A World Elsewhere

Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
A World Elsewhere

Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2011
ISBN: 0307399893
Characteristics: viii, 290 p. ; 24 cm.


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Dec 16, 2014
  • KindianaJones rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Peerless due to his wealth, Van builds his own world elsewhere called Vanderland. Within it's walls he becomes a sinister puppetmaster constantly reinventing the past, manipulating the present and attempting to control the future.

Sep 18, 2013
  • uncommonreader rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This story was loosely inspired by George Vanderbilt and his mansion, Biltmore in North Carolina. It is part mystery (about the death of a child) and partly about lies, love and friendship betrayed. I enjoyed the many anagrams and puns. In some ways, although the relationship between the child and his adopted father was lovingly portrayed, I did not get the point Johnston was making, but still enjoyed reading the book.

Jul 19, 2012
  • John_M rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

another great tale from this accomplished Newfoundland author. As always, he has a cast of unique and engaging characters and a plot that keeps you reading.

Oct 14, 2011
  • bshokal rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The story kept my attention and was touching in so many ways.

Oct 08, 2011

I really liked this and it did make the Giller long list.

Sep 26, 2011
  • Cdnbookworm rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Read this one in less than a day in two sittings. Wonderful story that kept surprising me.
Set in the late nineteenth century, Landish, a young man from Newfoundland is at Princeton. He is approached for friendship by an extremely wealthy young man, Van, and it changes his life. The two become inseparable at Princeton until one betrays the other.
Landish returns to Newfoundland and refuses to follow in his father's footsteps as a sealing captain, wanting to be a writer instead. He is disowned and shortly thereafter convinced to take on a young boy, who was orphaned as a result of Landish's father's actions. The boy Deacon and Landish struggle to survive, but things become more and more precarious for them. When Van offers them a way out it seems at first an escape, but their new life is as much a difficult one as their early life together was.
A tale of jealousy, friendship, and love, this story resonates with life.


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