Century By Ray Smith ➮ – Buyprobolan50.co.uk The fourth title in Biblioasis' Renditions Series Century begins with the nightmare visions of a young woman named Jane Seymour catching the reader up in a chronicle of the Seymour family that moves f The fourth title in Biblioasis' Renditions Series Century begins with the nightmare visions of a young woman named Jane Seymour catching the reader up in a chronicle of the Seymour family that moves from Austria America and Africa to Edinburgh and Venice back through Paris of the Belle Epoue and forward to Germany of .


About the Author: Ray Smith

Librarian Note There is than one author by this name in the Goodreads databaseRay Smith the novelist was born in Cape Breton in For than three decades Ray Smith has occupied a distinctive position on the margins of the Canadian literary scene His work is characterized by an interest in experimentation but there is no discernible pattern of development Each of his books is m.



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  1. A.J. A.J. says:

    Century successfully navigates that tricky territory between the conventional and the inaccessible demanding the reader’s full attention and rewarding it while retaining enough mystery to sustain I expect many readings You continually detect movement in your peripheral vision things you can’t uite spot no matter how uickly you turn your head When halfway through a novel you find yourself thinking that man you just gotta re read this thing at least once well that’s a damn good bookHow to approach it? Century in essence explores familiar territory in an unfamiliar way Yes this is a Canadian novel a multigenerational saga that follows the repeated tragedies of a single family whose women keep kicking the bucket against the sweeping backdrop of history Of a century in fact Oh it’s not uite canonical Canlit; it lacks a prairie landscape wendigoes and snow – but these are mere uibbles The story if you like is conventionalThe storytelling is anything but The timeline moves back rather than forward so the story is necessarily discontinuous so because Smith obscures the relationships between the characters Names are not often mentioned; it is easy to miss who is whose parent who is whose doomed daughter Smith follows the family tree back through the generations without leaving a map Each chapter is a jump cut; one does not lead back to the next and conseuently one feels that they are separate storiesBut they aren’t Patterns of behaviour and the concerns of the characters repeat themselves back through the generations The sins of the parents are visited on their children; the same personal failures play themselves out again and again to the point that you want to re read the book just to see how the last chapter may play out in the first in ways that perhaps you initially failed to recognize This is then a single unified narrative not a collection of stories; it simply refuses to play itself out in the way we expectHenry James said that the only obligation of a novel was to be interesting This one is fascinatinghttpajsomersetwordpresscom2010


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