Bird Artist: A Novel

Bird Artist: A Novel

by Howard Norman
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Bird Artist: A Novel by Howard Norman

Howard Norman's The Bird Artist, the first book of his Canadian trilogy, begins in 1911. Its narrator, Fabian Vas is a bird artist: He draws and paints the birds of Witless Bay, his remote Newfoundland coastal village home. In the first paragraph of his tale Fabian reveals that he has murdered the village lighthouse keeper, Botho August. Later, he confesses who and what drove him to his crime--a measured, profoundly engrossing story of passion, betrayal, guilt, and redemption between men and women.

The Bird Artist is a 1994 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312130275
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 03/10/1995
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 188,859
Product dimensions: 5.48(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Howard Norman is also a National Book Award finalist for The Northern Lights. His other works include The Museum Guard, The Chauffeur, a collection of stories, and The Haunting of L., his most recent novel. He received a Lannan Award in fiction. He resides in Vermont and Washington D.C.

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Bird Artist 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quirky isolated characters inhabit this book. Do their quirks result in the isolation, or visa versa, or do they feed on each other. Many suprises and maybe twist or two, including unpredictable young love. Not your usual fair, but quite interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I must be missing something. This book has actually won awards and received favorable reviews from people who are paid good money for their opinions. I, by contrast, found it largely bleak and tedious. In particular, I was mystified by the emotional desert in which these characters lived. Was the story meant to be ironic, or do Newfoundland winters just freeze life in strange ways? -- catwak