A Novel

Book - 2001
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On a summer evening in Stratford, Ontario, the errantthrust of a gardener's spade slices a telephone cable intoinstant silence. The resulting disconnection isdevastating. With the failure of one call to reach thehouse, an ambitious young actor becomes the victim ofsexual blackmail. The blocking of a second call leadstragically to murder. And when a Bell Canada repairmanarrives to mend the broken line, his innocent yetirresistible male beauty has explosive consequences.

In Spadework, Timothy Findley--a master storytellerand playwright, has created an electric word-play ofinfidelity and morality, set on the stage of Stratford,Ontario--Findley's home territory. In this insider'sfictional portrait of Canada's pre-eminent theater town,intrigue, passion and ambition are always waiting in thewings. He peoples the town with theater makers, artists,writers, and visitors, both welcome and unwelcome--and with lives that are immediately recognizable as"Findleyesque"--the lonely, the dispossessed and thesexually troubled whose foibles confound their families,their friends and even their pets. A story that rippleswith ever-widening repercussions, a sensual andcompletely absorbing read, Spadework is anotherTimothy Findley winner.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2001
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780002255080
Branch Call Number: FIC Findl 3558ad 1
Characteristics: xix, 408 p
Alternative Title: Spade work


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Feb 21, 2015

As always, Timothy Findley uses his words to paint the story rather than tell it. A fabulous read but I thought the idea of the spadework creating far reaching implications in the characters lives was overstated. The subject matter was intense and the characters were so real. If I had the opportunity, I would cuff Griff across the head with a cast iron frying pan! Truly a character I love to hate! After finishing this book, I would find myself thinking about the characters and wondering how they were doing now. Surely the mark of a great book by a great author.

Jan 03, 2015

Terrific novel. Entertaining and captivating from beginning to end.

Bearrington Oct 03, 2010

Classic Timothy Findley. Couldn't put it down.

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