Voices in Time

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Apr 1, 2011 - Fiction - 316 pages
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In the 1980s the Bureaucracy eliminated all knowledge of the past in the wake of a nuclear holocaust. In 2030 Andr?ervais discovers two metal boxes containing manuscripts, diaries, and other personal papers that have somehow survived and asks an old man, John Wellfleet, to use these documents to discover the past. In doing so, Wellfleet learns the truth about two relatives: his older cousin Timothy Wellfleet, a Montreal TV journalist at the time of the 1970 War Measures Act, and his stepfather, Conrad Dehmel, a German scholar struggling to keep his Jewish fianc?and himself safe from Hitler's Gestapo. Hugh MacLennan skillfully juxtaposes the insanity of life in Nazi Germany, the political climate of Montreal in the 1960s, and the perspective of an old man looking back on the conditions that led to world destruction as the background to an unforgettable love story.
 

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Contents

John Wellfleets story
3
Timothy Wellfleets story as told
35
Conrad Dehmels story as told
129
Conrad Dehmels story as told by himself
145
Conrad Dehmels story as told
177
John Wellfleets story
261
Conrad Dehmels story as told
273
Conrad Dehmels story as told by himself
287
Timothy Wellfleets story as told
327
John Wellfleets story concluded
345
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Born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Hugh MacLennan (1907-1990) taught at McGill University from 1951 to 1981 and wrote novels and essays that helped define Canadian literature. His novels include Barometer Rising (1941), Two Solitudes (1945), Each Man's Son (1951), The Watch That Ends the Night (1959), Return of the Sphinx (1967), and Voices in Time (1980). He also published several nonfiction works, including Cross Country (1949), Thirty and Three (1955), Scotsman's Return and Other Essays (1960), and The Colour of Canada (1967).

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