• June 22, 2019

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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Reading this book reminded me h I have truly enjoyed reading this book. This is one of those rare books where I feel even a tiny bit comfortable discussing themes and symbols.

A downgrade to four stars also honours a horse, whom Neil did not assist out of the snow! See all books by Hugh Maclennan. Selected Works of Barometer Rising.

Barometer Rising By Hugh MacLennan

Refresh and try again. The Cake Tree in the Ruins. If you have ever visited that small, but charming city, you would probably enjoy reading this novel just for nostalgia’s sake. She defers the proposal. She develops a friendship with Angus Murray, a doctor wounded from the war.


When Penny had recovered sufficiently from her injury and her surgery, she goes with Neil baromete retrieve Jean. 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. Penelope Wain believes that her cousin, Neil Macrae, has been killed while serving overseas under her father, Colonel Geoffrey Wain.

Halifax Explosion, Halifax, N. Dec 04, Rieing Grimshaw rated it really liked it. Barometfr are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.


For the reader who didn’t get it by the end, the author offers the hero’s closing dialogue: I’m not sure if the overly specific references to the city landmarks would have hindered the story if I was not becoming familiar with them at the same time. First published New York: That he apparently died in disgrace does not alter her love for the soldier who, unbeknownst to her, has returned to Halifax to clear his name, only days before a catastrophic explosion in the Harbour will forever change their lives.


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As she began to calculate the situation she thanked God for this gift which never failed her, this merciful power within herself that enabled her to spill cold water over her brain and make it lucid in moments of crisis.

The story takes place from a few days before to a day or so after the Halifax Rizing, which occurred on December 6, The setting feels forced; McLennan is maclehnan focused on making it authentic, at the expense of the storyline and general readability.

I read this book while visiting Halifax, which was the perfect setting in which to do so. He probably knew the words would sound too small. What will happen if their paths crossed?

Penny felt her heart beginning to labour. Be the first to discover new talent! Feb 20, Lucille rated baeometer liked it Shelves: The foreword sets the stage when it says that this book “is one of the first ever written to use Halifax, Nova Scotia, as its sole background. The mythological template of Homer’s Odyssey is clearly in evidence throughout the book; the rsiing of a hero’s return and redemption is also the narrative of a culture’s coming of age.

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I also loved the portrayal of all the characters – he made them real for me which is what draws me to a book. Apr 01, Bfisher rated it it was ok Shelves: It was his wife, whom he married inwho persuaded him to set his work in Canada, the country he knew best. Barkmeter it very much as I have visited Halifax 4 times and it brought back many happy memories. Under the Feet of Jesus. Mar 27, C. I found it to be a wonderful reflection on Canadian history and Canadian identity.


Inthe largest non-nuclear explosion in the world occurred in Halifax harbour when two ships collided, one loaded irsing munitions and highly flammable material.

I also didn’t cry which kind of surprised me considering I cry buckets every time I read the Dear Canada This was beautifully written and I loved the additional story line that was put over top of the devastation.

Dec 15, Ginger Hallett rated it really liked it. Barometer Macllennan marks a shift in MacLennan’s writing from works with international themes – which failed to find publishers – to the decidedly nationalist theme that occupies his major works.

His father was not pleased with her American background and insisted that he not marry before becoming independent. Pages to import images to Wikidata.

Return to Book Page. That he died apparently in disgrace does not alter her love for him, even though her father is insistent on his guilt. I was impressed otherwise. Oh lord, this is risinng. Imagine, a woman making headlines as a ship-building engineer in and shown as composedly-intelligent and confident, in a novel!

In they went to London where Samuel took courses for a medical specialty.