Set on the East Coast, and focusing on sixty-nine year old Jonas, this novel reflects the title character's energy, rage and humour as he looks upon his world, past and present, and is filled with memorable characters, adventures, and a pervading rugged gentleness.
This crically-acclaimed novel is an excellent choice for Canadian Studies and courses that investigate themes of maturity and old age.
Broughton, Katheryn. Canadian Materials (Novemer 1989): 275.
“Children's books fun and informative.” Halifax Sunday Daily News . November 7, 1993. 51.
Dorsey, Candas Jane. “Sci-fi nominations don't fail to amaze.” Edmonton Journal . February 10, 1991. C7.
Doucet, Clive. “Nova Scotian soul.” Globe and Mail. August 12, 1989. C8.
Finnie, John. “East coast eloquence.” Matrix . no. 32 (Fall 1990).
James-French, Davy. “The Rhythms of Nature.” Books in Canada (April 1990): 40.
McFadyen, Isobelle. Freelance (June 1990): 33.
McRae, Siobhan. Dalhouse Review 70.1 (July 1991): 137.
Nowlan, Michael O. Canadian Book Review Annual (December 1990): 162.
“Quick readings.” Ottawa Citizen . October 1989.
Skelton, Robin. “An arrogant old man and the sea.” Quill & Quire (August 1989).
Stewart, Beverly. “More life, universe and everything.” Th Whig-Standard Magazine . October 7, 1989. 20.
Woods, Thomas. “Lyric Atlantic fiction with wisdom, humour.” Vancouver Sun . December 30, 1989. H4.
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