Winter

Winter

Five Windows on the Season

Book - 2011
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The 2011 CBC Massey Lectures celebrates fifty years with bestselling author, essayist, cultural observer, and famed New Yorker contributor Adam Gopnik, whose subject is winter -- the season, the space, the cycle.

Gopnik takes us on an intimate tour of the artists, poets, composers, writers, explorers, scientists, and thinkers, who helped shape a new and modern idea of winter. Here we learn how a poem by William Cowper heralds the arrival of the middle class; how snow science leads to existential questions of God and our place in the world; how the race to the poles marks the human drive to imprint meaning on a blank space. Gopnik's kaleidoscopic work ends in the present day, when he traverses the underground city in Montreal, pondering the future of Northern culture.

nbsp;A stunningly beautiful meditation buoyed by Gopnik's trademark gentle wit, Winter is at once an enchanting homage to an idea of a season and a captivating journey through the modern imagination. This deluxe 50th anniversary edition includes full-colour images printed on two 8-page inserts.

Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : House of Anansi Press, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780887849749
9780887849756
Branch Call Number: 508.2 GOP
Characteristics: xiii, 256 pages :,illustrations (some color) ;,22 cm.

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Sep 06, 2012

It's an excellent book, for the most part. However, even though I love watching hockey as much as the next hockey fan, I don't particularly want to read a chapter dedicated to intellectualizing it (especially not in a book that is about winter, not sports alone). So, be prepared to trudge through the chapter on hockey if you're not a huge fan.

readtoday Nov 17, 2011

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