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The Republic of Nothing

by Lesley Choyce

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literary
list price: $18.99
edition:Paperback
also available: Paperback eBook
category: Fiction
published: 1999
ISBN:9780864922717
imprint: GLE Library
Awards
  • Short-listed, Atlantic Booksellers' Choice Award
  • Winner, Darthmouth Book Award
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Description

The Republic of Nothing opens in the 1950s on Whalebone Island at the moment Everett McQuade decides to commemorate the birth of his son by declaring the island's independence. In this world of deliberate eccentricity, almost anything can happen. A treasure?trove of objects wash up on shore — including a circus elephant, a ship's cargo of exotic furniture and a mysterious raven?haired woman adrift in a lifeboat — and refugees from the outside world find a place where they can cultivate their eccentricities in peace. By the mid?1960s, Whalebone Island begins to succumb to the influences of the outside world. Children attend school on the mainland. Everett McQuade is drawn into provincial politics. Electricity arrives. But even the Vietnam War, the peace movement, and the discovery of uranium mining on the island, cannot destroy the anarchic spirit of Everett McQuade and the citizens of the Republic of Nothing. Drawing upon historical incident and the major political and philosophical currents of the 1960s, Lesley Choyce has created a novel about resilience, independence, and cultivated anarchy in which everything is nothing and nothing is everything.

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Editorial Reviews

"A triple-decker of a yarn shot through with mythic possibilities, it's part fairy tale, part adventure story and part coming-of-age testimonial; it manages to be earnest and absurd, poetic and humorous all at once . . . a pleasure to read." — The Globe and Mail


"A little gem of a story that should be granted its appropriate label as a Canadian version of [Salman Rushdie's] Midnight's Children." — The Montreal Gazette


"An unpredictable universe . . . It's this unpredictability that makes the novel a success." — The Calgary Herald


"The writing is reminiscent, both in wit and sensibility, of Stephen Leacock and Garrison Keillor." — Quill & Quire

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About the Author

Lesley Choyce

Lesley Choyce, who has been teaching English and creative writing for over thirty years, is the author of more than ninety books of literary fiction, short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction and young adult novels. He has won the Dartmouth Book Award, the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the Ann Connor Brimer Award. He has also been short-listed for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humor, the White Pine Award, the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award, the Aurora Award from the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association and, most recently, the Governor General’s Literary Award. He lives in Lawrencetown Beach, Nova Scotia.
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