Complete summary of Hugh MacLennan’s Barometer Rising. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Barometer Rising. Barometer Rising By Hugh MacLennanAdapted For Radio By Rita Greer [Allen] Canada’s most famous explosion – Halifax, December 6, Hugh MacLennan’s first novel is a compelling romance set against the horrors of wartime and the catastrophic Halifax Explosion of December 6,

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Nov 07, Pages. You can almost feel the bellow rattling maxlennan in your own bones when you read those lines.

Neil seeks Alec MacKenzie, the only other survivor of their unit who can confirm that Colonel Mackennan had given an contradictory order, which was impossible to fulfill.

It is still one of the largest non-atomic explosions in history, or something like that. I can’t believe no teacher or professor ever encouraged me to read it.

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Search The Canadian Encyclopedia. Selected Works of Barometer Rising. The story is rather too neat and a little banal in the way ends are tied up. That tells you this is one special novel. She defers the proposal. Apr 06, Debbie riwing it really liked it. For example, the foghorns whose sounds risinv the walls of the Wain household. Everyone, except her father and his sense of entitlement, bolsters their city in dangerous days. Spy of the First Person.

We had to read it in high school and I remembered that I liked it then too but couldn’t remember anything about it so was excited when our bookclub chose it this year in huggh of the th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion.

I really liked this book.

Barometer Rising By Hugh MacLennan

You need to read this in order to understand where Canadian Fiction has come from and possibly to understand some of the incidents that formed Canada as a nation. In they went to London where Samuel took courses for a medical specialty.


What will happen if their paths crossed? Once published, the novel was wildly successful, and permitted MacLennan to leave his full-time job at Lower Canada College. She realized this beyond the power of any logic to confute it.

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There was a problem adding your email address. Certainly, the novel has had its share of criticism.

At the end of the novel MacRae and Penelope Wain are poised to depart maxlennan “old” Halifax for the dynamic potential of the westward regions of the country. Jun 27, Natalie Joan rated it really liked it. The ending was a bit abrupt or unfinished to me though. She closed the door loudly behind her as she entered the house.

The interaction is interrupted by the explosion where the whole town comes together to help those who risingg wounded and dead. The story starts nugh few days prior to the collision of a French munitions ship and a Norwegian ship, focusing on the wealthy Wain family, whose ancestor helped found the city. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

I thought the writing would be much drier than it was. The story gives you a good idea how the devastation affected the lives of the citizens in the city and the characters’ story draws you in. Thanks for telling us about the problem. And then the explosion, tidal wave barkmeter earthquake wreck the city. Angus intrudes upon the reunion to warn Neil of the colonel’s intentions.

Download our Spring Hugn Sampler Now. I knew that this book is a work of historical fiction set in Halifax inthe week surrounding the Halifax Explosion on December 6th. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.


Open Preview See a Problem? Wain’s daughter, Penelope, is Neil’s cousin and also the woman he loves.

She believes he died in Europe, so she has managed to carry on, holding down a very respectable job designing ships.

MacLennan really understood what this country is all about, the description of the locations Halifax, Montrealof its people of Cape Breton and the challenge of this country to define rrising – especially at that time – not quite American, and yet no longer quite British. A historical romance set around the Halifax explosion sounds like a terrible concept, and the execution is equally bad.

The characters are very well drawn out baormeter the descriptions make you feel like you’re really there, especially during and after the explosion.

His father was a stern Calvinist; his mother, creative, warm and dreamy. A competent, but not great writer, MacLennan portrays pleasingly rounded characters who are not stiff or one dimensional and weaves a plot that resolves itself in various ways on the occasion of the huge explosion that destroyed most of Halifax on Dec.

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Summary Penelope Wain believes that her lover, Neil Macrae, has been killed while serving overseas under her father. A shell gets him — Macrae returns to Halifax to secure the evidence of the only man living who can absolve him.

John Hugh MacLennan was born to Dr.