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by Timothy Findley

eBook You Went Away: A Novella download ISBN: 0006480993
Author: Timothy Findley
Publisher: HarperCollins Canada (1997)
Language: English
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Timothy Findley blew me away with his skill of story telling when I read The Last of the Crazy People last year. A native of Toronto, Canada, novelist and playwright Timothy Findley initially embarked upon an acting career.

Timothy Findley blew me away with his skill of story telling when I read The Last of the Crazy People last year Читать весь отзыв. Findley worked for the Canadian Stratford Festival and later, after study at London's Central School of Speech and Drama, he toured Britain, Europe, and the United States as a contract player. While performing in The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, Findley was encouraged by the playwright to write fiction.

You went away : a novella. You went away : a novella. by. Findley, Timothy, 1930-2002.

Publisher’s note: This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.

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Timothy Irving Frederick Findley, OC OOnt (October 30, 1930 – June 20, 2002) was a Canadian novelist and playwright. He was also informally known by the nickname Tiff or Tiffy, an acronym of his initials. One of three sons, Findley was born in Toronto, Ontario, to Allan Gilmour Findley, a stockbroker, and his wife, the former Margaret Maude Bull. His paternal grandfather was president of Massey-Harris, the farm-machinery company.

Mr. Findley's characters are some of the most interesting in modern fiction including Mottyl, a sentient calico belonging to Noah's wife and a Yaweh who is an all too human deity.

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Timothy Findley steps back in time to examine war-time love, infidelity and the greater ideals of love in You Went Away. Set in Canada during 1942, this novella follows the disintegrating marriage of Mi and Graeme Forbes. Disheartened by her husband's love of the bottle and womanizing, Mi seeks comfort in the arms of a handsome young pilot. Masterfully crafted, this haunting story will grip you from the very first page to the last.
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It's so easy
I know there are those who believe that even the notion of a novella is something unpalatable, never mind what's contained between its covers. I suppose I'm a little more egalitarian...which is surprising, seeing as I'm such a harsh critic...and a snob. However, 'You Went Away' *is* a novella. It's not a novel. It's not focused on telling a fully-formed story, but rather a storella. Which, as we all know, is a broad hint of a story, its quality defined as much by what's left out as by what's left in. (What's fascinating to me is that everything about the tale has been 'novella-ized'. Not just its breadth -that is, the narrative- but also the pithy representation of characters, their dialogue...the entire kit and kaboodle. And for this, I give Findley additional marks, for having been true to his intent. If this had been a slim tome but inconsistently dressed, if the passages were dense for example, or the depth into which he went in portraying characters was substantive, 'You Went Away' simply wouldn't ring true. But it does, because everything about the novel cleaves to the concept that 'novella' suggests.)

'You Went Away' is an austere, yet hardly cold affair. It's restrained without seeming bound, it's spare without seeming spartan. Its powerful punch comes from remaining true to the time, to the period, to the circumstances...with every word, every sentence, every paragraph serving the end result, that of novella and not 'sweeping saga'. (Lord knows, it could have been. There's so much there. In fact, I couldn't help but think "I wonder what Ann-Marie MacDonald would have done with this, if she'd been left it to finish upon Findley's death.') Yes, it does leave so very much unanswered. Yes, there are threads left dangling. But it's also an awfully satisfying reading experience, a slim slice of...well, meat and potato pie...that doesn't fill you up, but certainly reminds you of how good cooking (as writing) can be.

I was also reminded of how few writers there are who actually have something to say. Yes, constructing a tale and making sure all the necessary bits are there is the foundation of the writer's craft. But above this accomplishment is the hallmark of a real writer, one who *moves* the reader by way of conviction, of presence, as if they've draped their arm around your shoulder as you walk and said 'I've got a story to tell you. It's a good one, I know you're going to like it.' So few novels have this, most are a craftsperson's attempts at an artistic endeavour.

I suppose I cannot review this book without injecting a piece of personal history: back in '97, I was enrolled in the Humber School For Writers. For my instructor/mentor, I had a choice between Findley and another acclaimed Canadian writer...and chose this other chap. I wonder now, some dozen years later, just how different a writer I would be now had I had the opportunity to work under Findley. Because even reading it now, I learned much about the power a writer exerts...and that this comes not from any sort of majesty of word choice, but in the very act of telling a story in exactly the way it was meant to be told.
Akisame
i love this book, it has been one of my favorties....i have never read anything like this before...it's hard at times to believe the emotion that was put intothe publications of this book...i look for too reading more of Timothy's work! =) EMAIL ME FOR A GOOD TIME!!!!! HAHAHA THANKS! =P