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Mister Sandman [EPUB] ✷ Mister Sandman By Barbara Gowdy – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Barbara Gowdy s outrageous, hilarious, disturbing, and compassionate novel is about the Canary family, their immoderate passions and eccentricities, and their secret lives and histories The deepest se Barbara Gowdy s outrageous, hilarious, disturbing, and compassionate novel is about the Canary family, their immoderate passions and eccentricities, and their secret lives and histories The deepest secret of all is harbored in the silence of the youngest daughter, Joan, who doesn t grow, who doesn t speak, but who can play the piano like Mozart though she s never had a lesson Joan is a mystery, and in the novel s stunning climax her family comes to understand that each of them is a mystery, as marvelous as Joan, as irreducible as the mystery of life itself In its compassionate investigation of moral truths and its bold embrace of the fractured nature of every one of its characters, Mister Sandman attains the heightened quality of a modern day parable.

    Download Book Best Sellers in PDF format her family comes to understand that each of them is a mystery, as marvelous as Joan, as irreducible as the mystery of life itself In its compassionate investigation of moral truths and its bold embrace of the fractured nature of every one of its characters, Mister Sandman attains the heightened quality of a modern day parable."/>
  • Paperback
  • 288 pages
  • Mister Sandman
  • Barbara Gowdy
  • 15 January 2019
  • 1895897769

About the Author: Barbara Gowdy

Barbara Gowdy is the author of seven books, including Helpless, The Romantic, The White Bone, Mister Sandman, We So Seldom Look on Love and Falling Angels, all of which have met with widespread international acclaim A three time finalist for The Governor General s Award, two time finalist for The Scotia Bank Giller Prize, The Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize and The Commonwealth Writers Prize, winner of the Marian Engel Award and The Trillium Book Prize, Gowdy has been longlisted for The Man Booker Prize She has been called a miraculous writer by the Chicago Tribune, and in Harper s magazine described her as a terrific literary realist who has refused to subscribe to worn out techniques and storytelling methods Born in Windsor, Ontario, she lives in Toronto.



10 thoughts on “Mister Sandman

  1. Corey Corey says:

    A novel that rolls around in its own eccentricity like a happy dog in high grass Gowdy loves her oddball characters and the reader cannot help but love them, too.

  2. Holly Holly says:

    The story of a family set in 50s 70s Canada this unconventional family closet homosexual Gordon wild, lying Doris brilliant, promiscuous Marcy slow, overweight, happy Sonja and genius, brain damaged, beautiful, talented Joan struggles with love, openness and honesty until Joan opens their eyes.Recommended by Margaret Atwood and by Salon.com, this story had me expecting to be as spellbound as I was when reading Geek Love However, despite the book s interesting perspective and plot line, The story of a family set in 50s 70s Canada this unconventional family closet homosexual Gordon wild, lying Doris brilliant, promiscuous Marcy slow, overweight, happy Sonja and genius, brain damaged, beautiful, talented Joan struggles with love, openness and honesty until Joan opens their eyes.Recommended by Margaret Atwood and by Salon.com, this story had me expecting to be as spellbound as I was when reading Geek Love However, despite the book s interesting perspective and plot line, the effort seemed a bit uneven I took the sexual proclivities of all the characters to be an unconventional device that would allow comparison across the same playing field none were what we d call normal and by writing this from a sexual perspective Gowdy forced the reader to confront what he or she viewed normal sexual activity or lack thereof This had the effect of both being somewhat shocking but also eventually forcing a look inwards, especially as the Canary family is so likable Gowdy does some brilliant work here one example is Marcy s promiscuity, which literaly means that she generally doesn t discriminate after a bit of trial and error, she moves from one partner to another before any hearts are broken she is free w love she doesn t withhold based on history, age, past, etc but she does appreicate the cute ones.However, the book feels a bit off balance There are awkward sentences all over the book I found myself having to re read sections to figure out who he was and who she was many of the metaphors were also awkward too, a few were brilliant but it caused me to mentally stumble, an uncomfortable situation for the reader

  3. Booklovinglady Booklovinglady says:

    Doris and Gordon Canary have two daughters, Sonja and Marcy and the story is about them and Doris and Gordon s third daughter, Joan Joan is, in reality, a child of Doris and Gordon s eldest, unmarried, daughter Sonja, who fell pregnant when she was just 15.The story is funny, hilarious at times even the Oh, no, not again bit when Joan was born, for instance but at the same time it is also a sad story.The lyrics of the song Mister Sandman , as well as the song itself, are very cleverly w Doris and Gordon Canary have two daughters, Sonja and Marcy and the story is about them and Doris and Gordon s third daughter, Joan Joan is, in reality, a child of Doris and Gordon s eldest, unmarried, daughter Sonja, who fell pregnant when she was just 15.The story is funny, hilarious at times even the Oh, no, not again bit when Joan was born, for instance but at the same time it is also a sad story.The lyrics of the song Mister Sandman , as well as the song itself, are very cleverly woven into the story The story has something dreamlike, as it is so unreal The first line of the song says bring me a dream One has to know the lyrics of the song to fully appreciate the story in my opinion, otherwise a lot is lost on the reader That s not to say one can t appreciate the story without knowing the lyrics though, but the story is so muchif one does know the lyrics

