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A Place Called Winter
A Place Called Winter | Patrick Gale
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A privileged elder son, and stammeringly shy, Harry Cane has followed convention at every step. Even the beginnings of an illicit, dangerous affair do little to shake the foundations of his muted existence - until the shock of discovery and the threat of arrest cost him everything. Forced to abandon his wife and child, Harry signs up for emigration to the newly colonised Canadian prairies. Remote and unforgiving, his allotted homestead in a place called Winter is a world away from the golden suburbs of turn-of-the-century Edwardian England. And yet it is here, isolated in a seemingly harsh landscape, under the threat of war, madness and an evil man of undeniable magnetism that the fight for survival will reveal in Harry an inner strength and capacity for love beyond anything he has ever known before. In this exquisite journey of self-discovery, loosely based on a real life family mystery, Patrick Gale has created an epic, intimate human drama, both brutal and breathtaking. It is a novel of secrets, sexuality and, ultimately, of great love.
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JennyM
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Tucked up in bed on my wild Friday night with this gorgeous book. I‘m trying to read it slowly so I can savour it. I think @TrishB put it on my radar, and I could hug you for it. Lovely read 🧡

TrishB I loved Harry ❤️ a heart aching read! 2mo
Cathythoughts He‘s very good. - I think I have this book on kindle ! I‘ve only read one so far & it was brilliant too 2mo
JennyM @TrishB @cathyreads I don‘t want it to end! I will definitely be reading more by him. Thank you for recommending him 😘 2mo
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It took me a long time to read this book. The subject matter is not light, and its heaviness led me to put it down for a while. But it was so good. I don‘t read many stories set in Canada, let alone ones that imagine the world of early 20th Century prairie life (albeit for white settlers), but I really recommend this. The main character experiences very difficult circumstances but his increasing inner strength makes it totally worthwhile. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TrishB I loved this one 👍🏻 3mo
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Blueberry
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Three books I enjoyed set in #Canada and written by Canadian authors.

#LetsTravelJuly @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Cinfhen And I think they are #IndigenousAuthor(s) 4mo
Blueberry Patrick Gale of A Place Called Winter is not. Apparantly he is British so I messed that up also. Lol. I didn't realize indigenous peoples of Canada would not also be referred to as Canadians. Sorry. 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Blueberry no worries my friend!! 😘 4mo
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Libby1
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“‘When a woman dares to accuse a man of... assaulting her person, she is nearly always disgraced by the process. While the man walks free to attack again.‘

‘But why?‘

She laughed bitterly. ‘Oh, so many reasons. Not the least of which that the law is a blind woman and the judge usually an unloved old man...‘”

TrishB Wonderful writing! 9mo
Libby1 @TrishB - this is a beautiful book. Have you read it? I hope to post a review soon. 8mo
TrishB Loved it ❤️ 8mo
Libby1 So glad, @TrishB . It had been on my TBR for ages and I had high hopes. My hopes were not disappointed. 8mo
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Nuwanda
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Top 6 reads for the year!

Cinfhen Two of these are on my #2019TBR 10mo
Reviewsbylola Loved Calypso! 10mo
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TrishB
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Ahhh, my heart is aching for Harry! What a brilliant read....sad, but life affirming eventually and so beautifully written. I guess I‘ve found another author.....

Nebklvr Will check into this author.... 1y
Hollie Stacked! 1y
Cathythoughts Loved Notes From An Exhibition ( your recommendation 👍🏻) will def read this one too. 1y
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TrishB @Cathythoughts that will likely be my next one 👍🏻 1y
Cathythoughts Just got this one ... really looking forward to it. 👍🏻 1y
Libby1 I just finished it and loved it. Oh, my heart. 9mo
TrishB @Libby1 it‘s wonderful isn‘t it ❤️ 9mo
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Beautiful writing and an intriguing story so far.

Cathythoughts Sooo good ! Stacked 1y
rohit-sawant Niice! 1y
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I didn't see Gale‘s writing as lyrical or beautiful. If you happen to read this review, Mr Gale, no offense meant! I promise! However, I found Harry Cale beautiful. I could hear the silence of his solitude. My ears were deafened by it. I believe Harry will haunt me for a very long time. I so much want to sit beside him. I want him to know how much I admire his strength and his sense of honor. I want him to know that he is not alone.

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rmaclean4
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My fist Book Oulet order has arrived!

