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Clifford: A Memoir, A Fiction, A Fantasy, A Thought Experiment

por Harold R. Johnson

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"When Harold Johnson returns to his childhood home in a northern Saskatchewan Indigenous community for his brother Clifford's funeral, the first thing his eyes fall on is a chair. It stands on three legs, the fourth broken off and missing. So begins a journey through the past, a retrieval of recollections that have too long sat dormant. Moving from the old family home to the log cabin, the garden, and finally settling deep in the forest surrounding the property, his mind circles back, shifting in time and space, weaving in and out of memories of his silent, powerful Swedish father; his formidable Cree mother, an expert trapper and a source of great strength; and his brother Clifford, a precocious young boy who is drawn to the mysterious workings of the universe. As the night unfolds, memories of Clifford surface in Harold's mind's eye: teaching his younger brother how to tie his shoelaces; jousting on a bicycle without rubber wheels; building a motorcycle. Memory, fiction, and fantasy collide, and Clifford comes to life as the scientist he was meant to be, culminating in his discovery of the Grand Unified Theory."--… (mais)
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I think this book is a memoir (that is my understanding), but when I have looked for information on the author, I get the impression that if this is a memoir, it may be very loosely based on his life, rather than a true depiction. At any rate, it was a fascinating book, told from the perspective of Clifford's brother. ( )
  BonnieLymer | Dec 6, 2019 |
I really enjoyed this book. I love how it intertwines science with the art of storytelling. A must read for anyone interested in science. ( )
  cryczak232 | Feb 11, 2019 |
I enjoyed this book, despite being unsure of how to classify it. The author describes it as both fiction and memoir, which is unusual, but may be more honest than those who try to maintain an either/or perspective.

As the book opens, the author has returned home following the death of his brother Clifford. He relates the story of his family life and relationship with Clifford. It's a moving story about growing up as an Aboriginal person in Western Canada. It's also a story of dreams abandoned and coming of age. ( )
  LynnB | Nov 29, 2018 |
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"When Harold Johnson returns to his childhood home in a northern Saskatchewan Indigenous community for his brother Clifford's funeral, the first thing his eyes fall on is a chair. It stands on three legs, the fourth broken off and missing. So begins a journey through the past, a retrieval of recollections that have too long sat dormant. Moving from the old family home to the log cabin, the garden, and finally settling deep in the forest surrounding the property, his mind circles back, shifting in time and space, weaving in and out of memories of his silent, powerful Swedish father; his formidable Cree mother, an expert trapper and a source of great strength; and his brother Clifford, a precocious young boy who is drawn to the mysterious workings of the universe. As the night unfolds, memories of Clifford surface in Harold's mind's eye: teaching his younger brother how to tie his shoelaces; jousting on a bicycle without rubber wheels; building a motorcycle. Memory, fiction, and fantasy collide, and Clifford comes to life as the scientist he was meant to be, culminating in his discovery of the Grand Unified Theory."--

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