Juliet Was A Surprise

Juliet Was A Surprise


Book - 2014
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Gaston's characteristic keen insight and wit dazzle in this new collection. Readers will see the world through the prism of unfamiliar perspectives: a bank executive whose excellent sex life might in fact be killing her, an amorous tree surgeon better attuned to the values of his "patients" than to other people, a vacationing schizophrenic, a pizza-delivery boy convinced he's witnessed magic--all struggling with the world as they see it.

This versatile collection--at times darkly playful, absurd, or shockingly real--illustrates how we can fail to understand the simplest of truths and how we are trapped by the peculiarities of our own points of view.

The Globe and Mail says that "Bill Gaston deserves to dwell in the company of Findlay, Atwood, and Munro as one of this country's literary treasures." In his hands, the outlandish becomes comprehensible and everyday life comes to look strange. What unifies these stories and their characters is the underlying faith in the humanity of even the most dangerously misguided among us.

Brazenly entertaining, but just as often heartbreaking, Juliet Was a Surprise portrays the humour and unfairness of life through the blunders and crimes of quixotic men and women with whom we can't help but sympathize.
Publisher: Toronto : Hamish Hamilton, c2014.
ISBN: 9780143192411
Characteristics: 201 pages ;,22 cm.


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Jan 02, 2019

A cynical, pessimistic look at human relationships - especially romantic ones. The book is not badly written, though there is too much overlap between the descriptions of characters between the stories, but overall it is just a dreary read.

Aug 05, 2018

‘Juliet was a surprise’ is filled with short & strange stories, with the female characters proving to be a bit problematic.

Dec 06, 2015

While some of these stories have some unusual twists, overall the collection is quite ordinary. GG nominee.

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