The commodity a fiction writer sells is his own life, his spirit This is especially true in fiction that draws from autobiography In Michael Winter s journal clef, This All Happened, we are exposed to the kernel of truth that exists in each day Told from the viewpoint of Gabriel English, the work opens windows onto a richly textured, fast paced filmic compilation of dThe commodity a fiction writer sells is his own life, his spirit This is especially true in fiction that draws from autobiography In Michael Winter s journal clef, This All Happened, we are exposed to the kernel of truth that exists in each day Told from the viewpoint of Gabriel English, the work opens windows onto a richly textured, fast paced filmic compilation of daily vignettes over one calendar year if Fellini were a Newfoundlander Gabriel s promises and actions early in the year have their repercussions by the end Gabriel s passion for Lydia Murphy leads him into paroxysms of jealousy but he never abandons his shrewdly witty perspective on the vagaries of modern love Concrete and delicately rendered, This All Happened depicts a man s descent from love to fury.
This All Happened The commodity a fiction writer sells is his own life his spirit This is especially true in fiction that draws from autobiography In Michael Winter s journal clef This All Happened we are exposed to
At August , I wrote I am enthralled in currently reading I have since finished reading I wanted to reread the book all over again straight away Instead, I copied entire portions, by hand, just to get a sense of what it would feel like to write like this Needless to say, I highly recommend reading this book,published back in 2000
I didn t intend to read any books by Michael Winter after The Architects are Here , but, then I saw him at a reading He and Boyden who was the real reason I attended the event were launching new books Winter was so hilarious, likeable, and lacking in fashion sense that I just had to support him and buy one of his books The book seller didn t take debit and I had limited cash after buying Boyden s monolith and so was left scrounging the bottom of my purse for spare change and managed to scrape t [...]
Loved this and I almost don t know why It is such a seemingly simple book but the slow build up is deeply affecting Winter s conjuring of his faux fictional memoir s protagonist s jealousy and obsession is brutal in its subtlety And his love interest s casual, ALMOST unintentional torture of him is maddening I loved this and for so many reasons.
Why oh why have I not read Michael Winter before now I ve got no excuse Before I read this book, I d had five, yes five, unread Michael Winter books languishing on my shelves In fact, I denied myself the purchase of Donna Whalen for that reason No sense in having six unread books.I m not sure why I picked this book over his previously published short story collections, or for that matter why I chose to read Michael Winter at all just now You d think I d have had enough of Newfoundland after just [...]
I loved this continuation of the life and times of Gabriel the bumbling, beautiful and charming Newf chasing his dreams and girlfriend with almost equal measure His writing is like how cowboy coffee tastes when you spike it with Irish Cream and sit on Canadian Shield overlooking motor boat free water and smelling cedar and tamarack at the same time Splendid
I loved the introspection of the novel, his life advice thoughts But I hated the two main characters Lydia is a bitch Gabe is a controlling prick.
This book is about strange, dysfunctional people who cannot seem to grasp that they are consistently engaged in destructive, broken, and abusive relationships It is one incredibly long livejournal blog entry spanning a year of Michael Winter s or less real life, and I don t really know why I read it the whole way through.Gabe s character is fictional in the same way, I assume, that Henry Chinaski is fictional I can appreciate Gabe at times as I see a lot of myself in my early 20s in him Except [...]
Was I really tossed this book in June I suppose I was By a friend, in passing A poetic friend who liked this sort of prose.What a deep and wonderful book this is It tells the year day by day of writer Gabriel English as he lives, exists, in St Johns It s a fantastic read A dreamy entry for each day of the year Vibrant friends with their own unique voices It is not exactly the kind of book I would choose to read It s not poetry that you immediately recognize But it is So much .How did she describ [...]
When you describe an experience, what you are recounting is your memory of the act, not the act itself Experiencing a moment is an inarticulate act There are no words It is in the sensory world To recall it and to put words to it is to illustrate how one remembers the past, rather than actually experiencing the past Keep this in mind as you read to words of others as they remember an incident Catholics rehearse their stories They tell stories over and over The same story, torquing it a little, r [...]
This book is a journal of a young writer who lives in St John s It chronicles Gabriel s daily life as he practises his craft and hangs out with his close circle of friends It reads effortlessly and endearingly as if he aimlessly jotted things down, a format that conceals the effort that goes into such fine writing Gabriel emerges with all his flaws, although surely he is not as bad as his hypercritical girlfriend Lydia seems to think.Part of the joy is the discovery of daily life for a 20 someth [...]
i enjoyed this book although i found the style and main character to be very very similar to the main character style in the Big Why still the descriptions were excellent as was the characterization the pace was ok, but like with the Big Why, the pace wasn t the best thing about the novel and that s fine but Winter s books wouldn t appeal to people who enjoy page turner type novels i like those occasionally but his tranquil and reflective style suits me fine, especially in the bleak mid winter.
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One of the books that made Alison Pick want to be a writer Read Alison Pick s book list Books that made me realize I needed to be a writer.
it s goode voice confused me sometimes because he seemed so unsure now, given that this was written like journal entries, I m sure it was intentional, but as someone who is unsure in real life, it is a little jarring to read a whole novel written in that fashion.
I read this book because it s highly recommended Sure, Winter captures insight here and there, but overall nothing much here entertained or moved me And writers who write about writers okay, not quite all the characters are writers or other creative types Enough, already
This is St John s Newfoundland, as seenly partly by a dispassionate camera eye and partly by a sensitive soul who moves between the poles of joy love, agony, and ennui Not a page turner, in terms of plot, but the writing is strong and the characters are vibrant.
I had never read anything by Michael Winter before but read a short story of his which led me to this book A story about an ordinary life and the experiences, hesitancies, love that we can relate toy by a man Really liked the landscape description too.
Again, Winter s sentences are simple poetics.
Beautiful slice of life book with some lovely turns of phrases I ve underlined several passages in this novel that have rang true for me, or just hit me right in the heart Great humour as well.
Some good lines in the book but altogether not very gripping.
I loved this book because it takes place in st john s where I am from