Burning Water by George BoweringBurning Water by George Bowering

Burning Water

byGeorge Bowering

Paperback | November 20, 2007

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First published in 1980 to high acclaim, Burning Water won a Governor General's Award for fiction that year. A rollicking chronicle of Captain Vancouver's search for the Northwest Passage, the book has over its career been mentioned in recommended lists of postmodern fiction, BC historical fiction, gay fiction and humour. This gives you some idea of the scope of what has been called Bowering's best novel. "I have sometimes said, kidding but not really kidding," writes its author, "that I attended to the spirit of the west coast, and told the story about the rivals for our land as an instance in which the commanders decided to make love, not war." As an accurate account of Vancouver's exploration of our coastline, Burning Water conveys the exact length-99 feet-of the explorer's ship, and contains citations from his journals. As a work of fanciful fiction, things usually thought to be impossible transpire, without compromising the realism of the text. Bowering recalls that his free hand with history particularly incensed the founder of the National Archives, who had written a biography of George Vancouver and complained in print that Burning Water differed too much from other, similar books in its field.
Burning Water won the Governor-General's award for fiction. George Bowering, Canada's first poet-laureate, is a member of the Order of Canada and a multiple winner of the Governor-General's award for literature. He lives in Vancouver.
Title:Burning WaterFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:November 20, 2007Publisher:NEW STAR BOOKSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1554200369

ISBN - 13:9781554200368


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not my kind of book I read a lot of books in University and this was the only one I could not get into but could not bring myself to finish.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Strangely Moving Burning Water follows the journey of a man in current day embarking on the project of writing about the exploits of his historical namesake, explorer and cartographer, George Vancouver with the odd Native Canadian aside, as he travels from Italy through to Canada and in between. The writing itself is a perfect reflection of the subject, time and setting of the action and characters depicted. It is revealing, satirical, meandering, confusing and humorous. It is not an easy read; levels within levels, metaphor, allegory, satire, allusion: all those great literary devices can be found throughout. Themes within will resonate with modern day and some introspection may occur as a result.The ending will leave you breathless.
Date published: 2017-04-23