The Man Who Loved Jane Austen by Ray SmithThe Man Who Loved Jane Austen by Ray Smith

The Man Who Loved Jane Austen

byRay Smith

Paperback | March 15, 1999

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After fictional excursions abroad to Germany, France, Scotland, Italy, Africa, and Australia, and back to the 1920s, the nineteenth century, and the Middle Ages, Ray Smith has come home to English Montreal in the 1990s. The Man Who Loved Jane Austen is a penetrating story of a Montreal with only the lingering effervescence of its past, a Montreal of loss, or regret, of sadness. A Montreal where nationalism corrodes every event, every relationship, every soul. A Montreal of lies and betrayal.

Smith's work combines astonishing inventiveness with a warm and gregarious humanity. His first book, Cape Breton is the Thought Control Centre of Canada (1969, reissued by The Porcupine's Quill in 1989), burst upon a largely uncomprehending world in an explosion of post-modernist experimentation and whimsy. The novel, Lord Nelson Tavern (1974) is an odyssey of love and friendship; it conceals its equally innovative structures behind a surface reality of poignant characters and memorable incidents. Smith again extended his range with Century (1986), a novel which explores the horrors and beauties of the modern world. His most recent book, A Night at the Opera (The Porcupine's Quill, 1992), is an exploration of the preposterous German city of Waltherrott, a delightful cavalcade of fools and knaves, grouches and maniacs, frumps and tarts, heroes and clowns.

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...
Title:The Man Who Loved Jane AustenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:234 pages, 8.7 × 5.53 × 0.7 inPublished:March 15, 1999Publisher:Porcupine's QuillLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889842027

ISBN - 13:9780889842021

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From Our Editors

Delve into a superbly crafted novel by award-winning author Ray Smith that taps into the damaged spirit of one of Canada's most beleaguered cities. The Man Who Loved Jane Austen tells the story of the author's return home to Montreal in the '90s after travelling abroad through Europe, Africa and Australia. With astonishing detail, Smith thrusts readers from past to present to paint a portrait of a city scarred by loss, betrayal and sadness and corroded by nationalism. Smith is also the author of the acclaimed A Night at the Opera.

Editorial Reviews

`Watching the social forces around Frank buffet him into what to most would be an unthinkable position is watching a great tragedy unfold. All along, the reader in her ironic position can see the injustices and the scams, and rage against them, against Frank's passivity now played out to a ridiculous extreme. Can it really be that Frank is a metaphor for the anglo in Quebec? Surely we are not so passive, so infantile, so other? Even if the villains are caricatures, even if the events seem too convenient at times, there is enough in The Man Who Loved Jane Austen to shock us into uneasy recognition of the anglos' complicity in their own oppression.'