JoScho I am anxiously awaiting mine! 2y
rmaclean4 It was so fun getting a bunch if books all at once! I can see how this could become an issue very quickly!! 2y
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I was fascinated by Harry's tale and evolution from a sheltered gentleman in England to a tough new settler in Canada. There's something fascinating about the way Gale uses a restraint style to tell a story, which many must have lived. Themes such as class, education, mental health, and especially sexuality are approached and though the last part seems a bit abrupt, it still is a great read and I really enjoyed it.

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ChloeTallis
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Starting this one today! Review for Never Let Me Go coming up when I have the energy!

JillR I loved this! 2y
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Tamra
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A tad melodramatic, though I did appreciate the social & personal struggles of the main character in a historical context. It actually read like two stories, before & after England. I would have liked more linkage between the two, though I suppose that was the point. His family chose none. 😑

shawnmooney I perhaps enjoyed it a little bit more than you did, but I basically agree with your review. :-) 2y
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Tamra
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Up next.

You can see I don't fight the battle about the cat about being on the table. He also watches me cook on the counter. None of us have died from infectious disease or hairballs ..........yet. 😜

Tanzy13 🐱 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Builds up your immune system 👍 2y
Tamra @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled perfect! I figure it's all the dog & cat hair we wear, inhale, eat that keeps us strong. 2y
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Beautifully restrained and understated there's a tender undercurrent to Gale's writing that is so affecting. Harry's story, and the story of so many gay men like (and unlike) him, is heartbreaking. He's a good man and a wonderful character deftly developed by Gale's sure hand and he grows in strength despite all the choices and hardships forced on him. This was my first by Patrick Gale but I will definitely be seeking more

Libby1 This one is currently in Mount TBR! 2y
andrew61 I was lucky enough to see him talk about this book a couple of years ago and he accompanied the talk with a slideshow about his family as much of the story draws on his family history- bizarrely I've not read it yet but my wife loved it. He was an engaging speaker and wonderful writer. 2y
andrew61 Ps id recommend 'notes from an exhibition' 2y
Moray_Reads @andrew61 funny you should mention that because I have it on my shelves! 2y
Lindy I've been wanting to read this. My first (of several) by Gale was 2y
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That's one I've never heard before.

Kristy_K What does that even mean?? 2y
DeborahSmall In Glasgow I've heard 'a bag of spanners' or others that are worse 😂 2y
Moray_Reads @DeborahSmall "bag of spanners" is used in Yorkshire too but I've never heard "bag of knives"! 2y
TrishB Bag of spanners in Liverpool too! 2y
mjdowens 😂😂😂😂. Perfectly fitting description of a coworker. 2y
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Tamra
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Book mail! Yes, I adore prairies and front range. If a book cover has either on it, I'm intrigued.

GabrielleDubois If you adore prairies you should like Mistress Mine's new cover! 😃 2y
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JillR
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Heartbreaking.

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Blueberry
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Not my usual collection of genre's. This was helped along by the #chutesandladderschallenge at #thereadersroom.

@NataliePatalie

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Blueberry
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This was sooo good. Some sad, some happy. Wow.... just finished it. Still processing.
@NataliePatalie #Canada

slhbooks I would pick this up for the cover alone📚📚📚 One GR reviewer rated it 'not enough stars in the world'. Enough said. To the TBR it goes. 3y
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Blueberry
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What I'm reading vs. where I would like to be in my reading. I wouldn't mind the cold book if it wasn't so cold outside (I know it's not as cold tho as most of your places).
@NataliePatalie #TheReadersRoom
#coscaawards #chutesandladderschallenge
#dreamingofawarmerclimate #readJanuary

NataliePatalie It has felt really cold lately :( 3y
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Book_Gnome
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The story itself is wonderful. It's interesting. No, I'm not going to tell you what the novel is all about...you should know by now that's not how I do reviews! What I will tell you is that, no matter how wonderful and interesting the story is/was...Harry Cale, the main character, is even more interesting and wonderful...

I'm telling you...he is going to haunt me for a very long time...

shawnmooney Glad you enjoyed it - I did too! 3y
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Book_Gnome
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Opening line:
"The attendants came for him as a pair, as always."
#Dumbledwarf #bookgnome #openingline #patrickgale #aplacecalledwinter

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shawnmooney
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Despite its offensively vague cover blurb, this novel is in fact about a gay Englishman who homesteads in Saskatchewan in the early 1900s. Just a couple hours from the farm I grew up on, in fact. The British part is overly corseted by novel-of-manners conventions, but the man's Canadian odyssey hooked me: the danger he faced and the love he found rang true. A solid, engaging, well-written novel, one which hit home for me in more ways than one.

