Headhunter

Paperback | September 27, 1999

byTimothy Findley

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It all starts when Lilah Kemp - librarian, spiritualist, schizophrenic - inadvertantly lets Kurtz out of page 92 of Heart of Darkness and is unable to get him back in.

While Kurtz is stalking the streets of Toronto, Lilah frantically begins her search for Marlow to help her deal with the literary villain

Meanwhile, the city is becoming increasingly chaotic and terrifying. The rich and powerful are engaged in a web of depravity, a new and horrifying disease called sturnusemia has swept the city, and severly traumatized children are turning up at the local psychiatric institutes. Kurtz seems to be at the centre of it all.

Lilah, witness to events tearing the very fabric of her society, seeks solace as always in the great works of literature and prays for Marlow to find an capture Kurtz - before it's too late.

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In a morally and environmentally barren Toronto, in the near future, schizophrenic former English professor Lilah Kemp accidentally unleashes Kurtz from Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness one winter's day, and can't get him back. Starlings die from a new disease outside, and death squads rove the streets killing the birds before the dis...

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It all starts when Lilah Kemp - librarian, spiritualist, schizophrenic - inadvertantly lets Kurtz out of page 92 of Heart of Darkness and is unable to get him back in.While Kurtz is stalking the streets of Toronto, Lilah frantically begins her search for Marlow to help her deal with the literary villainMeanwhile, the city is becoming i...

Timothy Findley was one of CanadaÆs most compelling and best loved writers, from the publication of his first novel in 1967 until his death in June 2002. His acclaimed novels include Spadework, Pilgrim, The Piano ManÆs Daughter, Headhunter, Not Wanted on the Voyage, Famous Last Words and The Wars. Findley was a two-time winner of the G...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1 inPublished:September 27, 1999Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0006485324

ISBN - 13:9780006485322

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An absolute favourite Liliah Kemp, librarian, spiritualist, and schizophrenic, inadvertently lets Kurtz out of page 92 of "Heart of Darkness" and onto the streets of a slightly future-set Toronto streets. This is the set up of 'Headhunter,' Findley's amazing novel that bends literary culture, psychology, and a touch of potential magic together into one. The book is a counterpoint between the reader's uncertainty of Lilah's sanity and the potential reality of a Kurtz in Toronto. The story comes into sharp focus when the city suddenly starts falling apart, with flocks of disease-carrying birds falling upon the streets, and the rich are becoming even more depraved. Lilah tries to find herself a Marlow, to deal with the errant Kurtz, who might just be the new head of the psychiatric hospital. An awesome reading experience, from a Canadian great.
Date published: 2008-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Headhunter Not a Review but a warning: If you plan on reading this book, and it is a wonderful book, you must first have read Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness! Nearly all the charcters in Findley's novel come from other well known novels - Wuthering Heights, Moby Dick, and Frankenstein to name a few. Of all the books referenced in this novel, the one you really must "know" to have a full understanding of the novel is Heart of Darkness. Also, if you want to read more Findley, I highly recomend The Wars and Piano Man's Daughter!!!
Date published: 2001-05-28

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In a morally and environmentally barren Toronto, in the near future, schizophrenic former English professor Lilah Kemp accidentally unleashes Kurtz from Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness one winter's day, and can't get him back. Starlings die from a new disease outside, and death squads rove the streets killing the birds before the disease can spread to humans. In wealthy boardrooms and bedrooms, the rich and powerful create a sprawling cloud of corruption. Psychiatrist Dr. Marlow enters the chaos on a mission he does not expect: to return Kurtz. Timothy Findley's best-selling Headhunter is an eloquent, entertaining and fascinating moral tale.