NCL 78 – Mad Shadows by Marie-Claire Blais


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Mad Shadows  was not included in Series One.


Mad Shadows by Marie-Claire Blais (New Canadian Library N78)

Series Two

From the Back Cover:

This astonishing first novel caused a sensation when it was first printed in 1960. A powerful and macabre study of the conflict between beauty and ugliness, hate and love. Mad Shadows revolves around three main characters. At the centre of a shadowy dream-landscape, a beautiful but mindless youth stands gazing at an image in the water. Around him move his ugly sister and his frivolous mother, the first lost in love and hatred for her brother’s beauty, the second seeing it as an added ornament for herself.

Into this small, obsessed universe come a blind boy and an elegant fop from the outside world. At once the pattern breaks and events move forward into a ferocious denouement which Emily Bronte might well have envied. [Marie-Claire Blais]


Mad Shadows by Marie-Claire Blais (New Canadian Library N78) front coverSeries Three

From the Back Cover:

“.. fantastic, macabre, exciting and wonderful…a passionate book…” Vancouver Sun

This astonishing first novel caused a sensation when it first appeared, and capitulated its French-Canadian author to instant literary stardom. “Marie-Claire Blais has a talent on the fringe of genius,” wrote the Globe and Mail – an opinion well confirmed by her subsequent novels, including The Wolf, David Sterne and A Literary Affair.

Mad Shadows is a powerful study of the conflict between beauty and ugliness, hate and love. The story revolves around three main characters. At the centre, a beautiful but mindless youth stands gazing at his image in the water. Around him move his ugly sister and his frivolous mother, the first lost in love and hatred for her brother’s beauty, the second seeing it as an adornment for herself.

Into this small, obsessed universe come a blind boy and an elegant fop from the outside world. At once the pattern breaks and events move forward into a terrifying denouement.


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