Near Water /mobi
Written by Hugh Hood
Publication Date September 01, 2000
Near Water is the final volume in Hugh Hood's spectacular New Age series, an epic saga that is treasured and revered as a meticulous chronicle of late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century Canada. Beginning with an almost stream-of-consciousness meditation on identity, religion, angels, Dionysius, Aristotle, Freud, and you name it, Hugh Hood's prose scintillates in Near Water, animating a kinetic imagination that never misses a beat. Son of a Nobel laureate, father of a space voyager, friend of a movie star, estranged husband of a painter, and semi-famous because of it all, Matthew Goderich is driving up to the lake for a possible reunion with Edie, from whom he has been separated for 30 years. Then it happens, and we feel it happening too -- the pain, the delusions, the awful, sudden, interior crisis of a cerebrovascular accident. A stroke. And we stay with him, this self-proclaimed hope man who is never alone, while his mind roves over the vivid details of the life he has loved at this place near water.
Hugh Hood wrote 32 books. He taught English literature at the Universite de Montreal and was the author of seventeen novels, several volumes of short fiction, and five of nonfiction. He died in August 2000.