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“In the whole of Canadian literature there is nothing comparable to this remarkable novel.” says R. E. Watters, in his introduction to A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder”… [it] successfully combines the features of a satirical ant-utopian commentary on contemporary life with a swiftly-paced romance and fantastic adventure.”
Certainly this unique book can be enjoyed at many levels. There are the incredible adventures of Adam More, in the land of the Koselin, his romance with the beautiful Almah, his slow realization of the terrible truth about the charming Kosekin themselves, the means by which he and Almah finally effect their escape. There is the fascinating counterpoint of the reactions of the four men who discover Adam’s manuscript. And lastly there is the shock of discovery which comes when, as Watters says, De Mille “compels us to scrutinize afresh all aspects of man’s social and personal life, and the values by which we live.” Mr. Watters’ excellent introduction does much to add to our appreciation of the book. [James De Mille]
From the Back Cover:
“In the whole of Canadian literature there is nothing comparable to this remarkable novel.” – R. E. Watters
One of the most delightful and absorbing book to be included in the New Canadian Library, A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder was first published in 1888, the work of a little-known university professor and author named James De Mille. The novel’s reputation as a flawless model of social satire and ironic humour, a fantasy adventure to rival the best Jules Verne, has been confirmed by generations of readers and it is now regarded as a classic.
De Mille sweeps the reader up and carries him off to an incredible, utopian land, a marvellous place where nothing is as it seems, and even love is turned upside down. A high-spirited, non-stop adventure, this provocative novel is also a fully contemporary scrutiny of our own society and the values we live by.
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