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Author: Hugh MacLennan
ISBN13: 978-0773673434
Title: The watch that ends the night (New press Canadian classics)
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Publisher: Stoddart (1998)
Pages: 373

The watch that ends the night (New press Canadian classics) by Hugh MacLennan

1936 Hugh MacLennan and Dorothy Duncan are married on 22 June in Wilmette, Illinois, returning via Boston and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, to settle in Montreal. MacLennan’s declared project is to write a novel of Canadian life in the years 1917–40. Announcement of the fellowship generates a series of letters from American publishers (. Lippincott; Doubleday, Doran; Houghton, Miffin) expressing interest in publishing his next novel. First published in April 1959, The Watch That Ends the Night (hereafter The Watch) is regarded as Hugh MacLennan’s finest artistic achievement. Written over a period of seven years, the novel was slow to develop and take shape, serving as a test of MacLennan’s skills as a novelist and a challenge to his faith and endurance as a man.

The Watch That Ends the Night is a novel by Canadian author and academic Hugh MacLennan. The title refers to a line in Psalm 90. It was first published in 1958 by Macmillan of Canada.

Much of, The Watch the Ends the Night, is quite dry, but it contains the most Canadian thing I've ever read, a Hugh MacLennan, one of the only Nova Scotian authors to gain widespread recognition writes what seems deeply imbued with personal experience. It was delightful to read such evocative passages of these familiar streets but I believe I may be biased in that

In his fifth book MacLennan has gained a new mastery over the two strongest elements in his work: the storytellers and the self-explorer are one. The effect is virtually to double his stature. The Canadian novel takes a great stride forward. The Watch That Ends the Night is a novel of affirmation. The vanity of human wishes, death itself, are part of the mystery to be loved. The narrator of The Watch that Ends the Night is, well, very Canadian. And a lot like me. Which made it much easier to identify with him.

The watch that ends the night (New press Canadian classics): ISBN 9780773673434 (978-0-7736-7343-4) Softcover, Stoddart, 1998. Founded in 1997, BookFinder. Learn More at LibraryThing. Hugh Maclennan at LibraryThing.

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Hugh MacLennan, Canadian Writer. Recipient Governor-General's award for Fiction, 1945, 48, 59, and Non-Fiction, 1949, 54, Lorne Pierce Gold medal for literature Royal Society Canada, 1952, Royal Bank award 1984, James Madison medal Princeton University, 1987. Fellow Royal Society Canada (associate 1953). Barometer Rising (Canadian Literary Classics Large Print Library) ) Penelope Wain believes that her lover, Neil Macrae, has been killed while serving overseas under her father ) The watch that ends the night.

McGill-Queen's University Press. The Watch that Ends the Night. In his fifth book MacLennan has gained a new mastery over the two strongest elements in his work: the storytellers and the self-explorer are one.

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Reviews: 7
I became familiar with this book recently because of the Tragically Hip song "Courage" which uses a quote from this book in the lyrics. I'm glad I gave the book a try. It is an enjoyable, thoughtful read that paints a vivid picture of Canada and reflects on what are the most important issues in life when one is confronted with death.

The story is set during the during the Depression and WW2 in Montreal, and it involves the lives of a married couple, George and Katherine, and the wife's first husband, Jerome, who was presumed dead after being tortured by the Nazis. MacLennan is very successful at portraying George's mixed emotions about Jerome's return to Montreal. Jerome has had a profound positive influence on George's adult life, but George also fears for his wife's health, and his marriage. MacLennan is very knowledgeable about the social structure of Montreal, and is excellent at describing rural Canada, and urban Montreal.

The Watch that Ends the Night taught me a lot about Canada, and I plan on reading Two Solitudes to learn even more.
I first read this book decades ago, and it remains a favorite. The book makes dramatic use of the beautifully described setting of post-WWII Canada, the range of fully developed vivid characters, and a plot with twists and turns that makes all the characters in the book confront and come to terms with who and what they were -- and the decisions they made -- in the tumult of the war years. And The Watch That Ends the Night is the reason I have a daughter named "Sally." I came away from MacLennan's book with the sense that it was the perfect name for a strong clear-eyed young girl who -- no matter what kind of decisions her parents had made in the past -- would be able to take on whatever the future had in store for her and for Canada with realism and joy.
This is an outstanding look into the people of depression era Canada as they face the prospects of social change and another World War. Characters are very well developed and speak with clear voices to the reader. The author has the gift of a broad vocabulary which he shares in at times brilliant ways. His power of scene description is so strong you can smell the location.
I came upon this book by accident and am so glad I did.
Parts of the book were in such poor condition that some passages were difficult to read. Pages were "aged" (to be kind) and at least one falling out (and fell out actually).

However, Amazon.com responded to my report totally, and to my completely satisfaction. Thank you Amazon.com.
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This novel is so many things. It's a tremendous love story, It's a story about a Canadian city (Montreal) as it was in the 1930's and 1940's. It's a story of loss, betrayal and abandonment. It's a story about the internal strength and resliency of the human spirit. It is also a story of Canada written by an author who truly loved this country of ours. The story is tragic and hopeful at the same time. It left me with a feeling of loss at the end when the narrative of the three main characters comes to its ineveitable end. Jerome, Catherine and George will reamin with me for a time, as so often happens with wonderful books written by a master as Hugh MacLennan was. Not quite the book that Two Solitudes is, but I'm glad that I took the time to read it. Hugh's love and understanding of Canada and the people who live here was quite remarkable, and reading one of his books makes me prouder than ever to be a Canadian.
This is a very interesting book on two main counts, it describes the political climate amongst the intelligentsia in ther 1930's and it also offers a glimpse of what Montreal was like during the great depression.
Hugh Mclennon was a Montreal author, originally from Nova Scotia whoe was also a distinguished classics teacher teaching in Mcgill University.
The story is basically the relationship between Jerome Martell, a Monreal surgeon and his alter ego. George. Both are in love with the same women Catherine. Catherine is George's childhood friend who eventually marries Jerome then a successful surgeon. Jerome is someone from a modest background who had fought in WW1 and was notably damaged by his experience. He is a somewhat heroic charecter loosely based on Dr. Norman Bethune. At first he is happy with Catherine who is barely clinging to life with a damaged heart. However when Jerome becomes politically active, the relationship deteriorates and he abandons Catherine and their daughter Sally and goes off to fight on the Republican side in thr Spanish Civil War. He eventually disappears and is presumed dead. Catherine then turns to her old friend George and they marry. Jerome reappears twelve years later at the height of the Korean War and Catherine nearly dies of shock when she meets her ex husband.
The stregnth of the book is the descrition of St.Catherine Street, the main Montreal thoroughfare during the thirties with its unemployed crowds shuffling aimlessly. It is also good in the social ferment, in particular between the commuunist and the right wing French Canadians. Mclennon tries to use Jerome as a political everyman showing how devotion to a cause though well intentioned leads only to misery all around. He does this very well. In style the book sometimes reminds me of a Canadian Hemingway with occasional touches of A.J. Cronin. The weakness of the book is the sometimes unconvincing dialogue and the sketchy portraits of the female charecters. In summary this is a very informed and entertaining novel.
I found this a very good book. Hugh Maclennan described each character very well to the point where i felt that i was part of the characters' lives. It was enjoyable to read what Montreal was like then and compare it to Montreal today, and read about the same streets that i walk on almost every day (I live in Montreal). In all, a good book.
Very interesting book. Takes you back to the time when the "in" thing to do was to go off and fight for a noble cause. Contains the piece of the Tragically Hip sound "Courage" in it. A bit difficult to get into but once you do, you're captured.