The Setting Lake Sun by J.R. LéveilléThe Setting Lake Sun by J.R. Léveillé

The Setting Lake Sun

byJ.R. LéveilléTranslated byS.E. Stewart

Paperback | April 1, 2001

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The Setting Lake Sun is the first appearance of Léveillé’s work in English, published simultaneously with the original French version, Le Soleil du lac qui se couche (LesÉditions du Blé). The Setting Lake Sun, J.R. Léveillé’s first novel set in his native Manitoba, describes the unforgettable encounter of Angèle, an aspiring young Métis architect, with Ueno Takami, an older Japanese poet. The story begins when they meet at an art gallery in Winnipeg, a city surprisingly rich both physically, in its architecture, and culturally, with its mix of heritage and customs brought by people who have emigrated there from all over the world. From Winnipeg Angèle and Ueno head north through the wilds to Thompson. Narrated by Angèle, who is remembering her feelings of excitement, surprise and wonder at the discoveries inspired by the Japanese artist, The Setting Lake Sun is as much a love story as a spiritual journey, a celebration of life in all its incompleteness, imperfection, and impermanence.
Born in Winnipeg in 1945, J.R. Léveillé divides his time between the city and Lake Manitoba country. A full-time journalist for Radio-Canada national television, where he has produced over thirty author and artist profiles, Léveillé is also the author of a more than a dozen works of poetry, fiction and essays. His work has been publish...
Title:The Setting Lake SunFormat:PaperbackDimensions:80 pages, 7.99 × 5.29 × 0.31 inPublished:April 1, 2001Publisher:Signature EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0921833776

ISBN - 13:9780921833772

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from I am sorry to say I didn't like it very much. There is no doubt that the quality of writing, the poetic use of language, is masterfully done, but I just could not bring myself to like the characters very much or even want to understand them. I found them self involved - not an appealing quality for me. They spent too much time looking inward rather than giving of themselves. I also disliked how short and terse their conversations seemed to be.
Date published: 2017-02-11

Editorial Reviews

"This quiet, elegantly suspended story generates an aura that is softly enfolding, stirring respect for elusive connections and a gentle engagement with mysteries." —The Globe and Mail "The book’s low-key narrative style, despite the book’s major events, lends the whole book a still centre, a tumultuous quietness much like Ueno’s presence in the narrator’s life. In the end, it’s a story as brief as a kiss can sometimes be." —Uptown