The World by Bill Gaston

The World

byBill Gaston

Kobo ebook | September 25, 2012

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Weaving together five heartbreaking stories, Bill Gaston transforms the cruelty of life into something not only beautiful but heartwarming. A recently divorced, early retiree accidentally burns down his house on the day he pays off the mortgage, only to discover that for the first time in his life he’s forgotten to pay a bill: his insurance premium. An old friend of his, a middle-aged musician, prepares for her suicide to end the pain of esophageal cancer. Her father, who left his family to study Buddhism in Tibet, ends his days in a Toronto facility for Alzheimer’s patients. The three are tied together not only by their bonds of affection, but by a book called The World, written by the old man in his youth. The book, possibly biographical, tells the story of a historian who unearths a cache of letters, written in Chinese, in an abandoned leper colony off the coast of Victoria. He and the young Chinese translator fall in love, only to betray each other in the cruellest way possible, each violating what the other reveres most.

Title:The WorldFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 25, 2012Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:014318668X

ISBN - 13:9780143186687

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from extremely worthwhile read Gaston's fiction is expansive because of the equal weight he gives humour and compassion. Part hilarious road trip, part elegy to dying, and mostly a celebration of the tentative and profound connections between humans, 'The World' deserves a place beside the novels of David Adams Richards for its moral depth and uncanny vision.
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A very good read Gaston's story contains another story within it, a difficult task that he's done very well. Stuart Price journeys from his burnt house in BC to his dying friend in Toronto. Sounds all negative, but the story is more about finding great things where you're not looking, seeing depths in the shallows.Characters are engaging, amusing, interesting.
Date published: 2013-02-19