Some Great Thing

Some Great Thing

Book - 2004
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Jerry McGuinty is a simple, self-made builder who claims he can plaster a wall that will change your life. Simon Struthers is a disaffected businessman who proves the old adage about money and happiness. Together they face the new Ottawa of the seventies: brash, bright, and ready for the taking.

With their different careers and successes, these two strangers seek to carve out their own happiness-Jerry with his new wife, Simon with his endless affairs and intrigues. But love can be suffocated by the drive to succeed, and individuals crushed by greed and progress. Only when both men realize what they have to lose will their lives finally intersect, and the story spiral to its astonishing conclusion.
Publisher: Harcourt, 2004
ISBN: 9780151010288
Branch Call Number: AF M'ADA


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Nov 20, 2011

Interesting perspective on Ottawa’s expansion in the 70’s-80’s. Really liked the twist at the end about the wind tunnel – that, the NCC bureaucracy / raison d’être, and the fact that everyone seems to go to university in McGill particularly made me smile – quite an interesting tale, though a little bleak – particularly for the women.

Jan 05, 2010

This book is the story of two men whose lives are somewhat connected indirectly. I found myself having a hard time putting it down. I think this book's strength is its character development; I found that I ended up feeling very strongly about all of the characters.

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