Some Great Thing

Some Great Thing

Book - 2009
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Mahatma Grafton is a disillusioned university graduate burdened with a famous name, and suffering from the curse of his generation -- a total lack of interest in the state of the world. The son of a retired railway porter from Winnipeg, he returns home for a job as a reporter with The Winnipeg Herald. Soon Mahatma is scoping local stories of murder and mayhem, breaking a promise to himself to avoid writing victim stories.

As Mahatma is unexpectedly drawn into the inflammatory issue of French-language rights in Manitoba, with all its racial side-channels, he is surprised to find that he has a social conscience. Combating his boss's flair for weaving hysteria into his stories, Mahatma learns that to stay afloat he must remain true to himself.

Populated with colourful characters -- including an unlikely welfare crusader, a burned-out fellow reporter, a French-language-rights activist, and a visiting journalist from Cameroon -- Some Great Thing is a fascinating portrait of a major urban newspaper and a deeply perceptive story of one man's coming of age.

Publisher: Winnipeg, Man. : Turnstone Press, 2009.
Copyright Date: ©1992
ISBN: 9781554686940
Branch Call Number: HIL
Characteristics: 309, 17 pages ;,21 cm


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Nov 20, 2011

A 'Winnipeg" story that starts well, but then the plot seems to shift in the middle passages and comes to a weaker ending than I would have liked.

Apr 06, 2011

Enjoyed this story immensely. Humorous look at Canadian social fabric now and yesterday of journalism and black history.l

Oct 27, 2007

Lawrence Hill a local author has a way of weaving history and family stories together. This is the story of a journalist in Manitoba and his search of himself through his family's story.

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