The Custodian of Paradise

The Custodian of Paradise

Book - 2006
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Sheilagh Fielding (a character from Johnston's previous novel The Colony of Unrequited Dreams) travels to the deserted island of Loreburn off the coast of Newfoundland with two trunks of provisions for an extended stay. She hopes to relearn how to live her life amidst the wildlife that will be her companions, but discovers that another person is on the island with her--someone who will change her beliefs about the life she has lived.
Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, c2006
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780676978155
Branch Call Number: FIC Johns 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 510 p


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Jan 29, 2017

There were points when I wanted to throw this book against the wall as the characters frustrated me so often, yet the wit and clever reading kept me reading late into the night. As the child of a Newfoundlander, who has visited the Rock many times, I had a firm grasp of the importance place had in this book. The people of Newfoundland come alive in this work, making homesick for a place I haven't seen in a decade.

Nov 18, 2008

Sheilagh Fielding is one of the greatest creations of Canadian literature: larger than life (literally), witty, reclusive, damaged. A compelling read.

Jan 25, 2008

Johnston took Sheilagh Fielding from his book Colony of Unrequited Dreams and wrote a book around her history. A comment on the times, women in society and society in general. I really great read, hard to put down.

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