Like a tourist visiting his own life, David Gilmour’s narrator journeys in time to reexamine those critical moments that created him. He revisits the terrible hurt of a first love, the shock of a parent’s suicide, the trauma of a best friend’s bizarre dissembling, and the pain and humiliation of unrelenting jealousy, among other rites of passage. Set within an episodic narrative arc stories about the profound effect of Tolstoy, of theBeatles, of the cult of celebrity, of the delusion of drugs, and of the literary life on the winding road of the narrator’s progress. This compelling and deeply interesting picaresque novel is a creative tour de force from the hand of one of our master storytellers.
The Perfect Order of Thingsbreaks new fictional ground and is an astonishing story of a life lived fully and with breathtaking passion. David Gilmour is a novelist who has earned critical praise from literary figures as diverse as William Burroughs and Northrop Frye, and from publications as different as theNew York TimestoPeople magazine.
The author of six novels, he also hosted the award-winning Gilmour on the Arts. In 2005, his novelA Perfect Night to Go to Chinawon the Governor General’s Award for Fiction. His next book,The Film Club, was a finalist for the 2008 Charles Taylor Prize. It became an international bestseller, and has sold over 200,000 copies in Germany and over 100,000 copies in Brazil. He lives in Toronto with his wife.
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For those readers who first encountered Gilmour through The Film Club, The Perfect Order of Things offers a condensed and compelling overview of his career. But those familiar with Gilmour’s earlier novels may be disappointed.Read Full Review of The Perfect Order of Things | See more reviews from National Post arts