- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Canada (17 February 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 014301319X
- ISBN-13: 978-0143013198
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.8 x 21 cm
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About the Author
Eric McCormack was born in a small village in Scotland. He moved to Canada in 1966 and attended the University of Manitoba. He taught English for more than thirty years at St. Jerome’s College at the University of Waterloo, specializing in seventeenth-century and contemporary literature. He has been a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Governor General’s Award. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.
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If you want a quick and fun read, this is the book for you.
The professor largely frames the orientation of the text, although the levels of narration constant wind amongst themselves. Keeping in mind that an ailing older man is relating the tale, and has to constantly sort the various levels of narration that he himself is narrating, we question its essential veracity, particularly in light of the fact that he has an audience hungry for his every word.
McCormack writes very much in the minimalist mould: monosyllabic words, terse sentences that seem almost child-like in their simplicity. Nevertheless, there is a poetic quality to the prose, as if the words invite a deeper and more revealing reading. Indeed, the text even ascribes various meanings to the book's title. The text's surface is deceptive, its ostensible plainness belying the narrative's complex underbelly.
There are many intriguing plot twists here, which, although startling at times, are never gratuitous or over-the-top. They propel the narrator's frequent visits to the professor to know "what happened next." The book is a veritable encyclopaedia, cataloguing various exotic cultures and places that, to the best of my knowledge, do exist, though you are unlikely to ever hear of them again after putting the book down.
The book has a lot of interesting things to say, particularly about the act of narration. In many ways, the text is a celebration about good storytelling. In fact, our entire knowledge and understanding of the characters comes from this act, a function that simultaneously effaces and creates. The truth appears to be whatever the storyteller says it is and, as many readers are sure to agree, it is never dull.
The Dutch Wife is a brilliantly conceived novel that doesn't fail to provide a realistic and absorbing read.
I picked up this book at the airport before a flight. As soon as I started reading I knew this would be an incredible journey.
I loved everything about this book.
The characters are amazing, the story is absolutely fabulous, there is enough new ideas in this book to write a dozen novels. It would make a wonderful movie.
I highly recommend this book if you want to be completely transported , this book will take you to a new world where reality is stranger than anything you could imagine.