After a thirty-year exile in Toronto, self-described “mid-listing” Newfoundland author James Nightingale leaves behind a failed marriage to a successful classical musician, who has taken up with an avant-garde composer, and a middling, if critically successful, career to return temporarily to St. John’s to receive an honourary degree from his alma mater. Braving the obstacAfter a thirty-year exile in Toronto, self-described “mid-listing” Newfoundland author James Nightingale leaves behind a failed marriage to a successful classical musician, who has taken up with an avant-garde composer, and a middling, if critically successful, career to return temporarily to St. John’s to receive an honourary degree from his alma mater. Braving the obstacles of artistic and domestic uncertainty and neglected family obligations—not to mention a book-signing and a launch that go risibly wrong—he meets old friends whose own artistic lives have borne little fruit, and contends with a talented daughter who, in defiance of her mother, has abandoned her classical-music roots in favour of performing “deconstructed” traditional Newfoundland songs, a father suffering from dementia but with a sharp memory of disappointment, and an untrustworthy former publisher who is re-releasing his seminal first novel.Imbued with the language of literature, the imagery of a Newfoundland in flux, and the grace of an author at the height of his powers, Mister Nightingale is at once a diatribe on the vicissitudes of the writing life, and a keen and poignant exploration of one man’s coming to terms with the “prevailing anxieties” of la vie quotidienne....
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Mister Nightingale Reviews
Mister Nightingale is another recently released novel from Nimbus Publishing, and not only does it have heavy, melodic and inspiring themes, but its Canadian setting gives it something else amazing entirely.
To sum up, this book really resonated with me, and I enjoyed every aspect of it. From its French flaps (but oddly chosen cover art with gothic horror overtones) to the paper used and the typeface chosen, it had a feel of quality and richness to it, even without having read a page of it, not something you would expect from a softcover publication. I enjoyed its pace, its cadence if you will. Never rushed, never too many or too few words used. Mister Nightingale is filled with literary and musical references, from Chekov to Conrad, from Mahler to Leonard Cohen. I think that Mr Bowdring has come quite close to composing a story that flows like a concerto; every chapter a variation of the theme, yet each worthy of standing on its own merits. Moreover, James Nightingale is a likeable character, rarely cynical, never bluff. One even feels empathy for him at times, such as when he finds himself sitting alone at a book signing table in the back of a big-box bookstore, while a higher profile (i.e. sports celebrity) gets a table at the front and has his presence regularly announced over the store's PA.Intelligent, innovative writing and realistic characters combine to make Mister Nightingale a stimulating read. For these reasons, I am adding Mister Nightingale to my 2016 long list of "The Very Best" Awards.For my full review, click here: http://wp.me/p60sTD-L6
I'm not sure what attracted me to this book but it was on my wish list. Must have been a good review. This story is very character driven. There's not much plot. The main character is a writer at a crossroads of life. Decisions, decisions... After 30 years in Toronto, his marriage falling apart, he returns "home" to Newfoundland where he encounters his past, including a father who suffers from dementia, and tries to come to terms with his future. Poetic quotes abound and the writing style is moderately literary.