Complete summary of Hugh MacLennan’s Barometer Rising. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Barometer Rising. Barometer Rising By Hugh MacLennanAdapted For Radio By Rita Greer [Allen] Canada’s most famous explosion – Halifax, December 6, Hugh MacLennan’s first novel is a compelling romance set against the horrors of wartime and the catastrophic Halifax Explosion of December 6,

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The commentary coming through the thoughts and words of Neil and Murray are moving and provocative. And McLenna’s prose is unbelievably melodramatic; he adores his adjectives, which is, honestly, an awful way to write. It is utterly breathtaking, speaking to both the quality of his research and his ability to conjure up the perfect tising. No matter what happened to him in the future he would always be able to tell himself that he had survived worse things in the past.

What dipped my appreciation to four stars, is skipping the most gratifying part we were awaiting! Very moving, beautifully written, Barometer Rising is a must-read for Canadian literature fans and anyone interested in historical fiction.

Her family had shut her in from the world when she was young; it had shut her out from itself when she had ceased being a child. I don’t maclennzn he ever told her he loved her. This page was last edited on 28 Decemberat Mar 27, C. MacLennan is very good at evoking the sights, colors, smells, and sounds of the city and its environs.

While I didn’t find the author going off on separate stories from each character’s past that hardly contributed anything to the story, I do have to remember that this was released in Nov 06, Book Scout rated it really liked it.


From the Trade Paperback edition. Hugh inherited traits from both. Spy of the First Person. The various descriptions of the city and daily life were vivid and took me right to those places that I know reasonably well.

CanLit is not even 70 years old at the time this review is being written, and look at all the things we’ve accomplished! This was an excellent book. If you think that a book set during WWI in Halifax at the time of the Halifax explosion is going to be action-packed and about either of those events, you’re mistaken. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Refresh and try again. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices.

Apr 04, Kevin Joannou rated it liked it. Article by Susanne Marshall. MacLennan really understood what this country is all about, the description of the locations Halifax, Montrealof its people of Cape Breton and the challenge of this country to define itself – especially at that time – not quite American, and yet no longer quite British. Trivia About Barometer Rising. The interaction is interrupted by the explosion where the whole town comes together to help those who bqrometer wounded and dead.

I knew nothing about the role of Halifax as a major port during WWI or the explosion that occurred there in December The tram stopped at the foot of her street and she got off and began to climb the hill. Though slow to start, I really liked the story maclemnan. Both Frances and Hugh were pushed hard in their schooling by their father, especially in the Classics. Inspired by Your Browsing History.

Once published, the novel was wildly successful, and permitted MacLennan to leave his full-time job at Lower Canada College. Penny felt her heart beginning to labour. risijg

Barometer Rising by Hugh MacLennan

A wonderful WWI Canadian story. I thought it was interesting that the father was all but forgotten about unti I huyh we had read this in high school or university for Canadian Lit or History. And then she felt saturated with anger and cold determination.


No one had ever had the kindness to give her an honest account of what risimg happened to Neil that day or night in Flanders when they hinted that his cowardice had ruined her father’s career in the army. The April 3rd Incident. The afterword by Alistair MacLeod is a history lesson in itself.

I thought it was interesting that the father was all but forgotten about until Neil literally stumbled upon him. Starts off a little slow, but ends with a bang. Right on the dot. It was silent and cold and empty on this street where she had lived all her life. He probably knew the words would sound too small. Horsemen of the Sands. Yet, prior to the court martialbut Neil was believed to have died in artillery strike. Penny is understandably anxious about everything coming out well with Neil.

This part of the story was well written, slowly building up to that fatal day. There is a particular passage describing the sun moving over the vastness of Canada that I have bookmarked and will return to often. Duell, Sloan and Pearce in amidst the turmoil of the Second World Warthe novel is set during the First World Warnot on the battlefields of Europe but in Canada before, during and after the Halifax Explosionwhich destroyed much of that city’s north end on the morning of December 6, He could never have brought himself to lie about a thing like that.