A World Elsewhere

A World Elsewhere

Book - 2011
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Beloved author Wayne Johnston returns to the territory of his #1 national bestseller The Colony of Unrequited Dreams with this sweeping tale of ambition, remorse and hope.

A World Elsewhere has all the hallmarks of Wayne Johnston's most beloved and acclaimed novels: outsiders yearning for acceptance, dreams that threaten to overpower their makers, and unlikely romance. It is an astounding work of literature that questions the loyalties of friends, family and the heart. At the centre of this story is a mystery: the suspected murder of a child. This sweeping tale immerses us in St. John's, Princeton and North Carolina at the close of the nineteenth century. Landish Druken is a formidable figure: broader than most doorways, quick-witted and sharp-tongued. As a student at Princeton, he is befriended by George Vanderluyden, son of one of the wealthiest men in America. Years later, when Landish and his adopted son turn to Vanderluyden for help, he invites them to his self-constructed castle and pulls them into his web of lies and deceit.

Publisher: Toronto : Knopf Canada, 2011
ISBN: 9780307399892
Branch Call Number: JOHNS
Characteristics: 294 p

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uncommonreader
Sep 18, 2013

This story was loosely inspired by George Vanderbilt and his mansion, Biltmore in North Carolina. It is part mystery (about the death of a child) and partly about lies, love and friendship betrayed. I enjoyed the many anagrams and puns. In some ways, although the relationship between the child and his adopted father was lovingly portrayed, I did not get the point Johnston was making, but still enjoyed reading the book.

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John_M
Jul 19, 2012

another great tale from this accomplished Newfoundland author. As always, he has a cast of unique and engaging characters and a plot that keeps you reading.

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bshokal
Oct 14, 2011

The story kept my attention and was touching in so many ways.

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molly
Oct 08, 2011

I really liked this and it did make the Giller long list.

Cdnbookworm Sep 26, 2011

Read this one in less than a day in two sittings. Wonderful story that kept surprising me.
Set in the late nineteenth century, Landish, a young man from Newfoundland is at Princeton. He is approached for friendship by an extremely wealthy young man, Van, and it changes his life. The two become inseparable at Princeton until one betrays the other.
Landish returns to Newfoundland and refuses to follow in his father's footsteps as a sealing captain, wanting to be a writer instead. He is disowned and shortly thereafter convinced to take on a young boy, who was orphaned as a result of Landish's father's actions. The boy Deacon and Landish struggle to survive, but things become more and more precarious for them. When Van offers them a way out it seems at first an escape, but their new life is as much a difficult one as their early life together was.
A tale of jealousy, friendship, and love, this story resonates with life.

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