A Map of Glass

A Map of Glass

Book - 2005
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Weaves two parallel stories, one set in contemporary Toronto and Prince Edward County, Ontario, the other in the nineteenth century on the northern shores of Lake Ontario. Sylvia Bradley feels suffocated by her husband and has an affair with historical geographer Andrew Woodman. A year after Andrew's death, Sylvia makes an unlikely connection with the young man who found Andrew's body. Together they discuss Sylvia's childhood and affair and the tale of Andrew's forebears.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2005
ISBN: 9780771087271
0771087276
9780771087288
Characteristics: 371 p

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GLNovak
Jul 07, 2015

This book seems to be written for book club discussions. Themes abound here - history, nature, spiritualism, the senses, art in all its forms, psychology, relationships, blurred lines between reality and imagined life. My mind was in a bit of a whirl at times. The prose is beautiful but the story it tells is not for everyone. Sylvia Bradley is sheltered from the world, first by her parents and then by her husband, but then she meets Andrew Woodman. The subsequent affair is revealed years later to a young artist who has found Woodman's body in the frozen ice of Georgian Bay. His discovery is reported in the newspapers and Sylvia feels compelled to meet him and tell her story. All we know is what Sylvia relates. I felt I had to suspend my analytical side and just believe that what Sylvia told was real, all the while a small voice niggled at me questioning the whole story.

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John_M
Oct 07, 2010

I felt so good reading this book. It provides incites into the mind of a woman whose behaviour does not meet the expectations of parents and husband, but who brings meaning into the lives of a young artist and a blind woman. This book also provides a portrait of a time when timber resources made families rich. Jane Urquhart has dealt with Canadian history on a very personal level in other novels and always in a way that makes me want to come back for more. I also recommend "Away" and "The Stone Carvers" by her.

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