NCL 4 – As for Me and My House by Sinclair Ross


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As For Me and My House by Sinclair Ross (New Canadian Library N4)

Series One

From the Back Cover:

Long out of print but hailed by critics as one of Canada’s greatest novels, As for Me and My House [by Sinclair Ross] explores life in the drought belt of Saskatchewan. In this two-fold study, Ross describes the barrenness of the West through its varying effects on the consciousness of a man and a woman who long to escape from the taboos of their small prairie town. In its depth of insight this book has become a classic in Canadian literature.


As for Me and My House by Sinclair Ross (New Canadian Library N4)

Series Two

From the Back Cover:

Hailed by critics as one of Canada’s greatest novels, As for Me and My House [by Sinclair Ross] explores life in the drought belt of Saskatchewan. In this two-fold study, Ross describes the barrenness of the West through its varying effects on the consciousness of a man and a woman who long to escape from the taboos of their small prairie town. In its depth of insight this book has become a classic in Canadian literature.


As For Me and My House by Sinclair Ross (New Canadian Library N4)Series Three

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A human drama of hope lost and found, set against the sweeping backdrop of the vast Canadian prairies.

At first Horizon seems like just another small town for the Reverend Philip Bentley and his wife. Gripped by the prairie and by the Depression, it offers the same limited existence of every other town to which the ministry has taken them. Here, as elsewhere, Philip must hide the fact that he takes more pleasure in painting than in an uncertain God. Here, as elsewhere, his wife must disguise her loneliness with the music of her piano. But this time, things are different. In Horizon, there are two people who will ultimately bring great changes into the Bentley’s lives…

Told from the point of view of Philip’s wife, who keeps a journal of the days spent in Horizon, the book creates an intense atmosphere rich with observed detail and vivid, natural imagery. The townspeople and the prairie, the Bentley household and the quiet but bitter conflict within it, all are brought to life with taut, eloquent realism. This is the moving story of two people who love one another but who are prevented–by their own tangled uncertainties–from fully expressing that love until it is almost too late.


As For Me and My House by Sinclair Ross (New Canadian Library) front coverSeries Four

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It’s an immense night out there, wheeling and windy. The lights on the street and in the houses are helpless against the black wetness, little unilluminating glints that might be painted on it. The town seems huddled together, cowering on a high tiny perch, afraid to move lest it topple into the wind.”

The town is Horizon, the setting of Sinclair Ross’s brilliant classic study of life in the Depression era. Hailed by critics as one of Canada’s great novels, AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE [by Sinclair Ross] takes the form of a journal. The unnamed diarist, one of the most complex and arresting characters in contemporary fiction, explores the bittersweet nature of human relationships, of the unspoken bonds that tie people together, and the undercurrents of feeling that often tear them part. Her chronicle creates an intense atmosphere, rich with observed detail and natural imagery.

AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE is a landmark work. It is essential reading for anyone who seeks to understand the scope and power of the Canadian novel.


As for Me and My House by Sinclair Ross (New Canadian Library) front coverSeries Five

From the Back Cover:

It’s an immense night out there, wheeling and windy. The lights on the street and in the houses are helpless against the black wetness, little unilluminating glints that might be painted on it. The town seems huddled together, cowering on a high tiny perch, afraid to move lest it topple into the wind.”

The town is Horizon, the setting of Sinclair Ross’s brilliant classic study of life in the Depression era. Hailed by critics as one of Canada’s great novels, As For Me and My House takes the form of a journal. The unnamed diarist, one of the most complex and arresting characters in contemporary fiction, explores the bittersweet nature of human relationships, of the unspoken bonds that tie people together, and the undercurrents of feeling that often tear them part. Her chronicle creates an intense atmosphere, rich with observed detail and natural imagery.

As For Me and My House [by Sinclair Ross] is a landmark work. It is essential reading for anyone who seeks to understand the scope and power of the Canadian novel.


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