Julius Winsome : A Novel Paperback
Julius Winsome lives in a cabin in the hunting heartland of the Maine woods, with only his books and his dog for company.
That is until the morning he finds that his dog has been shot dead, and not by accident.
From this starting point, Gerard Donovan weaves an extraordinary tale that explores ideas of revenge and the threat of the wild, but one that is also a tender and heartbreaking paean to lost love.
Narrated by the unforgettable voice of Julius himself - at once compassionate, vulnerable and threatening - it reads like a timeless, lost classic.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 31/05/2007
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780571235360
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Review by silvercowrie
This book has to have been written by someone who knows about dogs and the special relationships that can be formed with them and he certainly knows about solitude and living in a remote situation. Julius Winsome lives alone, with his dog Hobbes, in a book lined cabin in the North Maine Woods, where men with guns go hunting and where his dog was shot dead one day.The story that follows is much more than it’s plot and the sparse prose allows the internal world of the main character and the stark wintery environment that he inhabits have their full impact. We see what the intense grief at the loss of his beloved dog does to this man, and what he does as a result. From the first line, in block capitals, I THINK I HEARD THE SHOT, the writing grips in almost a physical way.This book challenged my emotions in ways that I wouldn’t have expected and was a book that had me thinking long after I finished it.