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Howard Norman

Forfatter af The Bird Artist

30+ Værker 3,516 Medlemmer 118 Anmeldelser 8 Favorited

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Howard Norman was born in Toledo, Ohio, in 1949 and grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He attended Western Michigan University, the Folklore Institute of Indiana University, and the University of Michigan. His work with the Cree Indians created an interest and he then got a job as a translator of vis mere Native American poems and folktales. He put together a collection of his translations in the book, The Wishing Bone Cycle: Narrative Poems of the Swampy Cree Indians, which was named the co-winner of the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award by the Academy of American Poets. With the Help of a Whiting Award, he has also written The Northern Lights as well as Kiss in the Hotel, Joseph Conrad and Other Stories, and The Bird Artist, which was named one of Time Magazine's Best Five Books of 1994 and won the New England Booksellers Association Prize in Fiction. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

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Værker af Howard Norman

The Bird Artist (1994) 1,066 eksemplarer, 34 anmeldelser
What Is Left the Daughter (2010) 465 eksemplarer, 32 anmeldelser
Museumsvagten (1998) 427 eksemplarer, 11 anmeldelser
The Haunting of L. (2002) 216 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Northern Tales (1990) 157 eksemplarer
The Northern Lights (1987) 153 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place (2013) 115 eksemplarer, 4 anmeldelser
My Darling Detective (2017) 114 eksemplarer, 6 anmeldelser
Devotion (2007) 91 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
The Ghost Clause (2019) 89 eksemplarer, 8 anmeldelser
Next Life Might Be Kinder (2014) 87 eksemplarer, 5 anmeldelser
The Chauffeur: Stories (2002) 55 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Trickster and the Fainting Birds (1999) 50 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse

Associated Works

The Future Dictionary of America (2004) — Bidragyder — 631 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
A Convergence of Birds: Original Fiction and Poetry Inspired by Joseph Cornell (2001) — Bidragyder — 195 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Indian Tales (1953) — Forord, nogle udgaver160 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
When I Was Your Age, Volume Two: Original Stories About Growing Up (1999) — Bidragyder — 92 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Dream Me Home Safely: Writers on Growing Up in America (2003) — Bidragyder — 40 eksemplarer
Birds in the Hand: Fiction and Poetry about Birds (2004) — Bidragyder — 33 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
The New Great American Writers' Cookbook (2003) — Bidragyder — 21 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
New World Journal #5 — Oversætter — 1 eksemplar

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Kanonisk navn
Norman, Howard
Toledo, Ohio, USA
Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Labrador, Canada
Newfoundland, Canada
Western Michigan University (graduate)
Indiana University
Shore, Jane (wife)
Priser og hædersbevisninger
Lannan Literary Award (Fiction, 1996)
Whiting Writers' Award (1985)
Kort biografi
Although his official bio's all state that Howard Norman isn't Canadian, having been born in Toledo, Ohio, and raised in Michigan, he now holds dual citizenship and does consider himself Canadian. I have this directly from Mr. Norman, who I met at a book festival on October 3, 2009. When I mentioned that many people are surprised to learn that he is not Canadian, he said "Oh, but I AM." Good enough for me.



The Bird Artist (Bowie's Top 100) i 75 Books Challenge for 2016 (maj 2016)


To be honest I don't really have a lot to say on this one. I didn't really get the point to most of the story. It wasn't like the murder was some big mystery, she confessed in like the first two pages. It mostly is just this reporter writing in his journal about what he experienced that day. The concern over influenza becomes a plot point almost randomly it feels like and then his boss sends him to do a human interest piece that somehow ends up connecting back to the murder. I just really wasn't a fan of this one. It felt like nothing happened the entire story and the things that did happen made no sense. I wanted to like it because who doesn't enjoy a nice cozy read... I usually don't want a book to end but this one couldn't end fast enough for me.… (mere)
BookReviewsbyTaylor | Jul 18, 2024 |
Wyatt Hillyer was orphaned at 17 and went to live with his aunt and uncle and their adopted daughter Tilda in Middle Economy, Nova Scotia. Wyatt was instantly smitten with Tilda, but too inhibited for those feelings to develop into a relationship. Throughout his life Wyatt was more bystander than protagonist, his fate determined almost exclusively by the actions of others. The novel is in fact a long letter to his 20-year-old daughter, whom he has not seen in years. By sharing his life story Wyatt hopes to bridge a very large gap.

Wyatt was a young adult working in his uncle’s business at the start of World War II. His uncle became obsessed with German U-boats in Canadian waters, and developed a hatred of Germans who had immigrated to Nova Scotia before the war. This ultimately led to a horrific crime with consequences for Wyatt which will impact the rest of his life.

I’m not sure the epistolary nature of the novel worked for me. For the most part the story read more like a novel than a letter, and Wyatt’s relationship with his daughter felt more like a literary device than a real situation. But I enjoyed Wyatt’s story, its many interesting and quirky characters, and the way everything wrapped up at the end.
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lauralkeet | 31 andre anmeldelser | May 1, 2024 |
An illustrated collection of folk tales featuring birds gathered during a folklore workshop from contributors with roots in Africa, China, Australia, Norway and Sri Lanka. I think they all lost something in translation, and as one contributor put it "The mind has to do a lot of work!" The Chinese tale of a hidden lake where ancestors live on as swans, "The Swan-Scholar's Great Secret" was the highlight for me. The illustrations are lovely, but all of a piece in style, despite the varied cultures being represented.
Read and reviewed September 2021
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laytonwoman3rd | 2 andre anmeldelser | Apr 25, 2024 |
Beautifully written, this novel paints a stark picture of rural life on the coast of Newfoundland. The bright spot in Fabian's life is his passion for birds and painting them. He is close to his parents, and has a complicated friendship with a neighbor young woman. We learn at the beginning that he has murdered the lighthouse keeper, and the story of how and why that happened is the heart of this novel.
sleahey | 33 andre anmeldelser | Apr 21, 2024 |



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