The Republic of Nothing: Reader's Guide Edition by Lesley ChoyceThe Republic of Nothing: Reader's Guide Edition by Lesley Choyce

The Republic of Nothing: Reader's Guide Edition

byLesley ChoyceAfterword byNeil Peart

Paperback | February 1, 2007

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A small Canadian island declares its independence to the world and benign anarchy reigns. A god-like ocean deposits many a thing, yet it also takes away. The 1960s blaze off shore and draw the island's inhabitants into politics, the Vietnam War, and the peace movement.

Sound impossible? Not on Whalebone Island, AKA the Republic of Nothing. Where else can a dead circus elephant, a long-dead Viking, the discovery of uranium, a raven-haired castaway who may be psychic, an anarchist turned politician, and refugees fleeing from the United States all be part of everyday life? Where else is eccentricity embraced with such open arms?

In this new readers' guide edition, complete with an afterword by Neil Peart, Lesley Choyce's novel about resilience, independence, and anarchy comes alive, leading readers to discover once again that everything is nothing and nothing is everything.

No one has a clearer view of Atlantic Canada's literary endeavours over the past twenty years than Lesley Choyce. He is the founder of the literary journal Pottersfield Portfolio, and the publisher of Pottersfield Press. He has edited several fiction anthologies and has been the in-house editor of many books from Pottersfield Press in...
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Title:The Republic of Nothing: Reader's Guide EditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:382 pages, 8.44 × 5.51 × 0.96 inPublished:February 1, 2007Publisher:Goose Lane EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0864924933

ISBN - 13:9780864924933

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Where Nothing is Everything (thebookblog.ca) Like a lot of Atlantic Canadian fiction, The Republic of Nothing is about the life of a family, as well as about an island. In an anarchist utopia, the family is the island no matter what strangers find their way over the bridge. While Choyce tackles a lot of family issues naitive to this genre, he manages to portray Nova Scotians, Canadians and our relationship with America rather well. Except of course that we’re not all Conservative. While The Republic of Nothing approaches politics, family life, sex, romance, in a (mostly) coming of age tale, I did come out with quite a few critiques. As a writer, I find the first quarter of the novel to be very cut-and-paste formulaic in each chapter. The first ten chapters or so start by telling you what happens, and going back through the incident with more detail. The story became much more engaging when it stopped, and the plot really started. Ian McQuade has made strange, unhealthy conclusions about sex equalling love, and his love interest is almost too picture-perfect except for her troublesome attachment to the United States. Perhaps I’m being a little bit critical, but who publishes a review in their own book that comes from a user on Amazon.com? For anyone who is wondering what they are as a Nova Scotian, Lesley Choyce’s portrayl is fascinating and hits close to home. If you live here, you will relate to this tale. For any strangers wondering about the nature of Atlantic Canada, Choyce is a great depiction of our modern sense of self...
Date published: 2008-06-07

Editorial Reviews

A small Canadian island declares its independence to the world and benign anarchy reigns. A god-like ocean deposits many a thing, yet it also takes away. The 1960s blaze off shore and draw the island's inhabitants into politics, the Vietnam War, and the peace movement. Sound impossible? Not on Whalebone Island, AKA the Republic of Nothing. Where else can a dead circus elephant, a long-dead Viking, the discovery of uranium, a raven-haired castaway who may be psychic, an anarchist turned politician, and refugees fleeing from the United States all be part of everyday life? Where else is eccentricity embraced with such open arms? In this new readers' guide edition, complete with an afterword by Neil Peart, Lesley Choyce's novel about resilience, independence, and anarchy comes alive, leading readers to discover once again that everything is nothing and nothing is everything."Like all great fiction, The Republic of Nothing speaks for all time. And like all great dramatists, Lesley Choyce can build a stage on Whalebone Island and bring the whole world to it." — Neil Peart