Modern Classics Butterfly Plague by Timothy FindleyModern Classics Butterfly Plague by Timothy Findley

Modern Classics Butterfly Plague

byTimothy FindleyForeword byDargatz G Anderson

Paperback | May 9, 2006

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"A distilled and refined novel."
—Gail Anderson-Dargatz

It is Hollywood 1938. A great star is planning a stunning comeback, while another is bent on self-destruction. And, as dark clouds hang ominously over Europe, hordes of Monarch butterflies swarm beautifully but menacingly over Hollywood. Against a colourful backdrop of butterflies and beaches, Timothy Findley skillfully phases reality into nightmare, exploring mothers' relationships to sons, women's relationships to men, beauty's relationship to evil. Blending biting humour with brilliant perceptions of the levels of despair, The Butterfly Plague presents the movie world in all its splendour and decay.

Timothy Findley (1930-2002) was one of Canada's most compelling and best-loved writers. He is the author of The Wars, which won the Governor General's Award and established him as one of Canada's leading writers, as well as Pilgrim and The Piano Man's Daughter, both finalists for The Giller Prize. His other novels, Headhunter, The Tell...
Title:Modern Classics Butterfly PlagueFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 7.75 × 5.13 × 0.75 inPublished:May 9, 2006Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143054937

ISBN - 13:9780143054931


Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Butterfly Plague by Timothy Findley Timothy Findley finished this, his second novel, in 1969, but then had the courage to go back and revise it! I say courage, because it was risky; it might not have worked in the second take. Nor surprisingly, it does work. Beautifully. A lyrical look at Hollywood in 1938, warts and all: obsessions with looks, lying and conniving, abandoned relationships -- all against the backdrop of the impending war. The stories are skillfully interwoven and often, surprisingly, very funny. An excellent read.
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great I really enjoyed this novel, unlike anything I've read. can't wait to check out more Timothy Findley
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a brilliant and utterly unique novel set in Hollywood in 1938 This is one of the most unique novels I've ever read. I really don't see the point in describing it, other than to comment that the writing is brilliant, the characters are utterly compelling, and the setting is dreamlike and as threatening as the time in which it is set -- 1938, as the world careens toward an awful abyss. But the Hollywood setting turns it into a surreal juxtaposition. I don't know how else to describe it. Anyone who loves great literature should give it a try. I cannot guarantee you will love it as much as I, but that's the fun of discovery, isn't it?
Date published: 2016-04-30

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"Funny, colourful, brilliant—you won’t be able to put it down." — Cosmopolitan