A Life In Paragraphs: Essays

September 17, 2020|
A Life In Paragraphs: Essays by Robert Fulford
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A panorama of curiosity, delight and thoughtful analysis. An anthology that takes the reader on an insightful journey through the past in understanding the present.

Robert Fulford is arguably Canada''s most distinguished journalist, essayist, and liberal thinker of our time. He began his career in 1950 at the Globe and Mail and wrote columns for more than 20 years at The Toronto Star, as well as being the editor for Saturday Night Magazine. Since 1999 his columns appear twice a week in The National Post. He is the author of more than ten books, and he delivered the Massey Lectures in 1984. But some of his best writing, certainly some of the most vibrant, appeared in the Queen''s Quarterly from 2004-2014, home to many of Canada''s more eloquent and thought-provoking writers for over a century including such luminaries as W.O Mitchell, Sinclair Ross, Mavis Gallant, Carol Shields and Margaret Atwood.

Fulford''s brilliant anthology is offered here. It is a literary time machine that transports the reader on a passage through events and social commentary with some of the most influential figures of the 20th and 21st centuries. Entertaining, thoughtful, and insightful, Fulford will engage young and old with these short stories and essays - and the timing could not be better.

Concerned citizens wrestle with the knowledge that current political discourse has slipped to a level of contempt and rhetoric that treats most as intellectually weak. Today our collective conscience is influenced by art, literature, movies and music while modern philosophy and its stream of consciousness have been discounted or forgotten by many of the leaders amongst us. Robert recognized that the foundations of great societies are built on Ethics and Ethos, Right and Wrong and the concept of the Rule of Law. Ideals espoused by both classical and contemporary philosophers. Fulford taps into his fascination with ancient and 20th-century philosophy and present reasoning as he explores a myriad of subjects in his book. Readers will be entertained as they soon find themselves embarking on a journey of introspection, perspective and fascination with how our world has evolved around us. Significant figures, events and a changing social contract are prominent within these beautiful essays.

A Robert Fulford essay is like a crisp dry martini; crystalline, refreshing, elating. An elegant craftsman in full command of the language, his work glows with dazzling insights, a profound humanity and gregarious good humour. The man''s a master. - Michael Enright, broadcaster, host of CBC Radio''s The Sunday Edition

One thing I really admire about Robert Fulford''s essays, apart from their calm erudition and the certainty of their judgement, is the boggling range of subjects he wraps his mind around, everything from television to the tango, from H.G. Wells''s sexual affairs to parataxis in the King James Bible. - Ian Brown, columnist for the Globe and Mail, author of The Boy in the Moon and Man Overboard.

Robert Fulford is arguably Canada''s most distinguished journalist, essayist, and liberal thinker of our time. His career spans decades in a variety of Canadian media and in 1984 was awarded the honour of being inducted as Officer Of The Order of Canada. Readers find him twice weekly in The National Post.
Title:A Life In Paragraphs: Essays
Dimensions:256 pages
Published:September 17, 2020
Publisher:Optimum Publishing International
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780888903037

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