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CHARACTERS Consolation 108 Æ [Read] ➲ Consolation By Michael Redhill – “There is a vast part of this city with mouths buried in it Mouths capable of speaking to us But we stop them up with concrete and build over them and whatever it is they wanted to say gets whispere “There is a vast part of this city with mouths buried in O create images of a fledgling city where wooden sidewalks are put together with penny nails where Indians spear salmon at the river mouth and the occasional bear ambles down King Street where department stores display international wares and fine mansions sit cheek by jowl with shantytownsConsolation moves back and forth between David Hollis’s legacy and Jem Hallam’s struggle to survive ultimately revealing a mysterious connection between the two narratives Exuisitely crafted and masterfully written Michael Redhill’s superlative book reveals how history is often transformed into a species of fantasy and how time alters the contours of even the things we hold most certain As complex and layered as the city whose story it tells Consolation evokes the mysteries of love and memory and what suffering the absence of the beloved truly means. I think this book was too complex for the state of mind I was in while reading it I loved the idea of a historical novel focused on early photographic techniues in Toronto as well as the archeological nature of the story I liked the idea of the layers of history building on one another and later being uncovered in reverse orderI think I loved the concept than the actual bookThere were some flashes of brilliance especially towards the end Redhill is a clever writer but sometimes it felt like he was too clever for me I kept wondering if I was missing thingsdid some key part of the plot really happen or was it made up by one of the characters I still don't knowSpeaking of characters I really liked the 19th century characters but really didn't care about the modern ones

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S widow Marianne sets up camp in a hotel overlooking the construction site watching and waiting for the boat to be unearthed The only person to share her vigil is John Lewis fiancé to her daughter Bridget An orphan who had come to love David as his own father John finds himself caught in a struggle between mother and daughter–all the while keeping a dark secret from both womenInterwoven into the contemporary story is another narrative set in s the tale of Jem Hallam a young apothecary struggling to make a living in the harsh new city so he can bring his wife and daughters from England Crushed by ruthless competitors he develops an unlikely friendship with two other down on their luck Torontonians Samuel Ennis a brilliant but dissolute Irishman and Claudia Rowe a destitute widow Together they establish a photography business and set out t. I live in Toronto I love history and architecture This book was an incredible read and eventually I found myself on a walking tour of the buildings and history with Michael RedhillThere is so much development happening in the area of the waterfront where land was reclaimed now I am sure many artifacts are found and some even hidden so the development goes on uninterruptedThis novel was an eye opener and very engaging Loved it

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Consolation“There is a vast part of this city with mouths buried in it Mouths capable of speaking to us But we stop them up with concrete and build over them and whatever it is they wanted to say gets whispered down empty alleys and turns into wind ” These are among the last words of Professor David Hollis before he throws himself off a ferry into the frigid waters of Lake Ontario A renowned professor of “forensic geology” David leaves in his wake both a historical mystery and an academic scandal He postulated that on the site where a sports arena is about to be built lie the ruins of a Victorian boat containing an extraordinary treasure a strongbox full of hundreds of never seen photographs of early Toronto a priceless record of a lost city His colleagues however are convinced that he faked his research materialsDetermined to vindicate him hi. Consolation is a brilliantly written Canadian novel about the rapidly changing world and about the secrets we bury and the legacies we all leave behind filled with the nostalgia of history and the sadness of the impending future and the past forgotten this book is definitely one of my favorites and I highly recommend it