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  • Title: The Big Why: A Novel
  • Author: MichaelWinter
  • ISBN: 9781596910256
  • Page: 162
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Michael Winter s powerful new novel, The Big Why, brilliantly fictionalizes a pivotal year in the life of celebrated American artist Rockwell Kent In 1914, at the age of thirty, Kent decides to escape the superficial world of New York City and move to Brigus, Newfoundland, with his wife and three children to follow a few months later A socialist and a philanderer, certaiMichael Winter s powerful new novel, The Big Why, brilliantly fictionalizes a pivotal year in the life of celebrated American artist Rockwell Kent In 1914, at the age of thirty, Kent decides to escape the superficial world of New York City and move to Brigus, Newfoundland, with his wife and three children to follow a few months later A socialist and a philanderer, certain in the greatness of his work, he is drawn north by a fascination for the rocky Atlantic coast and by the example of Brigus s other well known resident, fabled Arctic explorer Robert Bartlett But once in Newfoundland, Kent discovers that notoriety is even easier to achieve in a small town than in New York As events come to a head both internationally and domestically and the war begins, Kent becomes a polarizing figure in this intimate, impoverished community, where everyone knows everyone and any outsider is suspect, possibly even a German spy Writing in Kent s voice, Michael Winter delivers a passionate, witty, and cerebral exploration of what makes exceptional individuals who they are and why Shortlisted for the Trillium Award
    The Big Why A Novel Michael Winter s powerful new novel The Big Why brilliantly fictionalizes a pivotal year in the life of celebrated American artist Rockwell Kent In at the age of thirty Kent decides to escape

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    1. I read this book because my grandmother, Rose Foley, was friends with both Rockwell Kent and Bob Bartlett She is actually in the book, although the only accurate thing about her is that she was known for her singing The clash of cultures New York versus small port in Newfoundland,is accurate I have w letter from Rockwell Kent decades later to my grandmother in which he excoriates those infamous Newfoundlanders who ostracized him My grandmother said he just got people riled up The author, who nev [...]

    2. This book by Michael Winter is a very different sort of historical fiction It recalls a specific time in the life of the American artist Rockwell Kent when he goes to Brigus Newfoundland just before the beginning of the First World War A lot of the book is spent exploring Rockwell s inner thoughts as they especially relate to whether in life we got to be who we are, and if not, why that is the big why His descriptions of those early fishermen and sealers is riveting In one incident, when a long [...]

    3. Winter is a master of the mundane sharp and hilarious observations of how people interact, behave in daily life , which is great when you re in the mood but can be a little slow going sometimes However, it s worth the wait in The Big Why, which works it way up to obsessively engaging in the final section The character development of Rockwell Kent is brilliant.

    4. This is an historical novel based on the life of Rockwell Kent, an American painter from New York who spent a year and a half in Newfoundland from 1914 1915 He was a man who sometimes preferred to be a human being on a quest for the good life rather than be an artist Now later in life, he looks back on the time he spent in the small town of Brigus pursuing that goal and how that experience almost broke him We go back in time to shortly before the war Kent is fed up and bored with the superficial [...]

    5. I chose this book from the library specifically because it takes place mainly in Brigus, Newfoundland I ve traced my paternal family back to the early 1700s in that area.I enjoyed all the tales about Brigus, especially as most of the characters are drawn from real life The story was a fascinating fictionalized introspection by a well known artist, but I can t say that I actually enjoyed it I ve not read any other books by Michael Winter, so I don t know if his strange lack of apostrophes and cla [...]

    6. This is a novel about Rockwell Kent, the artist perhaps most famous for designing the woodcuts illustrating the Modern Library edition of Moby Dick But aside from a few minor and passing facts, it s not really a biographical novel Michael Winter could ve given his protagonist a fictional name and his novel would ve worked as well However, it is fact that Rockwell Kent did spend almost 2 years living in Newfoundland beginning in 1914 That s the main thrust of the narrative The life he and his fam [...]

    7. While this was a great piece of fiction, it was also an excellent introduction to the life of Rockwell Kent AND a great look at life in Newfoundland at the first part of the 20th Century Page 269 When the war began the tree lost their leaves And I thought, Why trees, why green, why the futility of it I was caught up in the belief of profress, and now I saw turmoil There was chaos I read about entropy If you left a pile of bricks and time was infinite, then a moment would arrive when the bricks a [...]

    8. The Rockwell Kent of this book is unlikable and self involved, and it was therefore a surprise to me to love this book as much as I did I think it was partly because he was a man of his time and social sphere, and while he was selfish and careless with the people he professed to love, he also grew in self awareness over the book He asks questions that we all have to answer during our lifetimes does being ourselves means surrendering to our urges or learning to be the best we re capable of at cre [...]

    9. I didn t like Kent, I didn t like the random punctuation, and I wouldn t say I liked the book exactly but I did admire it Winter is a talented writer and this book made me curious enough that I will probably check out of his work Read the full review.

    10. Only halfway through, but the imagery of New York City and Newfoundland in the 1930s rocks All about a man torn between personal ambitions and desires to explore and run away and his responsibilities to his wife and children Clean and spare language but damn evocative.

    11. This would normally not be a book that I was interested in not my kind of themes, writing style, etc but Michael Winter s sentences are so beautiful and poetic If he can hold my interest in a cheating vegetarian artist in Newfoundland, it has to be good

    12. So well written that you can almost look past the grating arrogance of the main character and the writer himself Hard to put down

    13. I don t know why I didn t finish this I probably wasn t in the right mood I ll give it another chance I really like Michael Winter.

    14. I found this in the general store dollar bin Have read the first few pages and I like Winters prose and pace.

    15. Slow read, but easily convinced me to sympathize with the main character despite his flaws Beautiful short sentences.

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