NCL 80 – The Luck of Ginger Coffey by Brian Moore


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The Luck of Ginger Coffey  was not included in Series One.


The Luck of Ginger Coffey by Brian Moore (New Canadian Library's N80)

Series Two

From the Back Cover:

Any good Irishman will tell you there are but two kinds of people on God’s good earth: “the Irish, and them that wish they were.” If there is any truth in that ancient Irish boast, perhaps it helps explain why there’s a little bit of Ginger Coffey in all of us. The Luck of Ginger Coffey is the robust, funny, sometimes tragic tale of one unforgettable Irish immigrant to Montreal. Jobs are scarce, people often inhuman, Ginger’s marriage teeters, and odds against him multiply like monsters in a ghoulish nightmare. But for Ginger Coffey, dreams of fame and fortune never die. In spite of the battering he receives in his struggle for survival, he emerges a real hero – the “little” man who can be defeated by everything, except life itself.

For Brian Moore, The Luck of Ginger Coffey won a Governor General’s Award, A Canada Council Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the National Institute of Arts and Letters Award of 1962.


The Luck of Ginger Coffey by Brian Moore (New Canadian Library) front coverSeries Four

From the Back Cover:

“No, for wasn’t this the chance he had always wanted? Wasn’t he at long last an adventurer, a man who had gambled all on one horse, a horse coloured Canada, which now by hook or by crook would carry him to fame and fortune?”

Meet Ginger Coffey, the irrepressible fortune-hunter of Brian Moore’s award-winning novel, THE LUCK OF GINGER COFFEY is the robust, funny, sometimes tragic tale of one unforgettable Irish immigrant to Montreal. Buoyed by unfailing optimism, Ginger confronts the ugly realities of life in the New World. Jobs are scarce, people often inhuman. And dreams of glory do not offer any lasting escape from the hard pinch of poverty.

In spite of the battering he receives in his struggle for survival, Ginger Coffey emerges a true hero – the “little man who can be defeated by anything, except life itself.

THE LUCK OF GINGER COFFEY was awarded the Governor General’s Award for Fiction in 1960 and was made into a critically acclaimed motion picture.

“One of the master craftsmen of the modern novel.” – The Globe and Mail


The Luck of Ginger Coffey by Brian Moore (New Canadian Library) front coverSeries Six

From the Back Cover:

With only fifteen dollars to his name, Ginger Coffey is still optimistic about his chances of making it big. From dead-end jobs to a marriage coming apart at the seams, the harsh realities of life can never dent this luckless Irish immigrant’s dream of moving up in the world – or his heroic struggle to keep hold of the people he loves most. The Luck of Ginger Coffey is a funny, compassionate, and unforgettable story, and one of the finest novels from a writer once described by Graham Greene as “my favourite living novelist.” [Brian Moore]

“One of the master craftsmen of the modern novel.” – Globe and Mail


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