Watch that Ends the Night

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, May 18, 2009 - Literary Collections - 372 pages
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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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User Review  - Romonko - LibraryThing

This novel is so many things. It's a tremendous love story, It's a story about a Canadian city (Montreal) as it was in the 1930's and 1940's. It's a story of loss, betrayal and abandonment. It's a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jaylia3 - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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Born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Hugh MacLennan (1907-1990) taught at McGill University from 1951 to 1981 and wrote novels and essays that helped define Canadian literature. His novels include Barometer Rising (1941), Two Solitudes (1945), Each Man's Son (

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