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The Heavy Bear What happens when a respectable middle aged father teacher and writer decides one day to abandon his ordinary routine and embark on an unexpected journey toward an unknowable fate following the ghos

  • Title: The Heavy Bear
  • Author: Tim Bowling
  • ISBN: 9781928088325
  • Page: 174
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Heavy Bear By Tim Bowling, What happens when a respectable middle aged father, teacher and writer decides one day to abandon his ordinary routine and embark on an unexpected journey toward an unknowable fate, following the ghost of Buster Keaton and a vision of a bear In Tim Bowling s fifth novel, The Heavy Bear, the main character a sort of contemporary version of Joyce s Leopold Bloom who justWhat happens when a respectable middle aged father, teacher and writer decides one day to abandon his ordinary routine and embark on an unexpected journey toward an unknowable fate, following the ghost of Buster Keaton and a vision of a bear In Tim Bowling s fifth novel, The Heavy Bear, the main character a sort of contemporary version of Joyce s Leopold Bloom who just happens to be named Tim Bowling spends an intense late summer day in downtown Edmonton Haunted by the slender sadness of the world, and unable to face his afternoon class, Tim Bowling finds himself pulled into an escapade revolving around an antique toy, a capuchin monkey and a young student our narrator likens to Pippi Longstocking Accompanied by the shade of the silent film star Buster Keaton, and the bear shaped spirit of the American poet Del Schwartz, Bowling s Tim Bowling must confront, with equal parts humour and sincerity, a fundamental problem of our age how to make and maintain human connections in a world that seems intent on destroying them

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    1. The heavy bear who went with me sat cowed and compliant on the cement, like a collared creature from the Elizabethan age who no longer rose to the bait I blinked and blinked, willing the image away But it wouldn t go and somehow I knew I had added one ghostly companion to my day, one sensory overload, a heavy bear who, quite naturally, smelled of forest fires and rotting salmon I decided to name him Del.I picked up The Heavy Bear because it featured on a couple of must read new Canadian books [...]

    2. Really lovely Bowling, who is a well respected poet, brings his talent for writing beautiful sentences to the novel, with delightful results The story of a man named Tim Bowling yes, the author names the protagonist after himself at the author s age 50 , questioning meaning as he wanders the streets haunted by the ghosts of the past century, embodied by Buster Keaton and Del Schwartz And a girl And a monkey You can see what sort of book this is, can t you Now, I m not entirely sure this book wil [...]

    3. Thanks to the publisher Wolsak and Wynn for an advance copy of this book This new offering from Edmonton poet and novelist Tim Bowling is a strange, delightful, and melancholy novel It reads, not entirely as fiction, but also as a mini biography on the silent film star director Buster Keaton, and as a critique on film, poetry, late capitalist society, and modern technological malaise As a novel, it leans toward the postmodern with a protagonist who shares the name of the author, and a nod to the [...]

    4. I won an advanced reading copy of this book from the publisher as part of the Giveways.Tim, a middle aged college professor, cancels his afternoon class one day and spends and extraordinary day wandering around Edmonton accompanied by a transparent horse toy, a monkey, a young student, the ghost of Buster Keaton and the bear spirit of American poel Del Schwartz This was a bit of a quirky read and the book s blurb describes Tim as a sort of Leopold Bloom from James Joyces Ulysees However I never [...]

    5. This book is just like what I would have produced if I d written a book in my 20s during university heavily researched sections on a topic tangentially related to the storyline, some cheeky grammar related quips, a melodramatic outlook on myself, my life, and the state of the world, and framing that melodrama as authenticity rather than a poorly managed mental health problem.However, I was inspired to look up and watch the entire Buster Keaton Sherlock, Jr film, and there were some delightful tu [...]

    6. A tale of existential crisis wrapped in a slapstick caper, The Heavy Bear doubles as a dual biography of Buster Keaton and Del Schwartz, and then triples as a philosophy class, perhaps called Can We Ever Return This is a deeply strange and wonderful book that inspired me to watch two silent films, and read an essay on Dumpster diving Bowling writes beautiful sentences Plus there s a monkey.

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