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Howard Norman

Autor(a) de The Bird Artist

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About the Author

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 mostrar mais 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) mostrar menos

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Obras por Howard Norman

The Bird Artist (1994) 1,056 exemplares
What Is Left the Daughter (2010) 461 exemplares
The Museum Guard (1998) 425 exemplares
The Haunting of L. (2002) 215 exemplares
Northern Tales (1990) 155 exemplares
The Northern Lights (1987) 152 exemplares
My Darling Detective (2017) 113 exemplares
Devotion (2007) 90 exemplares
Next Life Might Be Kinder (2014) 87 exemplares
The Ghost Clause (2019) 84 exemplares
The Chauffeur: Stories (2002) 55 exemplares
Trickster and the Fainting Birds (1999) 50 exemplares

Associated Works

The Future Dictionary of America (2004) — Contribuidor — 628 exemplares
Indian Tales (1953) — Prefácio, algumas edições158 exemplares
Dream Me Home Safely: Writers on Growing Up in America (2003) — Contribuidor — 40 exemplares
Birds in the Hand: Fiction and Poetry about Birds (2004) — Contribuidor — 33 exemplares
The New Great American Writers' Cookbook (2003) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
New World Journal #5 — Tradutor — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Norman, Howard
Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Toledo, Ohio, USA
Locais de residência
Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Labrador, Canada
Newfoundland, Canada
Western Michigan University (graduate)
Indiana University
Shore, Jane (wife)
Prémios e menções honrosas
Lannan Literary Award (Fiction, 1996)
Whiting Writers' Award (1985)

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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) em 75 Books Challenge for 2016 (Maio 2016)


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 outras críticas | 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 outras críticas | 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 outras críticas | Apr 21, 2024 |
8/17/2007: This book has one of the most boring and anticlimactic plot lines that I''ve ever read. It was only the plight of poor Defoe that kept me interested enough to finish reading it. An explanation of Imogen''s "issue" would have helped...as would some sort of intense moment, somewhere.
classyhomemaker | 10 outras críticas | Dec 11, 2023 |



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