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Author Name:    NOWLAN, Alden

Title:   Various Persons Named Kevin O'Brien. First Edition in dustjacket

Publisher:    Clarke Irwin, Toronto / Vancouver, 1973, ISBN:0772005885 

Seller ID:   115690

NOWLAN, Alden. Various Persons Named Kevin O'Brien: A fictional memoir. Toronto / Vancouver : Clarke Irwin & Company Limited, 1973. Pp (12),1-143,(5).First Printing. 8vo, black cloth, gilt lettering to spine. Alden Albert No wlan (b. January 25, 1933, Stanley, Nova Scotia – d. June 27, 1983, Fredericton, New Brunswick). Laugher p. 422. "Various Persons Named Kevin O'Brien is a poignant, compassionate first novel by one of Canada's leading poets. Returning to the isolated Maritime village of his childhood, Kevin O'Brien finds himself drawn deeply into the world of his past. In the confining rural atmosphere which he haa once sought to escape, he relives the lonelinessof a boy yearning for understanding, and the desperate shyness of an intro spective youth. Impressionistic episodes are reflected vividly through the eyes of Kevin as boy, adolescent and man—his dying grandmother entertainingDeath with baway songs, vicious childhood games conceived in the warmonger ing spirit of the forties, his nonchalant seduction and quick betrayal, or the wild rebellion of his sister. Gradually, as past and present fuse, there comes a new awareness of his involvement in the closp-knit, parochial community. The richness of Alden Nowlan's expression brings to his novel the rare insight and humour that make his poetry so important. The honesty and breadth of sympathy, for which, in his short stories, he has been compared to Chekhov, are even more evident in this strong, clear portrait of the uncompromising life of his Maritime village." (fromthe dj). Very good in lightly rubbed and edgeworn, but unclipped dustjacket. 100.00


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