Waiting for Columbus

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McClelland & Stewart, 2009 - Fiction - 400 pages
17 Reviews
Highly acclaimed Canadian novelist Thomas Trofimuk bursts onto the international literary stage with this dazzling novel, rich with all the emotional intensity of The English Patient.

In a Spanish mental institution in 2004, a man who believes he is Christopher Columbus begins to tell his story. Nurse Consuela listens, hoping to discover what tragedy drove this educated, cultured man to retreat from reality. This Columbus is not heroic: he falls in love with every woman he meets, and, on land, he has absolutely no sense of direction. More troublingly, he is convinced a terrible tragedy is coming. Yet with each tale, Consuela draws closer to this lost navigator.

Waiting for Columbus is richly imagined, cinematic, and often playful; a novel about truth, loss, love, and hope by a writer at the height of his powers.

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User Review  - LynnB - LibraryThing

This book is partly a mystery -- who is this man who believes he is Christopher Columbus, and why are the police looking for him? It is also an exploration of how we deal with trauma. The setting is ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tracey8824 - LibraryThing

This story of a man who believes he is Christopher Columbus and the people he touches at the insane asylum is wonderful. I could not get enough of this book, right up until end. You wonder if you're ever going to find out who he really is and what happened to him. This is an amazing book. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Thomas Trofimuk's first novel, The 52nd Poem, won several awards, and his second, Doubting Yourself to the Bone, was a #1 bestseller (Edmonton Journal) and a Globe and Mail Best Book of 2006. He lives in Edmonton with his wife and daughter.

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