Some Great Thing

Jerry McGuinty is a simple, self made builder who claims he can plaster a wall that will change your life Simon Struthers is a disaffected businessman who proves the old adage about money and happiness Together they face the new Ottawa of the seventies brash, bright, and ready for the taking With their different careers and successes, these two strangers seek to carveJerry McGuinty is a simple, self made builder who claims he can plaster a wall that will change your life Simon Struthers is a disaffected businessman who proves the old adage about money and happiness Together they face the new Ottawa of the seventies brash, bright, and ready for the taking With their different careers and successes, these two strangers seek to carve out their own happiness Jerry with his new wife, Simon with his endless affairs and intrigues But love can be suffocated by the drive to succeed, and individuals crushed by greed and progress Only when both men realize what they have to lose will their lives finally intersect, and the story spiral to its astonishing conclusion.
Some Great Thing Jerry McGuinty is a simple self made builder who claims he can plaster a wall that will change your life Simon Struthers is a disaffected businessman who proves the old adage about money and happines

  • Title: Some Great Thing
  • Author: Colin McAdam
  • ISBN: 9780151010288
  • Page: 212
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Some Great Thing”

    1. Finally. I have finished this bloody book. It took me, I think, three weeks. And I can't explain why. It was well written (most of the time), there WAS a storyline, the characters were quite original and should be interesting but for some reason I didn't care at all. Maybe you have to be Canadian to feel this book. Or maybe it was the wrong phase of the Moon. Or who knows. I only became somewhat interested in it around page 230. But I think I can describe the whole experience as 'meh'. Which is [...]

    2. I am stunned at the low ratings on . This is one of the best Canadian novels I have ever read - up with "No Great Mischief" and "The Danger Tree". Not much more that I can say, but I would highly recommend this book.

    3. Really disappointingI think all the glowing reviews must have been for another book.Meandered along about relationships and Canadian property development.Read over 200 pages and just couldn't get onto it.

    4. I picked up this book while in Ottawa for two Canadian dollars (and the way our economy is headed, next week, the looney will be worth more than any George Washington.) Anyhow, it was on the bargain bin at a Chapters there (which is much like Borders in the states only they play Neon Bible in it's entirety. I gave it my good old random passage test which, as any avid reader will be sure to know, means turning to a random page and if the paragraph is worthy, you chance the book. The paragraph I r [...]

    5. I lovd this book! Unusual, energetic, funny, sad. Thought the portrayal of Kathleen particularly poignant, and sort of textbook aroundwomen and alcoholism and what it does to a family. (Hope that wasn't a spoiler! She drinks heavily from p 1.) Great about civil service and Ottawa mandarins - I hope Colin McAdam publishes another book soon.

    6. This book spurred complicated reactions in me. Part of me admires the author for capturing such a raw dialogue between his characters, yet I found it choppy and difficult to follow, and in several instances far too long. It's a great character sketch of some interesting people, however unlikeable they all were to me. I'm glad I read it, but I don't think I'd recommend it to my book friends.

    7. it was a surprisingly good book. I started it and thought the beginning was mediocre, but when I got half way through I was so lost in the connection between characters and how they change into people you never thought they were. I couldn't stop reading it.

    8. I loved this book and I don't really know why. The author's writing was incredible (even if you don't like it) as it completely transports you to another worlda sign of a great book!

    9. Took a while to get interested and for a while it was an enjoyable read. Near the end I found myself skimming pages just to finish.

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