This All Happened

This All Happened Told from the viewpoint of Gabriel English This All Happened opens windows onto a richly textured fast pacedly filmic compilation of daily vignettes over one calendar year if Fellini were a Newfound

  • Title: This All Happened
  • Author: MichaelWinter
  • ISBN: 9780887846519
  • Page: 414
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This All Happened

    Told from the viewpoint of Gabriel English, This All Happened opens windows onto a richly textured, fast pacedly filmic compilation of daily vignettes over one calendar year if Fellini were a Newfoundlander Gabriel s passion for Lydia Murphy leads him into paroxysms of jealousy but he never abandons his shrewdly witty perspective on the vagaries of modern love ConcrTold from the viewpoint of Gabriel English, This All Happened opens windows onto a richly textured, fast pacedly filmic compilation of daily vignettes over one calendar year if Fellini were a Newfoundlander Gabriel s passion for Lydia Murphy leads him into paroxysms of jealousy but he never abandons his shrewdly witty perspective on the vagaries of modern love Concrete and delicately rendered, This All Happened depicts a man s descent from love to fury.About the Author Michael Winter was born in England and grew up in Newfoundland He now divides his time between St John s and Toronto.

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    1. Bonnie

      "At August", I wrote: "I am enthralled." (in currently-reading)I have since finished reading. I wanted to reread the book all over again straight away. Instead, I copied entire portions, by hand, just to get a sense of what it would feel like to write like this!Needless to say, I highly recommend reading this book,published back in 2000!!!

    2. Corinne Wasilewski

      I didn’t intend to read any more books by Michael Winter after 'The Architects are Here', but, then I saw him at a reading. He and Boyden (who was the real reason I attended the event) were launching new books. Winter was so hilarious, likeable, and lacking in fashion sense that I just had to support him and buy one of his books. The book seller didn’t take debit and I had limited cash after buying Boyden’s monolith and so was left scrounging the bottom of my purse for spare change and man [...]

    3. Ian Carpenter

      Loved this and I almost don't know why. It is such a seemingly simple book but the slow build up is deeply affecting. Winter's conjuring of his faux-fictional memoir's protagonist's jealousy and obsession is brutal in its subtlety. And his love-interest's casual, ALMOST unintentional torture of him is maddening. I loved this (and for so many more reasons).

    4. Pooker

      Why oh why have I not read Michael Winter before now? I've got no excuse. Before I read this book, I'd had five, yes five, unread Michael Winter books languishing on my shelves. In fact, I denied myself the purchase of Donna Whalen for that reason. No sense in having six unread books.I'm not sure why I picked this book over his previously published short story collections, or for that matter why I chose to read Michael Winter at all just now. You'd think I'd have had enough of Newfoundland after [...]

    5. Melinda

      I loved this continuation of the life and times of Gabriel the bumbling, beautiful and charming Newf chasing his dreams and girlfriend with almost equal measure. His writing is like how cowboy coffee tastes when you spike it with Irish Cream and sit on Canadian Shield overlooking motor-boat free water and smelling cedar and tamarack at the same time. Splendid!

    6. Stephanie

      I loved the introspection of the novel, his life advice & thoughts. But I hated the two main characters. Lydia is a bitch. Gabe is a controlling prick.

    7. Sebastien

      This book is about strange, dysfunctional people who cannot seem to grasp that they are consistently engaged in destructive, broken, and abusive relationships. It is one incredibly long livejournal blog entry spanning a year of Michael Winter's (more or less) real life, and I don't really know why I read it the whole way through.Gabe's character is fictional in the same way, I assume, that Henry Chinaski is fictional. I can appreciate Gabe at times as I see a lot of myself in my early 20s in him [...]

    8. Harry

      Was I really tossed this book in June? I suppose I was. By a friend, in passing. A poetic friend who liked this sort of prose.What a deep and wonderful book this is! It tells the year day by day of writer Gabriel English as he lives, exists, in St. Johns. It's a fantastic read. A dreamy entry for each day of the year. Vibrant friends with their own unique voices. It is not exactly the kind of book I would choose to read. It's not poetry that you immediately recognize. But it is! So much more.How [...]

    9. Laura

      “When you describe an experience, what you are recounting is your memory of the act, not the act itself. Experiencing a moment is an inarticulate act. There are no words. It is in the sensory world. To recall it and to put words to it is to illustrate how one remembers the past, rather than actually experiencing the past. Keep this in mind as you read to words of others as they remember an incident.”“Catholics rehearse their stories. They tell stories over and over. The same story, torquin [...]

    10. Lillian

      This book is a journal of a young writer who lives in St. John's. It chronicles Gabriel's daily life as he practises his craft and hangs out with his close circle of friends. It reads effortlessly and endearingly as if he aimlessly jotted things down, a format that conceals the effort that goes into such fine writing. Gabriel emerges with all his flaws, although surely he is not as bad as his hypercritical girlfriend Lydia seems to think.Part of the joy is the discovery of daily life for a 20-so [...]

    11. Amanda

      i enjoyed this book. although i found the style and main character to be very very similar to the main character/style in the Big Why. still the descriptions were excellent as was the characterization. the pace was ok, but like with the Big Why, the pace wasn't the best thing about the novel. and that's fine. but Winter's books wouldn't appeal to people who enjoy page turner type novels. i like those occasionally but his tranquil and reflective style suits me fine, especially in the bleak mid wi [...]

    12. Buried In Print

      This review was deleted following 's purchase of GoodReads. The review can still be viewed via LibraryThing, where my profile can be found here.I'm also in the process of building a database at Booklikes, where I can be found here.If you read/liked/clicked through to see this review here on GR, many thanks.

    13. The 49th Shelf

      One of the books that made Alison Pick want to be a writer. Read Alison Pick's book list: Books that made me realize I needed to be a writer.

    14. Emily

      it's goode voice confused me sometimes because he seemed so unsure. now, given that this was written like journal entries, I'm sure it was intentional, but as someone who is unsure in real life, it is a little jarring to read a whole novel written in that fashion.

    15. copyeditcat

      I read this book because it's highly recommended. Sure, Winter captures insight here and there, but overall nothing much here entertained or moved me. And writers who write about writers (okay, not quite all the characters are writers or other creative types)? Enough, already!

    16. Michael

      This is St. John's Newfoundland, as seenly partly by a dispassionate camera eye and partly by a sensitive soul who moves between the poles of joy/love, agony, and ennui. Not a page-turner, in terms of plot, but the writing is strong and the characters are vibrant.

    17. Emily Pomeroy

      I had never read anything by Michael Winter before but read a short story of his which led me to this book. A story about an ordinary life and the experiences, hesitancies, love that we can relate toy by a man! Really liked the landscape description too.

    18. Lauren

      Beautiful slice of life book with some lovely turns of phrases. I've underlined several passages in this novel that have rang true for me, or just hit me right in the heart. Great humour as well.

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