Watch that Ends the Night
George and Catherine Stewart share not only the burden of Catherine's heart disease, which could cause her death at any time, but the memory of Jerome Martell, her first husband and George's closest friend. Martel, a brilliant doctor passionately concerned with social justice, is presumed to have died in a Nazi prison camp. His sudden return to Montreal precipitates the central crisis of the novel. Hugh MacLennan takes the reader into the lives of his three characters and back into the world of Montreal in the thirties, when politics could send an idealist across the world to Spain, France, Auschwitz, Russia, and China before his return home.
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Beautiful prose and a wonderful evocation of Montreal in the 1930s and 40s--taking the characters through the Depression, two wars, and a romance with communism that eventually went bad. It's a love story that tells a bigger tale. The dialog was sometimes distractingly unnatural--characters too often made prescient, sweeping pronouncements, and I don't believe good friends would answer urgent questions with a smug, pious, dismissive "What does it matter?" on such a regular basis--but that aside the author paints a vivid irresistible picture of a time and place with some parallels to our current situation. The writing is both intellectual and sensory--I felt the cold air under a starry sky, heard the crunch of footsteps on an icy sidewalk and saw the spring flowers growing out from under the snow.