LL 1 – Two Solitudes by Hugh MacLennan


Two Solitudes by Hugh MacLennan (Laurentian Library 1) front coverTwo Solitudes

From the Back Cover:

No Canadian has come closer to the elusive Great Canadian Novel than Hugh MacLennan. No other Canadian writer in English has risen above the divisions in his country to see as from a great height, but with complete sympathy and sharp detail, the lives of a few individuals working ou the newest stage of their violent history.

Two Solitudes is the story of Athanase Tallard, son of an aristocratic French-Canadian tradition, of Kathleen, his indolent, beautiful Irish wife, of Paul, their son, and Marius, Paul’s step-brother. It is also the story of John Yardly, a retired Nova Scotia sea-captain, his daughter, Janet Meuthuen, who now lives confidently in Montreal society, of her daughters, Daphne and Heather, and Huntly McQueen, one of the richest, most powerful men in the country.

Paul Tallard dominates the book, struggling to establish a balance in himself, trying, among the changing influences of Canada, to find a home for his mind.


Two Solitudes by High MacLennan (Laurentian Library 1) front coverTwo Solitudes (LB) (Variation)

From the Back Cover:

Now a major picture by Lionel Chetwynd starring Jean-Pierre Aumont, Stacy Keach, and Gloria Carlin.

No Canadian has come closer to the elusive Great Canadian Novel than Hugh MacLennan. No other Canadian writer in English has risen above the divisions in his country to see as from a great height, but with complete sympathy and sharp detail, the lives of a few individuals working ou the newest stage of their violent history.

Two Solitudes is the story of Athanase Tallard, son of an aristocratic French-Canadian tradition, of Kathleen, his indolent, Irish wife, and their sons Paul and Marius. It is also the story of John Yardly, a retired Nova Scotia sea-captain, his daughter, Janet Meuthuen, who now lives confidently in Montreal society, of her daughters, Daphne and Heather, and Huntly McQueen, one of the richest, most powerful men in the country.

First published in 1945, MacLennan’s powerful exploration of the theme of two peoples within a single nation has become a Canadian Classic with a contemporary message.


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