Dr. Brinkley's Tower by Robert HoughDr. Brinkley's Tower by Robert Hough

Dr. Brinkley's Tower

byRobert Hough

Paperback | February 21, 2012

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Longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award: Fiction

Equal parts Mark Twain and Gabriel García Márquez, Robert Hough's wildly imaginative new novel takes us to 1931 and Corazón de la Fuente, a tiny Mexican border town where the only industry is a run-down brothel. Enter Dr. Romulus Brinkley and his gargantuan radio tower, built to broadcast his revolutionary goat-gland fertility operation. Fortunes in Corazón change overnight, but not all for the good. Word of the new prosperity spreads, and the town is overrun by the impoverished, the desperate, and the flat-out criminal. The tower's frequencies are so powerful the whole area glows green, and the signal is soon broadcasting through every bit of metal it can find: fencing wire, toasters, even a young woman's new braces. Meanwhile, Dr. Brinkley has attracted the affections of Violeta Cruz, Corazón's most beautiful resident. But is he really all that he seems?

Peopled with unforgettable characters and capturing a young Mexico caught between its own ambitions and the imperialist designs of its neighbour to the north, Dr. Brinkley's Tower is a stunning achievement in storytelling.

Robert Hough's novels have been nominated for numerous awards, including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Trillium Book Award, and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. His most recent novel, Dr. Brinkley's Tower, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was a finalist for...
Title:Dr. Brinkley's TowerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:424 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1.01 inPublished:February 21, 2012Publisher:House Of Anansi Press IncLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0887843190

ISBN - 13:9780887843198

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow, what a story! Wow, what a story! As usual, Robert Hough, in this, his fourth novel, does what he does best: tell a good story. Dr. Brinkley’s Tower takes place in a small Mexican pueblo, just south of the border with Texas in the early 1930’s. John Romulus Brinkley, our doctor, is more a con artist than a physician. With his “procedure” to help men in distress, a precursor to the little blue pill, he’s made a lot of money, but he is dreaming of more. So he decides to erect a radio tower in this little village to circumvent the FCC. This tower will help Brinkley promote his procedure across the United States, and apparently, on a good night, all the way to Russia. But the story is more than Brinkley’s story. It is about the unique characters that live in Corazón de la Fuente. It’s about Francisco Ramirez, a young man looking for love, or Madam Felix, the local operator of the House of Gentlemanly Pleasures, or also Antonio Garcia, a hacendero who lost almost everything during the Revolution. What Hough has done is build stories around all of these unique, colourful characters that try to survive the life around this town with the arrival of the tower. There are no heroes in this story. These people we meet are all flawed, they all want to improve their lives and do what they can to achieve that. Or maybe, there is a hero after all, and maybe that collection of individuals, the ones who survive, can all be considered heroes. There is a bit of everything in this tale: love, humour, violence, drinking, but oddly enough, very little sex! It keeps you entertained, and you can hardly wait to see what will happen next to this cast of characters. I highly recommend this. You won’t regret it. Oh, and by the way, if you buy this as an ebook, you get additional content, which gives you a bit more background on some of these stories.
Date published: 2012-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Same feeling I got from "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" This is a really good book; I call it a "station-misser", in that I got so engrossed in it, I missed my subway stop! It gave me the same feeling that I had when I read Louis de Berniere's "Corelli's Mandolin" - redolent with the smells and noise and chatter of a small Mexican village along the Rio Grande. You can almost taste the dust in the tacos. It will make a great movie - I see Selena Gomez as Violeta, and John Lithgow as Dr. B. But for now, get it, read it, savour it. And then go out for Mexican food, because you'll want some, believe me.
Date published: 2012-03-03

Editorial Reviews

"Hough's greatest skill [...] is as an old-fashioned storyteller. Dr. Brinkley's Tower moves like an extremely well-oiled machine, juggling and nudging forward all kinds of subplots without ever drawing attention to the muscularity required to do so." - Michael Hingston, National Post"... hilarious and penetrating ... Hough is a master storyteller ..." - Steven Hayward, Globe and Mail"... Hough has substantial storytelling chops .... a smooth, entertaining and entrancing [read]." - Michel Basilieres, Toronto Star"... Dr. Brinkley's Tower is an entertaining page-turner." - Susan G. Cole, NOW Magazine"Dr. Brinkley's Tower is a cautionary tale of human nature and imperialistic intent that masterfully juggles a handful of characters." - Lindsay Rainingbird, The Coast"With ingenious characters and striking scenes, Hough reveals a love of Mexican culture and has crafted a story that convincingly illustrates the emotions of men and women." - Tyrone Acoose, FFWD"... stunning ... a tapestry-rich, almost magical narrative with dozens of fully realized characters and a vividly detailed world ... masterful ... [Dr. Brinkley's Tower] is a thing of wonder." - Robert J. Wiersema, Edmonton Journal