Winter Cdn ed /tp: Five Windows on the Season

Category: Book
By (author): Gopnik, Adam
Series: Cbc Massey Lectures
Subject:  LITERARY CRITICISM / General
  PHILOSOPHY / Essays
  PHILOSOPHY / Movements / Rationalism
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Essays
Awards: Globe and Mail Top 100 Book (2011) Commended
Publisher: House of Anansi Press Inc
Published: September 2011
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 8.25in x 5.75in x 0.71in
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From The Publisher*

The 2011 CBC Massey Lectures celebrates fifty years with bestselling author, essayist, cultural observer, and famed New Yorker contributor Adam Gopnik, whose subject is winter -- the season, the space, the cycle.

Gopnik takes us on an intimate tour of the artists, poets, composers, writers, explorers, scientists, and thinkers, who helped shape a new and modern idea of winter. Here we learn how a poem by William Cowper heralds the arrival of the middle class; how snow science leads to existential questions of God and our place in the world; how the race to the poles marks the human drive to imprint meaning on a blank space. Gopnik's kaleidoscopic work ends in the present day, when he traverses the underground city in Montreal, pondering the future of Northern culture.

 A stunningly beautiful meditation buoyed by Gopnik's trademark gentle wit, Winter is at once an enchanting homage to an idea of a season and a captivating journey through the modern imagination. This deluxe 50th anniversary edition includes full-colour images printed on two 8-page inserts.

From The Publisher*International bestselling author and New Yorker columnist Adam Gopnik's 50th anniversary edition of the CBC Massey Lectures is at once an enchanting homage to a season and a captivating journey through the modern imagination.
From The Publisher*The 2011 CBC Massey Lectures celebrates fifty years with bestselling author, essayist, cultural observer, and famed New Yorker contributor Adam Gopnik, whose subject is winter -- the season, the space, the cycle. Gopnik takes us on an intimate tour of the artists, poets, composers, writers, explorers, scientists, and thinkers, who helped shape a new and modern idea of winter. Here we learn how a poem by William Cowper heralds the arrival of the middle class; how snow science leads to existential questions of God and our place in the world; how the race to the poles marks the human drive to imprint meaning on a blank space. Gopnik's kaleidoscopic work ends in the present day, when he traverses the underground city in Montreal, pondering the future of Northern culture. A stunningly beautiful meditation buoyed by Gopnik's trademark gentle wit, Winter is at once an enchanting homage to an idea of a season and a captivating journey through the modern imagination. This deluxe 50th anniversary edition includes full-colour images printed on two 8-page inserts.
Review Quote*Winter is a soulful, studied meditation on the season that most captures our imagination . . . highly recommended.
Review Quote*...outstanding...[Adam Gopnik's] windows on winter illuminate varied aspects of the season, but, more profoundly, they also shed light on the human condition and our complex relationship with nature.
Review Quote*...charming...[Adam Gopnik's essays] provide a timely reminder that we still have something to learn about the season.
Review Quote*... a stream of endlessly entertaining insights and ideas -- a treasury of people and places and art.
Review Quote*... a book every Canadian needs to own.
Review Quote*... enlightening and full of discovery ... insightful ...
Review Quote*... pleasurably readable ... the Massey selectors made an inspired choice for 2011.