ReadingEnvy AND I bet there are not so many novels set in Saskatchewan. I've been collecting books for the year I read Canada. (Who knows when that will be?) 3y
Miznanner I have enjoyed Patrick Gale's novels in the past but they are hard to find-- I will look for this one! 3y
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shawnmooney @ReadingEnvy There's quite a thriving literary scene in Saskatchewan. Quite regional in terms of fame and influence, though, with the possible exception of one of my favorite writers, Sinclair Ross. 3y
ReadingEnvy @shawnmooney Ooh never heard of him, making a note! 3y
Hobbinol Looking forward to reading it. Thanks for passing the baton! 3y
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I grew up near Saskatoon. It's not much of an exaggeration.

LeahBergen Or between Medicine Hat and Regina. SNORE. 3y
shawnmooney @LeahBergen Huh? Are you a fellow stubblejumper? :-) 3y
LeahBergen Well, maybe a "foothiller". Calgary born but the parents and numerous aunts and uncles lived in Manitoba. I did that prairie run a LOT. 3y
shawnmooney @LeahBergen Well, ain't that wonderful! 3y
tpixie Lol. Sounds like a Kansas drive. 3y
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LeahBergen Clever great-grandfather 😏 3y
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The plot thickens!

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Hear hear!

lisakoby 😂 3y
LeahBergen Oooo, that tension. 😬 3y
shawnmooney @LeahBergen Lol. Are you poo-pooing his and my musical-induced anxieties? 3y
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LeahBergen Nope. I have the same anxieties! 😂 3y
shawnmooney @LeahBergen Relatedly, one of my favorite lines (I doubt it's my own creation) is "Sure, I love opera. Except for the singing." :) 3y
LeahBergen Haha!! 👍🏼👍🏼 3y
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shawnmooney
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Hear hear!

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Hobbinol 🙂 I 'be just got to get this book!!! 3y
shawnmooney @Hobbinol Great! I just started in on it on audio (read by the author) yesterday and so far am really enjoying it! 3y
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Book club night! Up for discussion (in between all sorts of other things) is A Place Called Winter, but which of these gems should we choose next? I want to read them all at once...

Jaime Homegoing. 3y
bedandabook In the end we chose The Break @Jaime, but Homegoing is definitely going to be one of my next reads. Have seen so many wonderful Litsy comments about it. 3y
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A heart-rending and thought-provoking story about love in all its forms, this is a tremendously absorbing read which is a story about the consequences of simply falling in love. Set in the 1900's, Harry is forced to leave his family to start a new life as a settler in Canada. "When a thing has always been forbidden and must live in darkness and silence, it's hard to know how it might be, if allowed to thrive."

MrBook Nice pairing I see here 😎👍🏻. And great review! 3y
bedandabook A raspberry Bellini, @MrBook. When teamed with a good book, a hard combination to beat! 3y
Penny_LiteraryHoarders I bought this because I was so anxious for it but still haven't read it! Great to see it's a good one! 3y
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shawnmooney I've been curious about this novel for quite some time – your review has tipped my curiosity over the edge into action – I've just added it to my list – thank you! 3y
MrBook Nice! 😎👌🏻 3y
shawnmooney I am just getting started on this today on audio, read by Gale. So far it's wonderful! 3y
bedandabook What a wonderful way to spend the day, @shawnmooney. Enjoy! 3y
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#augustphotochallenge #daysofaugust #favouriteplacestorelax Bed is definitely my most favourite place to read and I have made it cosy!

Posemn I love reading in bed as well. I love your coziness! 💕 3y
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Penelope
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Personal historical fiction based on authors family history. Sexual awakening, loss, and triumph. Highly recommend.

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Wow. Why did I wait so long to read Patrick Gale? Totally blown away by the beautiful language and imagery - 'hot breakfast rolls as soft and pale as infancy' - I mean ❤️. I became immersed in this world despite it being a million miles away from my own experience in every possible way. Stunning.

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"Nobody came with him to St. Pancras to see him off. Instead, Winnie and Phyllis saw him as far as Strawberry Hill's little station. There Phyllis picked up on the atmosphere, and cried so hard that conversation became impossible and husband and wife were able to part in laughter."

Christine89 Have to wait until after Memorial Day to start this one so that I can use it to fill in the "Set in Canada" square on my BOTNS? Book Bingo card 3y
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