Nothing is new in this book; in Shirer's account Hitler is still a vile man and his henchmen still do vile things. Why then, you might justifiably wonder, is this colossal book so important?
I grew up questioning the authorship of To Kill a Mockingbird. I did not believe Harper Lee wrote it. I didn't even think that she could have written it. It was too good and too profound.
Catch-22, Joseph Heller's magnificently subversive rumination on the madness of war, the evils of bureaucracy and the ineluctable absurdity of the human condition, is my favourite novel. I have read it a dozen times over, and it comes easily to hand whenever I find myself slouching about, opening books at random.
This year saw a splash in the Canadian literary scene, as Yann Martel published Beatrice & Virgil, his first book since the Man-Booker prize-winning Life of Pi, which was released in 2002. In doing so, he was given an advance of $1 million: the highest fee ever paid for a Canadian novel.
Yves Engler has laid out a difficult task for himself. Although most Canadians believe Canada's foreign policy is built on peacekeeping and resolving conflicts, Engler is out to disprove such notions.
The large hadron collider is a giant scientific instrument straddling the Switzerland-France border. This fall, the machine will run its first full experiment, recreating energy levels unseen since the big bang. No one knows for sure what will happen but Canadian science fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer has a guess.
The Baroness Else Von Freytag-Loringhoven is a relatively obscure historical figure. Though she ran in artistic circles which included Ezra Pound, Marcel Duchamp and William Carlos Williams, the influence of her life and art has been largely unacknowledged. In the early 20th century, the Baroness (who acquired her title from one
The first book in Robert J. Sawyer's new trilogy is different than anything he's ever written. Wake deals with taking a scientific leap of imagination, watching as the World Wide Web gains consciousness. But that's not where the difference lies; Sawyer's books are always imaginative, fresh and engaging. The difference is in the characters.