Thunder and Light

Thunder and Light

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Thunder and Light is the second volume in Marie-Claire Blais' prize-winning series (These Festive Nights, Thunder and Light, Augustino and the Choir of Destruction, and Rebecca, Born in the Maelstrom) that has been hailed as one of the greatest undertakings in modern Quebec fiction.Powered by its characters' gripping exploration of the world's dark corners, Thunder and Light is a teeming microcosm in which boundaries collapse and the extremes and contradictions that animate our times are reconciled. Blais locks us directly into her characters' consciousness, many of whom we met in her previous novell, These Festive Nights, and many that she derives from actual news stories: Jessica, a seven-year-old pilot attempting to beat the world record as the youngest pilot to cross the continent; Nathanael, a teenager on death row for killing his favourite teacher; Our Lady of the Bags, a modern-day Joan of Arc who lives among Manhattan's skyscrapers and follows the voices in her head; and Caroline and Jean-Mathieu, aging artists who are fighting to come together again. One character's thoughts or actions have consequences for another who is a stranger to the first 3,000 miles away.This is an intricate house of cards, delicately but expertly constructed, that shocks us in its perversity and familiarity, ultimately finding hope and redemption in the most human and basic forms of art.
Publisher: Toronto : Anansi, c2000.
ISBN: 9780887841767
0887841767
Branch Call Number: FICTION BLA
Additional Contributors: Spencer, Nigel

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