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The author of the book: Michael Redhill
ISBN 13: 9780759516540
Language: English
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Edition: Little, Brown and Company
Date of issue: January 10th 2007
ISBN: 0759516545

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"He put it [a recently excavated clay pipe:] into my hand and closed my fingers over it and he said, ‘the past really happened.’”. . . “You held it in your hand. You know something most people don’t.”

(Consolation, 435)


Consolation changed the way I look at Toronto, the city where I live. This was not only because it asked me to imagine things like black bears walking down King St. or a graveyard (in fact, a "necropolis") at the now busy intersection of Yonge and Bloor, which added a vivid, historical layer to these locations; but also because it illustrated that knowing something about how my home city grew from woodland to metropolis is important. Redhill’s book show that a place so full of significance to me, by virtue of its familiarity, was invested with value and meaning by people who died long before I existed. To carry a heightened awareness of this, the idea of the possibility of this, is to experience your city differently.

But Consolation is not just a pean to Toronto and its history. Redhill’s novel also elegantly and movingly explores themes of loss and family. The story's split between two periods facilitates this well. In sections set in the present, the reader slowly collects a portrait of David—an ALS-afflicted father and husband whose academic discovery and death sets the plot in motion—through his grieving family. Each member struggles to define what the absence of David means to them, and, as they go, a picture of David becomes present for the reader. The other sections of the book that take place in 1850s Toronto provide a structural inversion: In 1850s Toronto, it is the father and husband, Jem, that grapples with the absence of his family, who remain in England, a three-week postal delay away. A failing business and loneliness presses him toward new friendships and opportunities, and in creating them Jem gains a deeper understanding of himself.

Similarly elegant symmetries abound in this book as does Redhill’s beautiful, insightful prose. Both work together to illustrate, among other many things, that the connections between past and present are not as faint as we it is sometimes all too easy to precieve them to be.


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Michael Redhill is an American-born Canadian poet, playwright and novelist.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Redhill was raised in the metropolitan Toronto, Ontario area. He pursued one year of study at Indiana University, and then returned to Canada, completing his education at York University and the University of Toronto. He was on the editorial board of Coach House Press from 1993 to 1996, and is currently the publisher and editor of the Canadian literary magazine Brick.

His play, Building Jerusalem, depicts a meeting between Karl Pearson, Augusta Stowe-Gullen, Adelaide Hoodless, and Silas Tertius Rand on New Year's Eve night just prior to the 20th century.


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