  4. KW KW says:

    The story is complex, so we ll start with the family a mother, a father and their two girls, one of whom is fifteen and recently lost her virginity albeit somewhat unwittingly she turns to the man directly thereafter and gasps, Did we go all the way Oldest daughter becomes pregnant Mother and daughter travel to the nursing home where an elderly aunt is staying, and the daughter gives birth in a basement room where not a year earlier, an elderly woman named Alice killed herself, etching The story is complex, so we ll start with the family a mother, a father and their two girls, one of whom is fifteen and recently lost her virginity albeit somewhat unwittingly she turns to the man directly thereafter and gasps, Did we go all the way Oldest daughter becomes pregnant Mother and daughter travel to the nursing home where an elderly aunt is staying, and the daughter gives birth in a basement room where not a year earlier, an elderly woman named Alice killed herself, etching Rot in Hell into the windowpane The older women attending the birth swear that the baby, born small and white haired, screamed Oh no, not again in Alice s voice upon entry The baby is dropped on her head by a surprised nurse Mister Sandman isthan a novel about a possibly reincarnated idiot savant, though that in itself could be a formidable plot It is about a family which, by all appearances, should be miserable the youngest daughter born out of wedlock, the boy hungry middle child, the parents, whom are respectively in the closet It is a rare book in that family members, despite appearances or failure to satisfy conventional household norms, support one another and, together, become a content unit, secrets or no It is that rare book in that, at the book s end, secrets disclosed do not result in isolation, but an affirmation of acceptance by those who truly love one another Not to be discounted is Gowdy s lyrical writing style, which seems to reach at times but ultimately makes the story s telling, and the skill taken with the small details which compose the total, compelling picture of the novel s 1960s Toronto one sister s secret adherence to a false bra, the moldy basement apartment of the grandmother who worships Queen Elizabeth and plucks the mushrooms growing from her damp living room carpet to fry and eat on toast as the English do , the youngest s black carpeted office

  5. Nutty Nutty says:

    Throughout the whole book I kept wondering if it was going to be one of those weird esoteric books you don t quite understand It wasn t Joan turned out to be a mirror, nothing , nothing less This was very interestingly constructed up to the end But although the idea behind it was very nice, the story as a whole is too implausible for me to support it It went too far Too, too far.I liked the part where the author allowed a glimpse into Joanie s inner workings and I loved the ending, whi Throughout the whole book I kept wondering if it was going to be one of those weird esoteric books you don t quite understand It wasn t Joan turned out to be a mirror, nothing , nothing less This was very interestingly constructed up to the end But although the idea behind it was very nice, the story as a whole is too implausible for me to support it It went too far Too, too far.I liked the part where the author allowed a glimpse into Joanie s inner workings and I loved the ending, which was simple and clean But the overall story of the family just too much I would give it about 2.5 stars if I could

  6. Becky Mears Becky Mears says:

    What a great and unexpected delight I found this book I just picked up in a local charity shop The main character was obviously autistic but not described as such She was viewed by her family in the 60 s as brain damaged reincarnated and just generally as mysterious, eccentric and very much loved.Was a very quirky novel but had some great things to say about repressing ones real natures Give it a go

  7. lana lana says:

    It s a quick and easy read Not particularly original or demanding, but it s an amusing way to spend an afternoon The characters are interesting and the end of the book is definitely its strongest part I heard it compared to Geek Love, and though the daughter is a freak, she is not so in the Geek Love sense In a sense, her normal family members are much stranger than she.

  8. Kailin Kailin says:

    This is one of my favourite novels a dysfunctional family that decides that it really isn t dysfunctional at all beautiful characters, sometimes i think that i might have known them, at some point, sometime.

  9. Linda Linda says:

    Second book I ve read by this author First was great This one was tedious and precious Seemed like the author was trying too hard Finished it though, but only by slogging through Started off good, but felt forced very quickly.

  10. Cecia Cecia says:

    I loved reading this book The writing was excellent, the characters wonderful and unique, and I laughed out loud several times A very fun story about a dysfunctional family in the 60 s 70 s.4.5 5

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