by Timothy Findley
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Spadework 2.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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GirlieMac More than 1 year ago
The jacket of this book implies that it is a murder mystery, a murder that happens after a phone line was accidentally cut. Instead, it is a depraved story about a bunch of cheating actors in a shakespearen town in Canada. Centered around Griff, an upcoming actor who decided to turn homosexual with the director to get better parts, and his wife Jane who turns to the bottle and both who ignore their 7 year old son Will. This book has this running reference to Monica Lewinsky's blue dress and the ensuing trial of Linda Tripp, so I'm sure the book was trying to make a point but I have no idea what.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Findley and have read all of his novels and stories. How he managed to pump out this piece of one dimensional fluff is beyond me. The book is banal and full of cliches. Most of his other works can be considered Literature with a capital 'L'. Spadework can only be called a poor excuse for killing a tree.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With his new hometown of Stratford, ON providing the location, Timothy Findley's 'Spadework' delicately draws us into an exploration of humanity's struggles with individualism and personal knowledge. Set amidst the egos and personalities of those who perform Shakespeare at the Festival Theatre in Stratford as well as some colourful, small town characters, 'Spadework' begins slowly. But there is no putting this story away ¿ before long, the reader is inexorably part of the people Findley lives among and fully comprehends. Despite several rather comical and somewhat contrived circumstances, 'Spadework' accomplishes something rare in modern novels ¿ it draws a clear and straight line to where human desire dwells in all of us.