A Student of Weather

A Student of Weather

eBook - 2000
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"Maurice Dove is a visitor to the Saskatchewan farm of widower Ernest Hardy. The relationship he forms with Hardy's daughters gives rise to an act of betrayal that throws into relief the deep-rooted enmity between them. Norma Joyce's life, from the time she is eight, is fuelled by her obsessive and unrequited love for Maurice Dove."--Jacket.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, [2000]
Copyright Date: © 2000
ISBN: 9781551994338
155199433X
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 16, 2014

Hay has brilliantly used weather in all its glory and devastation as a backdrop to the love that two very different sisters, one so reserved and beautiful, the other boldly tenacious but plain, have for one charming and unreliable man. He enters their life in a prairie storm, stirring up emotions that will weather many years of rivalry, heartache and forgiveness.

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emilysteeves
Oct 20, 2011

An imperfect, but poetic love story, compelling characters and beautiful setting.

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sharon711
Sep 20, 2010

A child falls in love with a man, and the man is seduced by the intensity he has generated. Then his attention shifts to something else. End of story.

So Hays describes her mesmerizing tale of Maurice Dove and his cataclysmic but accidental effect on the women he meets. We see Dove through the eyes of Norma Joyce, his most passionate admirer, who was first smitten at 8 years old—and never fully recovered.

The story shifts over 40 years from Saskatchewan to Ottawa and New York, imparting a vivid sense of place. Postwar Ottawa comes to life.

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memartel
Feb 07, 2010

did not like at all, did not finish

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JMJourney
Mar 13, 2012

Canadian author Hay's first novel begins on a Depression-era farm in Saskatchewan. The Hardy sisters, Norma Joyce and Lucinda, live with their widowed father. The sisters are opposites in appearance and in their approach to life. Norma Joyce, the dark, homely sister, is full of intellectual curiosity with artistic abilities, while Lucinda, older, blonde, and beautiful, is quiet and domestic. Thus, in some ways, they are natural rivals. When both fall in love with Maurice Dove, a student who stays with the family to study weather patterns, this unrecognized rivalry leads to mutual betrayals and a sad lack of family affection and understanding that affects the quality of their lives for nearly 30 years. As the story progresses, Hay's lyric descriptions of emotions, the prairie, the weather, and other natural conditions compel the reader's attention to the last page.

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