The Bird Artist
Howard Norman's The Bird Artist, the first book of his Canadian trilogy, begins in 1911. Its narrator, Fabian Vas is a bird artist: He draws and paints the birds of Witless Bay, his remote Newfoundland coastal village home. In the first paragraph of his tale Fabian reveals that he has murdered... show more
Howard Norman's The Bird Artist, the first book of his Canadian trilogy, begins in 1911. Its narrator, Fabian Vas is a bird artist: He draws and paints the birds of Witless Bay, his remote Newfoundland coastal village home. In the first paragraph of his tale Fabian reveals that he has murdered the village lighthouse keeper, Botho August. Later, he confesses who and what drove him to his crime--a measured, profoundly engrossing story of passion, betrayal, guilt, and redemption between men and women. The Bird Artist is a 1994 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.
Publish date: March 15th 1995
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
Such a different, yet compelling story, set before World War I in an isolated part of Canada, Witless Bay, Newfoundland. Fabian, grows up here, a place where everyone knows everyone else, where gossip is spread almost instantaneously, where it takes over a month a get a reply to a letter. The nov...
There are two topics that I considered while reading this book. One is the personal development of the protagonist, Fabian Vas; the other is reflections about what it is like to live in a small town that is intensely isolated, where many people have traveled no further than a neighboring town or isl...
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, from start to finish, so much so that I must soon read The Museum Guard by the same author. It's the dialogue that grabs you. The banter. I wish I could come with such replies when talking - light and piercing at the same time. I enjoyed reading about Newfoundland. Ge...
Storytelling lives here. Set in Newfoundland, the tale centers on Fabian Vas, who, it is clear from a very early age, is a gifted artist with a penchant for drawing birds. In the first paragraph we learn that he murdered a lighthouse keeper. The rest is about getting to that. This is a very engaging...
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