Set in small-town Ontario and spanning three generations, Richard B. Wright's acclaimed novel of Howard Wheeler's search for self-understanding is a journey through the past, both real and imagined, a brilliant gathering-together of the many threads of emotional inheritance that make up life....
|Title||:||The Age Of Longing: A Novel|
|Number of Pages||:||218 Pages|
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The Age Of Longing: A Novel Reviews
A wonderful, comfy, easy read,..perfect for curling up in a garden chair on a warm, sunny day, and we've had so many of these lately way up here in northwestern Ontario. But I digress... When Howard's mother dies, he returns to the town of his birth to clear up her estate and sell the family home, and reminisces about the lives of his parents as young people...meeting, falling in love, getting married, and then the eventual disintegration of their marriage... Poignant, touching, memorable. This is the only second Richard Wright I've read, but I already know that I love Richard Wright stories. :-)QUOTE: “No one has touched her since she was ten years old and a boy named Elliot Summers kissed her on the cheek at a birthday party for a neighbour’s child. But happiness for Grace Stewart does not arrive without the presence of its evil stepsisters, uncertainty and doubt. They stand by the doorway to cast their shadows over any notion that happiness in this life is unconditional and gratis. You have to pay for everything. This she knows in her heart’s blood.” [p. 50-51]
I am a fan of Richard B. Wright. I've read many, if not all of his novels. He always has excellent character development. He is a seasoned writer. This book lost one star due to the fact that the story was in part about the game of hockey. Even though I've lived in Canada far longer than the USA, I have not become a hockey fan and thus the dislike for anything hockey! But this story was much more than hockey. Howard Wheeler returns to his family home after the death of his mother to settle the estate. He revisits his past and his parents marriage and the disintegration of that marriage. In the 50's, in small town Ontario, his mother was a proper and sometimes perceived as prudish school teacher. She met young Ross "Buddy" Wheeler at the community baseball games and decided they should marry and live in the house she recently bought. Buddy was a talented hockey player and drafted into the minor leagues. His young wife didn't give a flit about hockey and basically ignored the game, not even to listen to the broadcasts on the radio. Buddy then had the opportunity to play with the NHL, and she again didn't give him the time of day on this prestigious moment in his life.I like the jacket review of this novel that says......."a brilliant gathering together of the many threads of emotional inheritance that make up a life."
As a fan of Montreal hockey and Richard B. Wright writing, this novel was a natural fit for me. I had just come off of a disappointing Wright novel, and this was a great bounce-back piece of literature. The book is well researched. The prose is lively and crisp, while the characters are vivid and well sculpted as archetypes. The ending of the novel was a little disappointing. Maybe anti-climactic is a better word. The story was tied up with string, but something less ruddy and more eventful would have made the conclusion more rewarding. If you grew up in Ontario in the 1940s, 50s or 60s, the behaviour and mindset of the characters will seem familiar to you, giving you the scent of times gone by. Nostalgia and family dynamics are the two engines that drive this novel.
Richard B. Wright is a master at character development in his nine novels, and The Age of Longing is no exception. Howard Wheeler returns to his mother's home following her death to sell her house and its contents. As memories of his childhood unfold, his parents emerge for the reader as ordinary, flawed human beings. The magic of Richard B. Wright's writing is not the plots, but the way in which he depicts his characters leading unexceptional lives with insight and compassion. I think that he is one of Canada's finest authors.
I am a sucker for novels set in small town Ontario. I am a sucker for the writing of Richard B. Wright. This is a fine read. Interesting characters, well observed. Nice insights into the dynamics of small town hockey careers; where images in (some) poems might really come from; the used car trade before, during and after WWII; and what life must have been like for a smart, basically plain, daughter of the foundry owner who becomes a school teacher.
A quick read that kept me entertained from beginning to end. The saga of the serious woman and the fun but smoke hockey player settles around their elder son cleaning and leaving their home is captivating in the characters and story. Reminding me of the great read by Jeff Lemire, the Essex County Trilogy, this is a pure slice of Canadiana from small town life to a realistic look at life.
I really had higher hopes for this after Clara Callan and given the summary.