The Man Who Hated Emily Bronte by Ray SmithThe Man Who Hated Emily Bronte by Ray Smith

The Man Who Hated Emily Bronte

byRay Smith

Paperback | April 30, 2004

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Hired to teach in a junior college, Will Franklyn has come to Montreal expecting a life to proceed much as it had in Nova Scotia where he grew up, or in Edmonton or Edinburgh where he studied. But `in Quebec everything -- all law, all logic, all human behaviour -- is topsy-turvy.' Trusting and bemused, Will manages -- just -- to stay sane in the midst of lunacy.

In this novel, a companion to his sombre The Man Who Loved Jane Austen, Ray Smith demonstrates once again that he is a master of comic fiction, leading us a merry chase round the mountain. The familiar places are there -- Schwartz's, the St. Viateur Bagel Shop, the Big O -- but lurking behind every familiar certainty is the unexpected, the bizarre, the topsy-turvy.

Ray Smith was born in Mabou, Nova Scotia, a beautiful village on the west coast of Cape Breton. Mabou is famous for its fiddlers, step dancers, and singers, especially the Rankin Family. Ray lived in several Nova Scotia towns, but most of his boyhood was spent in Halifax, where he attended Dalhousie University. He left for Toronto as a...
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Title:The Man Who Hated Emily BronteFormat:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 8.74 × 5.55 × 0.69 inPublished:April 30, 2004Publisher:Porcupine's QuillLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889842450

ISBN - 13:9780889842458

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`Comic novels like this one are hard to pull off. A lot of writers have failed miserably. The secret, which Smith has obviously figured out, is not to worry about making your characters or your story too broad. If you're writing a farce you want to keep everything, and everybody, three or four steps removed from reality. ... So crack open The Man Who Hated Emily Bronte, limber up your cheek muscles, and prepare to laugh. Because once you start, you won't stop.'