A World Elsewhere

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Jonathan Cape, 2012 - Adoption - 294 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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User Review  - LibraryCin - LibraryThing

Landish Druken is from Newfoundland and, while attending Princeton, meets George Vanderluyden. They have a falling out, but years later, Vanderluyden has since built a mansion, is married, and has a ... Read full review

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User Review  - sashakristyana - LibraryThing

This book was witty and it treated the business of life in the book with humour. Although it is not the best writing I have read, it was a good read, and the story was heartwarming. It took place in Newfoundland and North Carolina in the late 1890's . Read full review

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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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