A World Elsewhere

A World Elsewhere

eBook - 2011
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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.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, Alfred A. Knopf Canada,, 2011
ISBN: 9780307399922
0307399923
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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uncommonreader
Sep 18, 2013

This story was loosely inspired by George Vanderbilt and his mansion, Biltmore in North Carolina. It is part mystery (about the death of a child) and partly about lies, love and friendship betrayed. I enjoyed the many anagrams and puns. In some ways, although the relationship between the child and his adopted father was lovingly portrayed, I did not get the point Johnston was making, but still enjoyed reading the book.

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John_M
Jul 19, 2012

another great tale from this accomplished Newfoundland author. As always, he has a cast of unique and engaging characters and a plot that keeps you reading.

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bshokal
Oct 14, 2011

The story kept my attention and was touching in so many ways.

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molly
Oct 08, 2011

I really liked this and it did make the Giller long list.

Cdnbookworm Sep 26, 2011

Read this one in less than a day in two sittings. Wonderful story that kept surprising me.
Set in the late nineteenth century, Landish, a young man from Newfoundland is at Princeton. He is approached for friendship by an extremely wealthy young man, Van, and it changes his life. The two become inseparable at Princeton until one betrays the other.
Landish returns to Newfoundland and refuses to follow in his father's footsteps as a sealing captain, wanting to be a writer instead. He is disowned and shortly thereafter convinced to take on a young boy, who was orphaned as a result of Landish's father's actions. The boy Deacon and Landish struggle to survive, but things become more and more precarious for them. When Van offers them a way out it seems at first an escape, but their new life is as much a difficult one as their early life together was.
A tale of jealousy, friendship, and love, this story resonates with life.

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