Civilization: And Its Part In My Downfall by Paul QuarringtonCivilization: And Its Part In My Downfall by Paul Quarrington

Civilization: And Its Part In My Downfall

byPaul Quarrington

Paperback | September 19, 1995

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Received with almost unanimous accolades from critics and readers alike, Civilization is the amazing tale of Thom Moss, a young man who sets out in the early twentieth century in search of a grand adventure.  He soon finds himself in the thick of Hollywoodland, employed as an actor by the renowned Caspar Willison, master of the two-reel cowboy flicker.  However, Thom's fortune quickly takes a ruinous turn and he lands in the Penitentiary, where he writes the story of his downfall.  At once hilarious and courageous, Civilization is a daring work by one of Canada's finest novelists.
The author of ten novels, Paul Quarrington was also a musician (most recently in the band Porkbelly Futures), an award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker, and an acclaimed non-fiction writer.Paul Quarrington's novel, Galveston, was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize; King Leary won the CBC's 2008 Canada Reads competition and the...
Title:Civilization: And Its Part In My DownfallFormat:PaperbackDimensions:318 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:September 19, 1995Publisher:Random House of Canada

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0394224450

ISBN - 13:9780394224459


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In Civilization: And its Part in My Downfall, Paul Quarrington weaves a fascinating tale about a young man who sets out in the early 20th century in search of grand adventure. Thom Moss fulfills his dream and becomes an actor in Hollywood, but his fortune quickly takes a ruinous turn when he lands in the penitentiary. It is there that he starts to write the story of his undoing.

Editorial Reviews

"A fast and funny piece of picaresque, a refined rollick through the earliest days of movies...A wonderfully looping narrative in period dress, with a plot that fairly spins with ribald, comic energy...Hilarious." --The Financial Post"Verbal ripeness, a wildly eccentric cast of characters, comic scenes of rare nuttiness, rutting galore, and a quest, which like all good quests ends back where it began in a rather astonishing way...Mythically proportioned." --The Globe and Mail"Crammed with incidents that occur at breath-taking speed...Consistently pleasing." --The Toronto Star