A World Elsewhere

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Jonathan Cape, 2012 - Adoption - 320 pages
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Set in the late nineteenth century, A World Elsewhere is an intricately woven tale of humour and emotion, of family and friendship, of ambition and destitution. At its centre is Landish Druken, son of a Newfoundland sealing captain, who turns his back on family tradition and wishes to become a writer. Well-mannered and eloquent, Landish sets off from St John's to Princeton University, where he is befriended by 'Van' Vanderluyden, son of the wealthiest man in America, and later betrayed by him. Landish is banished from Princeton and his hopes crumble. Returning to St John's, he adopts Deacon, an orphan, the son of his father's first mate. Outcast, fighting off destitution, Landish raises Deacon alone, with no tools other than trust, humour and compassion. But when poverty casts them out of their home, there is only one person left to turn to: Van. They make the long journey to North Carolina, where Van has built Vanderland, a huge, magnificent castle. There they are swiftly pulled into a world of deception and murder, and the mettle of the exceptional Landish, and the bond with his adopted son, is truly tested. This is a novel of great invention and emotional intensity, A World Elsewhere is unexpected and extraordinary, and a work emblematic of Wayne Johnston's brilliance.

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Johnston's prose style is original. - Goodreads
Anagrams, puns, rhymes and neologisms abound. - Goodreads
The outstanding quality of the book is its prose. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Janet - Goodreads

Was drawn to this book because I do love Wayne Johnston's story telling talents and I have been to Biltmore House which was an engineering marvel for its time. A novel based on that location intrigued ... Read full review

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User Review  - Joyce - Goodreads

Certainly not my favourite book by the author. I must say it did intrigue me, I kept reading out of curiosity. Read full review

About the author (2012)

Wayne Johnston was born and raised in the St John's area of Newfoundland. He is the author of five previous novels including The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, which was an international bestseller and will be made into a film. Johnston is also the author of an award-winning and bestselling memoir, Baltimore's Mansion. He lives in Toronto.

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