As he follows a trail strewn with family secrets and unsavory suspicions, he discovers not only that old money has lost its grip and new money taken on an ugly hue, but that his whole existence been cast into shadow by the weight of his expectations. As he follows a trail strewn with family secrets and unsavory suspicions, he discovers not only that old money has lost its grip and new money taken on an ugly hue, but that his whole existence been cast into shadow by the weight of his expectations. It also floats in and out between a fictional, literary writing style to a journalistic one — and this flip flopping only added to the inconsistency. A zippy read therefore a good Booker contender according to Stella's jury from a couple of years ago. Book Review: Mount Pleasant by Don Gillmor 05.
I was interested to pick it up after reading about its topical plot and its setting Toronto , and reassured by the many laudatory comments about this author's non-fiction works none of which I have read. It's invisible, It's moving through this room right now, millions, the molecules traceless. But nothing in life has turned out the way Harry was led to expect. Don Gillmor is an Canadian , and. In this novel,Don Gillmor shows us the never ending attraction to money, its wonder and pitfalls, and even the rich can fall. How can a book about debt, death, divorce and society on the brink of a moral cliff be hilarious? Regardless, I found this book very interesting. This happens frequently in books about Toronto and I can't figure it out.
As he follows a trail strewn with family secrets and unsavory suspicions, he discovers not only that old money has lost its grip and new money taken on an ugly hue, but that his whole existence been cast into shadow by the weight of his expectations. Debt is the new death. Ah well, that mistake allowed me to find a very enjoyable read. She was responsible for my love of language—or jumping. Gillmor does a masterful job of fleshing out the hypocrisy that defines so many of us: we pledge solidarity with the poor and downtrodden, while inwardly seething that our middle-class entitlements are slipping away from us. But the meaning of the word debt shifts in this story.
Out of desperation and disbelief, Harry starts to dig into what happened to the money. Sometimes I found myself wondering why he would use a particular motif or what the point was of travelling down memory lane in that moment. It's a beautiful place and every time I walk through it, I am intrigued by the lives and stories that have ended there. Flaherty is like a schoolmarm warning you about the perils of sex. Gillmor also well captures the nuances of marriage and family.
As a Vancouverite, hopefully I'll be forgiven for thinking that it would take place in the Vancouver neighbourhood of Mt. Research and analytics cookies These cookies help us understand user behavior within our services. Harry Salter's financier father dies and Harry doesn't get his expected inheritance -the one he has been counting on to save him from penury and allow him to maintain the kind of life he's always taken for granted. It also has an unevenness of tone. As he sits at his father's bedside, Harry inevitably daydreams about his inheritance.
As he sits at his father's bedside, Harry inevitably daydreams about his inheritance. The book is well crafted. They're just too heavy to wear around my neck. Shock and disappointment at not having his financial expectations met after the death of his wealthy father leave Harry on a quest for answers. For example right at the start, Harry realizes as he buys very expensive meat from his butcher, than professors are now more poorly valued members of society, whereas former blue collar workers like butchers are now rich artisans. Gillmor does a great job of capturing this feeling of desperation.
Mount Pleasant by Don Gillmor is a novel about money, debt, life, death and love. This entry was posted on March 26, 2013 at 1:59 pm and is filed under ,. Now he has grown up and has a family of his own, and his situation is completely different. Besides this more revelations await Harry and he begins to realize how disengaged his life is, that his marriage is in trouble and he barely talks to his son. The main character is the only character that is well-drawn and I constantly wanted to punch him for being so navel-gazingly miserable.
I enjoyed this book a lot. The main characters have been well-off all of their lives, and find t I'm always drawn to books that take place in Toronto - so naturally, the title caught my eye. In his search, by digging deep and looking back, Harry hopefully begins to understand what is important to preserve in life and to ultimately make the most of the second half that will be his future. I didn't understand this - why not be completely descriptive? Mount Pleasant by Don Gilmour May 11, 2017 An insightful look into the world of the not so successful offsprings of the once rich families in an affluent Toronto neighbourhood - Rosedale. Expecting to take home upwards of £1-million pounds for Christmas, his life is thrown into chaos when the credit crisis strikes and he gets a cheque for £30,000.
I love that it's set in Toronto and how the city comes across vividly. There he learns that his father, losing traction in an increasingly risky market environment, made an unwise financial gamble before he died. There was never any real jeopardy so it mattered little if Harry found out what happened to the money or not. On the plus side, the first chapter, and scattered moments like the last two-thirds of chapter 23 where Harry builds a fence and seemed to flesh out and become wonderfully human and even soulful. But hanging over Harry's head was that his credit card was maxed out and line of credit was quickly reaching its limit. The stage is set for Harry's self-discovery but somehow this just doesn't happen.