Exciting news! Some time ago I sat down for an interview with my old friend , Michael Enright, in the “Sunday Morning” series about neglected classic Canadian books.
This Sunday, March 3 at 11. a.m. , or just after the news, you’ll be able to hear me talking about THE WATCH THAT ENDS THE NIGHT, the great 1959 novel by HUGH MACLENNAN.
As you’ll know from my chapter about Hugh in Stories About Storytellers, I believe that this is his best novel, and I’m delighted to have the chance to persuade CBC listeners to read it….or to read it again! Michael is, of course, a superb interviewer, and I recall being surprised by what he drew out of me, about this book, and about Hugh’s role in creating our own literature.
I’ll be listening with keen interest. I hope you will, too.
Podcast of the interview available already. Very interesting!
Hi Doug.. Will definitely be tuned in. As a teenager ‘ The Watch That Ends the Night’ held a special place in my heart…and continued to be amazed at how few people are aware of this exceptional book that so beautifully reflects Maclellan’s talent. I wonder whether he was an equally gifted teacher at the Montreal boarding school where he taught? I think it was Lower Canada College… All best, Carolyn
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Hi Doug, I really enjoyed the program so thanks for letting me know about it. I read the book in my early 20’s but I don’t think I appreciated its significance then. Now, thanks to you, I’m motivated to read it again. Also I was moved by your reading of the passage from “Barometer Rising.” It was wonderful and brought to mind a flood of memories of people and places from all across Canada. Thanks again, David
Many thanks for this, David. i’m glad that you found Hugh’s words so stirring. I hope to see you soon. Doug