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Sunday March 28, 2010 in Books
In a Perth County farmhouse some time during the 1930s, a boy named Owen decides to spend the summer putting on plays with the help of his cousins, his grown-up relatives and the neighbourhood children. One of the plays they put on is their adaptation of a Victorian novel, The Saga of Caresfoot Court. In James Reaney’s Listen to the Wind, we watch a double story unfold: we see Owen fighting illness and trying to get his parents back together again; and we see Angela Caresfoot treading her way through a world of evil manor-houses and sinister Lady Eldreds. The two stories intertwine and illuminate each other.
ISBN 13: 9780889220027 | ISBN 10: 889220026
6 W x 9 H inches | 144 pages
$17.95 CAN / $13.95 US
Backlist | Drama | Bisac: DRA013000
QUOTES OF NOTE
Keeps reminding us that the way through our world of sickness and breakdown is play.
— Profiles in Canadian Drama
About the ContributorsJames Reaney
James Reaney was born in 1926 near Stratford, Ontario. Reaney taught at the University of Manitoba and the University of Western Ontario for a total of forty years. He received his doctorate with Northrop Frye. Talonbooks published his plays Colours in the Dark (1969) and Listen to the Wind (1972). In 1975, The St. Nicholas Hotel: the Donnellys Part II won a Chalmers Award. Reaney received the Order of Canada in 1976. He passed away in June 2008.
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