Burden of Desire by Robert MacneilBurden of Desire by Robert Macneil

Burden of Desire

byRobert Macneil

Paperback | March 27, 2014

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Burden of Desire centres on the love triangle between bohemian Halifax south-end belle Julia Robertson, Dalhousie professor Stewart MacPherson, and young Anglican minister Peter Wentworth.

Julia keeps a diary detailing her sexual fantasies, which she has with her at the moment of the blast that was the Halifax Explosion. She hides her diary in her coat, which is subsequently donated to a clothing drive for the individuals from the north end of the city who've list everything in the explosion. Peter discovers the diary and becomes fixated on its author, enlisting the help of his friend Stewart to find her.

Burden of Desire explores the repression and expression of sexual desire at the time of the First World War. It also offers a compelling fictional account of the impact on Halifax society of the Halifax Explosion.

Born in Montreal, ROBERT MACNEIL grew up in Halifax, attended Dalhousie University and graduated from Carleton in Ottawa. Starting as a CBC announcer, he was a journalist for forty years with Reuters News Agency, NBC News and the BBC, including twenty years as Executive Editor of the MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour on PBS. He is the author of ...
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Title:Burden of DesireFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:468 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:March 27, 2014Publisher:Formac Publishing Company LimitedLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1459503104

ISBN - 13:9781459503106

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from ONE OF THE MOST TOUCHING STORIES I'VE READ IN YEARS!!! This book I cannot recommend enough!!! My interest in "BURDEN OF DESIRE" was first kindled when I heard Mr. MacNeil talk about the 1917 Halifax tragedy on National Public Radio here in the States a few years ago. I was intrigued because I had never heard of this tragedy before. Then around Christmastime, I bought and read "BURDEN OF DESIRE". I became so wrapped up in the lives of the main characters (each of whom Mr. MacNeil creates with a full-bodied and multi-dimensional personality) that I felt as if I were a fly on the wall, watching events unfold. I give Mr. MacNeil special kudos for the way he created the main female character. From the way he wrote this novel, you'll feel that it is a real woman confiding her inmost thoughts in her diary. On so many levels, this is a well-written and beautiful story. Read "BURDEN OF DESIRE" and savor it. You'll be glad that you did.
Date published: 2013-09-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Burden of Desire No Burden I found this a great read. A wonderful historical novel about an event in Canada's history that is at risk of being forgotten by younger generations such as myself. I was so engrossed by this novel that I forgot to get off the train. Good thing I had a good book to read while I waited for the train back to my stop!
Date published: 2000-12-21

From the Author

Burden of Desire centres on the love triangle between bohemian Halifax south-end belle Julia Robertson, Dalhousie professor Stewart MacPherson, and young Anglican minister Peter Wentworth.Julia keeps a diary detailing her sexual fantasies, which she has with her at the moment of the blast that was the Halifax Explosion. She hides her diary in her coat, which is subsequently donated to a clothing drive for the individuals from the north end of the city who've list everything in the explosion. Peter discovers the diary and becomes fixated on its author, enlisting the help of his friend Stewart to find her.Burden of Desire explores the repression and expression of sexual desire at the time of the First World War. It also offers a compelling fictional account of the impact on Halifax society of the Halifax Explosion.

Editorial Reviews

"Robert MacNeils first novel is a book about heroism, Halifax and hot-blooded love . .. As far as Halifax is concerned, there isnt a misstep in the book. MacNeil has the South End of the not-so-distant past just right -- and so much so that you want him to go on, to take those characters and their children through two or three more generations. If were lucky, he will."