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Winter

Five Windows on the Season

by Adam Gopnik

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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.

Awards
  • Commended, Globe and Mail Top 100 Book
Editorial Reviews

... a book every Canadian needs to own.

— Chronicle Herald

[Gopnik is] a wonderful essayist, erudite, elegant and incisive.

— Telegraph

... enlightening and full of discovery ... insightful ...

— Quill and Quire

... beautifully written ...

— Columbian

...charming...[Adam Gopnik's essays] provide a timely reminder that we still have something to learn about the season.

— Montreal Gazette

... sensationally good ...

— Toronto Star

...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.

— Toronto Star

Few writers are as adept as Gopnik, a natural born essayist, at generating such thoughts and seeing them spiritedly advancing across the page, like the "secret ministry" of frost at midnight.

— Guardian

These lectures, these chapters, these thematic notes rise and fall with the senses they evoke: not just the visual indulgences of art, the oral of poetry, the taste of warm dishes, the touch of snowflakes, the absent odor of frigid air: Gopnik outfits winter with art, literature, bodily experience, and history, such that the reader can recall the season in the context of culture as well as anticipate it as well.

— American Book Review

... pleasurably readable ... the Massey selectors made an inspired choice for 2011.

— Montreal Review of Books

[Adam Gopnik] is adept at connecting disparate subjects and ideas in interesting and unusual ways.

— Canadian Geographic

Winter is a soulful, studied meditation on the season that most captures our imagination . . . highly recommended.

— New York Review of Books

Gopnik melds familiar and arcane without talking down to readers ... thoughtful ...

— Winnipeg Free Press

... a stream of endlessly entertaining insights and ideas -- a treasury of people and places and art.

— Globe and Mail

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