A World Elsewhere by Wayne Johnston

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These concerns emerge from a narrative written with Johnston’s accustomed verve and humour. The wordplay is another question. Some will like it. Others will not like it so much, but I doubt anyone would be so put off by it that he or she can’t enjoy the tale.
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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 is an astounding work of literature with 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. The beating heart of this story is the touching relationship between a father and his adopted son. This sweeping tale immerses us in St. John's, Princeton and North Carolina at the close of the 19th 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 Padgett "Van" Vanderluyden, son of the wealthiest man in America. Years later, when Landish and his son turn to Van for help, he invites them to his self-constructed castle and pulls them into his web of lies and deceit.

 

About Wayne Johnston

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Wayne Johnston was born and raised in the St John's area of Newfoundland. He is the author of five previous novels including The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, which was an international bestseller and will be made into a film. Johnston is also the author of an award-winning and bestselling memoir, Baltimore's Mansion. He lives in Toronto.
 
Published January 1, 2012 by Vintage Publishing. 320 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Alfred Hickling on Aug 16 2013

The wordplay can feel overwrought: "I'm more of a startist than an artist. I was once a starving artist but am now a raving startist."

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Reviewed by Philip Marchand on Aug 12 2011

These concerns emerge from a narrative written with Johnston’s accustomed verve and humour. The wordplay is another question. Some will like it. Others will not like it so much, but I doubt anyone would be so put off by it that he or she can’t enjoy the tale.

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