Available inEB TP BuyFormateBookLength pagesPublisherVintage CanadaPublishedOctober 5, 2011List Price$9.99 CADISBN9780307374684Category
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The Colony Of Unrequited Dreams
The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, a Canadian bestseller, is a novel about Newfoundland that centres on the story of Joe Smallwood, the true-life controversial political figure who ushered the island through confederation with Canada and became its first premier.
"It may be the Great American Novel, except it happens to be about Newfoundland."
—Calvin Trillin, The Globe and Mail, 2002
"My big fiction treat this year."
—Ann-Marie MacDonald, National Post
"As absorbing as fiction can be — and [from] one of our continent's best writers."
"The scope of The Colony of Unrequited Dreams is vast, its humour is quiet and assured, its mixture of fact and fiction is altogether bracing, and its writing is about as beautiful and as imaginative as writing gets these days."
—David Macfarlane, The Globe and Mail
"A masterpiece — Mr. Johnston has a genius in him — and a haunting, unmitigated, uncanny vision and grace."
—Howard Norman, author of The Museum Guard and The Bird Artist
"This splendid, entertaining novel is both a version of David Copperfield transposed to 20th-century Newfoundland, and an evocation of vanished ways of life.... Rich and complex, it offers Dickensian pleasures."
—Andrea Barrett, author of Ship Fever and The Voyage of the Narwhal
"A spellbinding, must-read tale.... Johnston's authentic sense of place, history and romance are woven into a magical tapestry."
—Winnipeg Free Press
"Wayne Johnston is a brilliant and accomplished writer and his Newfoundland — boots and boats, rough politics and rough country, history and journalism — during the wild Smallwood years is vivid and sharp."
—E. Annie Proulx, author of The Shipping News
"A classic historical novel... deeply felt and powerfully imagined [that] will make a permanent mark on our literature."
—The Toronto Star, Choice for Best Book of 1998
From the Trade Paperback edition.