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The Custodian of Paradise

Johnston, Wayne (Book - 2007)
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In the waning days of World War II, Sheilagh Fielding makes her way to a deserted island off the coast of Newfoundland. But she soon comes to suspect another presence: that of a man known only as her Provider, who has shadowed her for twenty years.Against the backdrop of Newfoundland's history and landscape, Fielding is a compelling figure. Taller than most men and striking in spite of her crippled leg, she is both eloquent and subversively funny. Her newspaper columns exposing the foibles and hypocrisies of her native city, St. John's, have made many powerful enemies for her, chief among them the man who fathered her children—twins—when she was fourteen. Only her Provider, however, knows all of Fielding's secrets. Reading group guide included.

Baker & Taylor
Making her way to a deserted island off the coast of Newfoundland in the waning days of World War II, Sheilagh Fielding learns the identity of a man who has shadowed her for twenty years, a finding that coincides with the discovery of the fate of her twin children.

Norton Pub
A Book-of-the-Month Club "Best Novel of 2007."
In the waning days of World War II, Sheilagh Fielding makes her way to a deserted island off the coast of Newfoundland. But she soon comes to suspect another presence: that of a man known only as her Provider, who has shadowed her for twenty years.

Against the backdrop of Newfoundland's history and landscape, Fielding is a compelling figure. Taller than most men and striking in spite of her crippled leg, she is both eloquent and subversively funny. Her newspaper columns exposing the foibles and hypocrisies of her native city, St. John's, have made many powerful enemies for her, chief among them the man who fathered her children—twins—when she was fourteen. Only her Provider, however, knows all of Fielding's secrets. Reading group guide included.

Blackwell North Amer
In the waning days of World War II, Sheilagh Fielding makes her way to an island off the coast of Newfoundland, deserted except for some horses and a pack of wild dogs. But she comes to suspect another presence: that of a man known only as her Provider, who has shadowed her for twenty years, ever since she made a mysterious pilgrimage to her mother's home in New York City.
Against the backdrop of Newfoundland's history and landscape - so memorably evoked in Wayne Johnston's prose - Fielding is a compelling figure. Taller than most men and striking in spite of her crippled leg, she is both eloquent and subversively funny. Her newspaper columns exposing the foibles and hypocrisies of her native city, St. John's, have made many powerful enemies for her, chief among them the man who fathered her children - twins - when she was fourteen. Only her Provider, however, knows all of Sheilagh Fielding's secrets.

Authors: Johnston, Wayne
Statement of Responsibility: Wayne Johnston
Title: The custodian of paradise
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Co., 2007
Edition: 1st American ed
Characteristics: 510 p. ; 25 cm.
Sold by: W. W. Norton & Co
Notes: Originally published: Toronto : A.A. Knopf Canada, 2006
Subject Headings: Women journalists Fiction Newfoundland and Labrador Fiction
Topical Term: Women journalists
LCCN: 2006102234
ISBN: 0393064913
9780393064919
Branch Call Number: FIC J
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So many aspects of the plot are unrealistic and do not fit together.
Tedious.

Nov 19, 2008
  • Hadley rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sheilagh Fielding is one of the greatest creations of Canadian literature: larger than life (literally), witty, reclusive, damaged. A compelling read.

Jan 25, 2008
  • AnamCara rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Johnston took Sheilagh Fielding from his book Colony of Unrequited Dreams and wrote a book around her history. A comment on the times, women in society and society in general. I really great read, hard to put down.

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