Waiting for Columbus

Waiting for Columbus

eBook - 2009
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On a beautiful April morning, a man is brought to an insane asylum in contemporary Spain, claiming to be the legendary navigator Christopher Columbus. Found in the treacherous Straight of Gibraltar, he is clearly delusional and has suffered a trauma so severe that he has turned away from reality. As he spins the tall tales of adventure and romance of someone who existed in the late fifteenth century, the lonely Nurse Consuela can't help but be enchanted by his spirit. Who is Columbus? Where did he come from? This dazzling story about one man's painstaking search for truth and loyalty will haunt the reader long after the final page.

From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2009
ISBN: 9780385532068
Call Number: eBook


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Sep 26, 2012

This was a very strange book yet somehow, I kept reading it to determine just what happened.

Jul 26, 2012

I loved that book. I thought the combination of romance and mystery, the way history was presented, the psychological and emotional insights on grief, were all superbly blended. I am delighted to have found that Canadian writer, and highly recommend the read!

Apr 25, 2012

A mystery story which revolves around the question, "who is he" rather then "who done it". A throughly enjoyable and slightly convoluted read.

Jan 23, 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It kept me guessing about who the character of Columbus was really was. The stories within the stories were excellent.

Feb 03, 2011

Not a story you've read before. Well worth the read to submerge yourself into the multiple layers of storytelling.

ser_library Nov 21, 2010

this book has grabbed my attention from paragraph 1, but after 100 pages i am ready to skip to the end and pass the book on.

Nov 01, 2010

I tried but did not finish, could not connect with the writer. Seemed too disjointed and confusing.

Mar 31, 2010

One of the best books I read this year. I found the development of the character intriguing and very realistic. The overlap of 15th century detail with 21 century props (telephone, courier, etc.) so appealing. It is one of the few books that, after I finished it, wanted to go back and reread sections. I could read this again without problem.

Dec 03, 2009

Hard to put this one down, humorous, a juxtaposed time line, just a great read. Nice to see such a great book by an native Edmontonian. Trofimuik, needs the recognition of the national forces, I can smell Giller soon for him.

Nov 10, 2009

Really enjoyed this book. At times funny or poignant, you'll have to see it through just to find out who the patient is. it also makes you think about the thin line that sometimes exists between those that are institutionalized and those on "the outside".


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