NCL 54 – The Double Hook by Sheila Watson


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The Double Hook by Sheila Watson (New Canadian Library N54) front coverSeries One

From the Back Cover:

This compelling and imaginative first novel with its local in the Rockies introduced an original talent to the Canadian literary scene. Sheila Watson writes with extreme economy and directness about the complexities of human relationships. Her sharply experimental approach to the novelist’s craft has resulted in an unusual pattern of composition that immediately strikes the eye. No less striking are the stark reality of the images evoked and the austere beauty of the prose.


The Double Hook by Sheila Watson (New Canadian Library N54)

Series Two

From the Back Cover:

This compelling and imaginative first novel with its local in the Rockies introduced an original talent to the Canadian literary scene. Sheila Watson writes with extreme economy and directness about the complexities of human relationships. Her sharply experimental approach to the novelist’s craft has resulted in an unusual pattern of composition that immediately strikes the eye. No less striking are the stark reality of the images evoked and the austere beauty of the prose.


The Double Hook by Sheila Watson (New Canadian Library N54)Series Three

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“…wonderfully sustained and true…remarkable…” – Robert Fulford

“…a novel worthy of great praise.” – Edmonton Journal

This compelling and imaginative novel introduced a truly original talent to the Canadian literary scene. First published in 1959, it was acclaimed by Canadian Forum as “complex artistry…(it) achieves the kind of universality that is characteristic of Joyce’s Ulysses.”

Sheila Watson’s work about the complexities of human relationships within one memorable family is set in the Canadian Rockies. Written with extreme economy of prose, the strikingly experimental novel is unlike ant other in Canadian literature. The images evoked, the austere beauty of the writing and the unforgettable characters who emerge from this book create a unique reading experience.


The Double Hook by Sheila Watson (New Canadian Library) front coverSeries Five

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“He doesn’t know you can’t catch glory on a hook and hold on to it. That when you fish for the glory, you catch the darkness too. That if you hook twice the glory you hook twice the fear…”

In spare, allusive prose, Sheila Watson charts the destiny of a small, tightly knit community nestled in the British Columbia interior. Here, among the hills of Cariboo country, men and women are caught upon the double hook of existence, unaware that the flight from danger and the search for glory are both part of the same journey. In Watson’s compelling novel, cruelty and kindness, betrayal and faith, shape a pattern of enduring human significance.


The Double Hook by Sheila Watson (New Canadian Library) front coverSeries Six

From the Back Cover:

“He doesn’t know you can’t catch glory on a hook and hold on to it. That when you fish for the glory you catch the darkness too. That if you hook twice the glory you hook twice the fear.”

In spare, allusive prose, Sheila Watson charts the destiny of a small, tightly knit community nestled in the British Columbia interior. Here, among the hills of Cariboo country, men and women are caught upon the double hook of existence, unaware that the flight from danger and the search for glory are both part of the same journey. In Watson’s compelling novel, cruelty and kindness, betrayal and faith, shape a pattern of enduring human significance.

Sheila Watson’s writing is immeasurably important to our culture.” – George Bowering


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