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Stones Paperback – 1 Jan 1990

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Timothy Findley is one of Canada's best loved and most enduring writers. He is the author of numerous best-selling novels, short story collections and plays. His awards include the Governor General's Award for Fiction, the Edgar Award, and the Canadian Booksellers Assocation Author of the Year Award. Timothy Findley divides his time betwen his new Stratford, Ontario, home and the south of France. His best-selling novels include The Wars, Not Wanted on the Voyage, Headhunter, and The Telling of Lies. Timothy Findley was born in 1930 in Toronto. As a young man, he studied dance and later, with considerable success, acting. With his third novel, The Wars (1977), Findley received both recognition as a major Canadian writer and the Governor General's Award. During this early stage of his writing career, Findley also wrote scripts for television, radio, and film. Findley's work has been widely translated and he has achieved and international reputation. His awards and honours include the Canadian Authors Association Award, the Order of Canada, and the Trillium Award, and he has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. Colm Feore's understanding of The Piano Man's Daughter brings this story to life. With numerous awards for his stage and film roles, Feore is a classically trained actor and a mainstay of the Stratford Festival stage, Canada's leading Shakespearean company. Feore also appears in feature films and on network television. Recent credits include the role of Legion in Stephen King's Storm of the Century. He has also appeared in The Red Violin, 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould, City of angels, Face Off, Airborne, Critical Care, and Night Falls on Manhattan.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Leaves you wanting more... 2 Jan. 2010
By Laura Duhan Kaplan - Published on
Format: Paperback
This collection of short stories explores the inner lives of people driven by various dark, shameful secrets: compulsion, alcoholism, incest. The writing is excellent. Findley uses both dialogue and narration to let us see the story from the perspective of the protagonist. What we see is that each character is confused about her or his own motivations and choices. Memories, perceptions, beliefs weave together into tapestries with gaping holes. Thus we, the readers, come to understand that we, too, wouldn't have a clue what to do in the character's situation.

The book certainly displays the author's virtuosity as a writer. It includes two pairs of stories that show events from two perspectives: a character in the moment of crisis, and the same character reflecting on a longer chain of events. It explores several different writing techniques. It weaves autobiographical moments from the life of the author into the lives of different characters.

My criticism applies to most of the stories, except for the two where the character reflects on events over time. Each story opens us onto a moment of confusion, madness or sudden clarity. And at the end of the story, we are perched at that moment, wanting to know what happens next. It seems somehow to be a failure of the author (or perhaps the genre of the horror short story) to bring the story to a climax and then abruptly end it, because the author doesn't know where to take the character from there.

Overall, this is a very good read, and one that can teach a reader a lot about writing. I read it in one sitting!
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Throw Stones 5 Mar. 2000
By Tanya Lacey - Published on
Format: Paperback
I believe that "Stones" is one of the lesser known books by Findley, and is somewhat weaker than most of his popular works. "Stones" is made up of multiple stories happening to various Canadian characters. The stories generally take up only one chapter and then you don't hear from those characters again. I enjoyed reading this, but am not always a fan of this type of work. I often find myself attached to a specific story and am then disappointed when it is dropped for another; I find myself wanting to know what else happened. However, it is an interesting collection of characters and an interesting portrait of Canadian life.
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