Nine Bells for a Man by Peter UnwinNine Bells for a Man by Peter Unwin

Nine Bells for a Man

byPeter Unwin

Paperback | March 30, 2000

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Young Robert Pachal crosses Canada by train with his brotherinlaw's coffin, bearing witness to a way of life that will never be seen again. When he arrives in Barry's Bay, he unwittingly sets in motion one of the final and most tragic events in pioneer Canada.

Born in Sheffield, England, Peter Unwin emigrated to Canada as a child. His essays, poems, and stories have appeared in The Queen's Quarterly, The Toronto Star, Borealis, The Canadian Forum, The Beaver and many other publications. His examintion of Grey Owl has been nominated for a National Magazine Award, and his first book, The Rock...
Title:Nine Bells for a ManFormat:PaperbackDimensions:268 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.4 inPublished:March 30, 2000Publisher:DundurnLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889242941

ISBN - 13:9780889242944

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A gripping read "Nine Bells" is a superb example of historically-based fiction. Unwin's account of the sinking of the Mayflower near Barry's Bay is a richly imagined mingling of disaster and bizarre salvation. Unwin puts the sinking in the context of the passing of pioneer Canada at the beginning of the 20th century. An absorbing, even harrowing, account.
Date published: 2001-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intellectual Storytelling Unwin finds charm in melancholy. He launches a Canadian story in language truly liberated by love, tragedy, and despair. He has audacious skill for turning and turning and turning the reader into rudimentary passion and historical record.
Date published: 2000-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Congratulations This is truly an extraordinary story, unbelievable if it weren't true. finally a book about something, an extremely intimate journey through a very pivotal epoch of Canadian history. Congratulations to Mr Unwin for finally making this story available to us.
Date published: 2000-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Good Read! This is a story written by a historian who writes like a poet. Mr. Unwin has obviously researched every detail of life in the early 1900's and presents pictures of daily life that evoked many memories. His attention to detail is phenomenal - he has researched enough for many books. But it is his ability to present a picture of the events and personalities involved that holds one's attention - suspense, humour and tragedy presented against a background of early settlement life in the West and in northern Ontario. His story of a man's determination to fulfil his familial duty is rivetting, but it is his painting of a picture that is the fascination of this novel.
Date published: 2000-06-08

From Our Editors

When the Mayflower sinks below the surface of Lake Kaminiskeg on a cold November night in 1912, three men manage to survive to tell their story with the help of an occupied coffin and cigarette. It begins when Robert Pachal decides to accompany the body of his brother-in-law on train ride across the prairies to his final resting place in Schutt, Ont. On the way he encounters a world entirely foreign to his Christian sensibilities, one that clearly reveals a Canadian society and economy in full transition. Engaging and eloquently rendered, Nine Bells for a Man by Peter Unwin provides fictional yet historically accurate account of our nation and its populace on the verge of a strange, new frontier.        

Editorial Reviews

Tragic and humourous in its scope, Nine Bells For A Man evokes a world that is gone now and presents in vivid detail the hopes, aspirations and the courage of the people it celebrates.

- The Algonquin News