Burridge Unbound by Alan CumynBurridge Unbound by Alan Cumyn

Burridge Unbound

byAlan Cumyn

Paperback | March 21, 2000

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After surviving a terrifying ordeal at the hands of terrorists in the South Pacific island of Santa Irene, Bill Burridge returns home to Ottawa and casts himself single-mindedly into building a human-rights organization to stand watch over the world’s most troubled areas. Yet, plagued by memories of his incarceration and by the strain of his disintegrating marriage, he is a man struggling to hold his life together. When a democratic revolution stands Santa Irene on a knife-edge between chaos and healing, Burridge reluctantly agrees to serve on a Truth Commission there to investigate past atrocities. Taut, intelligent, and written in the compelling, often sardonic voice of Bill Burridge, Cumyn’s gripping novel immerses us in a shadowy world of betrayals and shifting loyalties, and reveals the intricate, rejuvenating bonds of human relationships. Bill Burridge’s voice is infectious, his story a remarkable one as the novel builds to its climactic final scenes.
Alan Cumyn’s books include Man of Bone (1998), winner of the Ottawa-Carleton Book Award (as it was then known) and a finalist for the Trillium Book Award in 1999; Burridge Unbound (2000), which won the Ottawa Book Award and was a finalist for The Giller Prize; Losing It (2001); and The Sojourn (2003). His children’s book The Secret Lif...
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Title:Burridge UnboundFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.5 × 5.7 × 0.8 inPublished:March 21, 2000Publisher:McClelland & StewartLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:077102486X

ISBN - 13:9780771024863

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderful I enjoyed the book very much, and it was wonderfully written. It was very effective and worth every minute which i spent reading it.
Date published: 2000-12-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Danish not official UN language While Burridge Unbound has many good qualities, why does the author start off his novel by talking about a UN meeting that is addressed by a Dane in Danish? I have attended dozens of UN meetings in New York, Geneva and Vienna and most Danes address meetings in English. Danish is not an official language of the UN and no simultaneous interpretation facilities are provided for Danish or any other Scandinavian languages. This is a minor argument with a work of fiction but why put off a reader with inaccuracies in the first few pages.
Date published: 2000-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Giller Nomination a Great Read Burridge Unbound is a powerful and compelling novel well worthy of its Giller Prize nomination. In Burridge Unbound, a Canadian victim of political terrorism returns, at president Suli Nylioko's invitation, to the South Pacific island of Santa Irene where he was once tortured. While paricipating in a truth commission to investigate past abuses, he is caught in a web of shifting loyalties and betrayals. On a personal level, Burridge Unbound provides us with some understanding of the daunting task of overcoming severe post traumatic stress disorder. The reader comes to realize, as Bill Burridge does, just "how merciless and harrowing the universe can be."
Date published: 2000-10-25

From Our Editors

Set in Ottawa and continuing from the previous acclaimed novel Man of Bone, Bill Burridge casts himself into a human rights organization to stand guard over the world’s most troubled areas. A survivor of the ordeal of third-world terrorism, Burridge’s accounts in Alan Cumyn’s absorbing book, Burridge Unbound, are mesmerizing and courageous in a world that shifts between loyalty and betrayal. Cumyn writes a spellbinding piece of fiction with an infectious story and a remarkable climatic ending that will delight readers.

Editorial Reviews

“Burridge Unbound is a story about the fragility of life, life pushed to the edge. It is a brilliant depiction of a man at a precarious crossroads. The novel is breathtaking, almost impossible to put down. Alan Cumyn is a writer of remarkable talent.”–Alistair MacLeod“Though it charges forward like a thriller, Burridge Unbound also unfolds like a prayer.…If you were dazzled by the film The Year of Living Dangerously, you will admire Cumyn’s finesse at steering you out of Burridge’s domestic drama and into a jungle of intrigue.”–National Post“An exceptional achievement.…All I can think of is how chillingly real the core of Mr. Cumyn’s story is.…–Ottawa Citizen“A riveting story.…”–Globe and Mail“A worthy achievement.…Cumyn is a promising author, worth following. He can write – his convincing portrait of Burridge alone, in all his psychological complexity, is highly original and no small feat.”–Toronto Star“In electrifying prose, by turns violent, manic, and deeply sad, Alan Cumyn charts his lurching, rubble-strewn, chaotic, and strangely heroic course.”–Jury Citation for The Giller Prize by Margaret Atwood, Alistair MacLeod, and Jane Urquhart“Burridge Unbound is a thrilling piece of literary fiction. Cumyn has taken an explosive subject and made a fine novel out of it.”–Edmonton Journal“Cumyn’s writing is breathtakingly good. . . . He develops Burridge as a darkly humorous Everyman.…The novel is a beautiful and painful slice of reality.…”–Ottawa Life“The book takes on the dimensions of a thriller, taut, mesmerizing, horrific. It isn’t easy reading, but Cumyn is such a fine writer that he holds us fascinated.”–Quill & Quire“Cumyn is a writer who engages his readers with provocative ideas and situations from world events.…”–Ottawa X Press“The pain, suffering and chaos of a world turned topsy turvy is superbly mediated through the sardonic voice of Burridge, and the result is a novel which both moves and educates.”–Amnesty International“Powerful.…Hard to put down.”–Windsor Star