NCL 8 – Barometer Rising by Hugh MacLennan


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Baromete Rising by Hugh MacLennan (New Canadian Library N8) front coverSeries One

From the Back Cover:

Halifax during World War I is the setting for Barometer Rising, considered by many to be Hugh MacLennan’s finest novel. The search by a young soldier for the only man who can clear him of a court-martial conviction for dereliction of duty, a tender love story, and a bitter father-son conflict are the main themes in this powerful novel which rises to its climax during the dreadful Halifax explosion of 1917.


Barometer Rising by Hugh MacLennan (New Canadian Library N8)

Series Two

From the Back Cover:

Halifax during World War I is the setting for Barometer Rising, considered by many to be Hugh MacLennan’s finest novel. The search by a young soldier for the only man who can clear him of a court-martial conviction for dereliction of duty, a tender love story, and a bitter father-son conflict are the main themes in this powerful novel which rises to its climax during the dreadful Halifax explosion of 1917.


Barometer Rising by Hugh MacLennan (New Canadian Library N8)Series Three

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Hugh MacLennan’s first novel–a story of betrayal and retribution as dramatic as the devastating historical disaster that is recreated in its pages.

It is 1917, and the horrors of World War One are dragging on through yet another winter. As far as Penelope Wain knows, her lover, Neil Macrae, is already dead–killed in action while serving under her father. That he died apparently in disgrace does not alter her love for him, even though her father is one of the most insistent believers in his guilt. Unaware that the small daughter of relatives is actually the child of Penny and Neil, medical officer Angus Murray wants to marry her…But what no one realizes is that Neil Macrae is not really dead. Dreadfully wronged, he is finally returning to Halifax to clear his name.

All the skill of a master writer goes into this tale of a soldier’s return. Tension builds as Neil strives to contact the woman he loves and the one man he knows can provide proof of his innocence. And all the while, another tragic event is taking shape in time: the collision of the munitions ship Mont Blanc with the vessel Imo in the city’s harbour–and the catastrophic Halifax Explosion of Thursday, December 6, 1917. [Hugh MacLennan]


Barometer Rising by Hugh MacLennan (New Canadian Library) front coverSeries Four

From the Back Cover:

It is 1917, and the nightmare of World War One are dragging on through yet another winter. As far as Penelope Wain knows, her lover, Neil Macrae, is already dead–killed in action while serving overseas under her father. That he died apparently in disgrace does not alter her love for him, even though her father is one of the most insistent believers in his guilt. But what neither Penelope nor her father knows is that Neil Macrae is not dead, but has returned to Halifax to clear his name.

Barometer Rising, Hugh MacLennan’s first novel, is a compelling romance set against the horrors of wartime and the catastrophic Halifax Explosion of Thursday, December 6th, 1917.


Barometer Rising by Hugh MacLennan (New Canadian Library) front coverSeries Five

From the Back Cover:

It is 1917, and the nightmare of World War One are dragging on through yet another winter. As far as Penelope Wain knows, her lover, Neil Macrae, is already dead–killed in action while serving overseas under her father. That he died apparently in disgrace does not alter her love for him, even though her father is one of the most insistent believers in his guilt. But what neither Penelope nor her father knows is that Neil Macrae is not dead, but has returned to Halifax to clear his name.

Barometer Rising, Hugh MacLennan’s first novel, is a compelling romance set against the horrors of wartime and the catastrophic Halifax Explosion of Thursday, December 6th, 1917.


Barometer Rising by Hugh MacLennan (New Canadian Library) front coverSeries Six

From the Back Cover:

In the winter of 1917, Penelope Wain is convinced her lover, Neil Macrae, is dead – killed in action while serving overseas. That he apparently died in disgrace does not alter her love for the soldier, who, unbeknownst to her, has returned to Halifax to clear his name, only days before a catastrophic explosion in the Harbour will forever change their lives. [Hugh MacLennan]

“Illuminating and moving.” – Globe and Mail


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2 thoughts on “NCL 8 – Barometer Rising by Hugh MacLennan

  1. My copy of Barometer Rising in Series 6 Trade has vertical stripes in light beige and dark beige. Could be a later printing. ….Bob Soper

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