Hugh MacLennan's first novel is a compelling romance set against the horrors of wartime and the catastrophic Halifax Explosion of December 6, 1917, now available as a Penguin Modern Classic.
In the winter of 1917, Penelope Wain is convinced her love, Neil Macrae, is deadkilled in action while serving overseas. That he apparently died in disgrace does not alter her love for the soldier who, unbeknownst to her, has returned to Halifax to clear his name, only days before a catastrophic explosion in the Harbour will forever change their lives.
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About the Author
A major 20th century Canadian author, Hugh MacLennan was born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, in 1907. His seven novels and many essays and travel books present a chronicle of Canada that often mediates between the old world of its European cultural heritage and the new world of American vitality and materialism. He won five Governor General's Awards, among many other honours. Hugh MacLennan died in Montreal in 1990.
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Penny felt her heart beginning to labour. Of course, if Neil were alive and in disgrace he would be a deserter and would not dare wear a uniform…. Penny breathed deeply. Surely if Neil were in Halifax she would have heard from him. She could not endure the thought that he was alive anywhere and had not come to her.
Excerpted from "Barometer Rising"
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is actually my second time reading Barometer Rising. I first read it almost 20 years ago. I enjoyed it then and even more so now.I was surprised that I could still find something in it; that it still had something to teach me. This time, I was able to appreciate the philosophical musings of the characters and Maclennan. I have kept this quote nearby since my first reading of the novel:Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit. Which is: Perhaps it will be pleasing to remember even this one day.20 years ago I wished those words were true but had no experience of them.Today I understand them as a gentle wisdom not to judge and dismiss the content of a particular moment....
): I kept finding myself wanting to see this as a movie, somehow. Something about it, and especially about the character of Peg (?) reminded me of the stream-of-consciousness writing of Virginia Woolf. I'm not smart enough to say why, but the feeling was inescapable. I enjoyed the book, and I enjoyed trying to read between the lines to see what MacLennan was saying about Canada, and whether his observations hold true today.
As one of the first Canadian novels to find success internationally, I had high expectations going into this book. I was disappointed. The story of the Halifax Explosion is one that should be better-known to all Canadians and it is a perfect backdrop for a good novel. However, MacLennan's metaphors are laughingly obvious and the setting isn't used to its full advantage. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone except a high-school English class.
A wonderful Story,and coming from Halifax,I find so much so true,loving and much to the truth of what did take Place In Halifax in WW1
This book incorporated the problems of love and World War One with the largest man-made explosion before atomic bombs. On decemvber 6th, 1917, two ships collided in Halifax Harbor, destroying the entire north end of halifax. This book gives so much information about that little known explosion, and yet the plot is still wonderful, and the characters are all interesting. It's that kind of book you can't put down once you pick it up. And if you have been to Halifax, or reside there, this book is especially endearing.