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  • ISBN 0887625231
  • ISBN13 978-0887625237
  • Language English
  • Author Jack Hodgins
  • Publisher Thomas Allen & Son; 1st edition (April 30, 2010)
  • Pages 356
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  • Category No category
  • Size ePub 1419 kb
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  • Rating: 4.7
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The Master of Happy Endingsis a powerful new novel about memory, belonging, helping others, and the vagaries of the human heart. It is also a compelling story about how a man in his late seventies manages to conjure one more great adventure for himself.

Axel Thorstad lives in a shack on a remote island off the coast of British Columbia. Once a popular school teacher and thespian who touched the lives of hundreds of his students, he now lives in retirement and mourns the recent death of his wife.

But even this stoical giant of a 77-year-old finds the isolation too much. He begins to run want ads in newspapers offering his services as a tutor, and meets the indomitable Mrs. Montana. She hires Axel to coach her precocious teenage-TV-actor son Travis for his school exams while he shoots a new episode in Hollywood. Life in L.A. is far removed from his isolated life in rural B.C., and soon Thorstad finds himself caught up in the drama of his young student’s life, and the return of an old flame.

Set amidst the fleshpots, sound-stages and dining rooms of L.A., this engaging novel of lives and loves lost and found also gestures to the courage one needs in the face of the vulnerabilities of older age that all too soon beset.


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Good day ahead, I hope?. Mostly arguing with stupid people. Mandelson drove in a minute ago, looking savage. Thought you’d like to know. The magazine writer was not with them now, though he had sat across the aisle from Travis during the flight. A publicist will call. The kid has a few surprises to adjust to first.

Once a popular school tea The Master of Happy Endings is a powerful new novel about memory, belonging, helping others . He has been the subject of a National Film Board film, Jack Hodgins' Island, and a book, Jack Hodgins and His Work, by David Jeffrey.

Once a popular school tea The Master of Happy Endings is a powerful new novel about memory, belonging, helping others, and the vagaries of the human heart. It is also a compelling story about how a man in his late seventies manages to conjure one more great adventure for himself. Axel Thorstad lives in a shack on a remote island off the coast of British Columbia.

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The Master of Happy Endings is a novel of how the past shapes the present and how the present shapes the future, each in their own unexpected way. .The major characters are well-rounded. Thorstad himself is the kind of man a reader might want to spend time wit. ational Post. contains strong storytelling and powerful characters. Hodgins’ latest novel is a testament to the notion that the secret to a happy ending may well be not worrying too much.

Jack Hodgins (born October 3, 1938 in Comox Valley, British Columbia) is.The Master of Happy Endings - 2010 (finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize).

Jack Hodgins (born October 3, 1938 in Comox Valley, British Columbia) is a Canadian novelist and short story writer. With the publication of his first book of short stories, "Spit Delaney’s Island" (1976), and his first novel "The Invention of the World" (1977), Jack Hodgins was well on his way to becoming a recognized name in Canadian literature, before taking a position at the University of Victoria in the Creative Writing Department. Spit Delaney's Island –1976 (winner of the Eaton's BC Book Award).

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FEISKO
As usual, Hodgins writing is superb.
Lucam
In this engaging novel, Alex Thorstad is a seventy-seven-year-old retired high school English teacher and widower living on the rustic, remote Estevan Island in the Strait of Georgia, BC, Canada. Tall and straight and healthy due to daily, rigorous swimming (in youth, he swam competitively), he yet feels obsolete, inconsequential to the world at large. The death of his wife and the closing of his forty-three year career as a teacher torment him and create a hollow loneliness in his soul, and he has become quite eccentric.

He was the best kind of devoted teacher, the one you wish for your children, and perhaps witnessed once in all your studies: the instructor who cared passionately about his students, and would go to vast creative lengths to turn his students onto poetry and theater, like Chaucer and Shakespeare, even if he had to use contemporary music and pop culture to bring the bygone near to the students and close the academic gap.

Still plucky after all these years, he places a newspaper ad, seeking "adoption" (room, board, meals) in exchange for tutoring. After some strange and perturbing offers, he accepts the best of them, to tutor the sixteen-year-old son of a very wealthy couple in Vancouver, a good kid who is nevertheless distracted with soccer and a recurring role in an LA TV series, one that is gearing up to giving him a more vital part in the show. This requires Thorstad to spend time in la-la land with the lad, Travis, and compete for time to prepare him for exams with a high-strung producer who wants Travis to prepare exclusively for his expanding role. Academics be damned!

This is a coming of twilight/golden age, a second chance for Alex, blended with the subordinate (yet, at times, symbiotic) storyline of Travis' coming-of age story. There's the push-pull of exasperation emanating from both young and old, and all the while Alex is coming to terms with his own past. Son of a Hollywood 1930's stuntman who died in a fall before Alex was born, he always wanted to know more about his father. He is a movie aficionado, also sweet on memories of his first love, a (now elderly) actress who is somewhere in LA. Inundated with memories, Alex continues to have private "conversations" with his dead wife, Elena, who is both tart and lively as a ghost of a voice.

This is just a small portion of what this novel contains as far as adventure. The homeless population plays a crucial role on Estevan Island, and in Vancouver, where Travis volunteers at a homeless shelter to prepare for his role as a civic, outspoken homeless teen on TV. Then there are the drug traffickers and real-estate developers juxtaposed or intertwined with the homeless scenes, all providing background scaffolding for social edification. Best of all is the protagonist, bursting with moxie and an undying love for teaching. At times, the social messages in the book are too pronounced or transparent, and the relationship between Travis and Axel didn't resonate as convincingly as I would have liked. There were a few convenient turns in the plot and a few feigned surprises that strained to fit in a too-tidy ending.

I would highly recommend this for a light but astute insight into what it means to be elderly or young, and on a bewildered search for belonging, relevance, and eternal happy endings for all ages.
Anasius
Trust Jack Hodgins to do it again, with quirky, likable characters and an interesting plot. No one does a better job of capturing the sights, sounds and smells of Vancouver Island. Opening this book each day was, for me, like sitting down with a trusted friend to hear about their latest exploits. I was sad to finish the book and say goodbye to the characters.