Leaving Tomorrow

Leaving Tomorrow From the Giller Prize winning author of the bestseller The Age of Hope a thoughtful tender often wry novel of growing up and falling in love In the small Alberta town of Tomorrow young Arthur y

  • Title: Leaving Tomorrow
  • Author: David Bergen
  • ISBN: 9781443411400
  • Page: 419
  • Format: ebook
  • From the Giller Prize winning author of the 1 bestseller, The Age of Hope, a thoughtful, tender, often wry novel of growing up and falling in love.In the small Alberta town of Tomorrow, young Arthur yearns for a larger life His father prefers the love of horses and good books, while his mother is guided by practicality and her faith Bev, his rough edged brother, choosesFrom the Giller Prize winning author of the 1 bestseller, The Age of Hope, a thoughtful, tender, often wry novel of growing up and falling in love.In the small Alberta town of Tomorrow, young Arthur yearns for a larger life His father prefers the love of horses and good books, while his mother is guided by practicality and her faith Bev, his rough edged brother, chooses action over thinking Among them is the solitary Arthur intelligent, curious, garrulous, romantic and at odds with his surroundings and his religion His one ally is his adopted cousin, the fearless Isobel Their mutual admiration for the land, for literature, all things French and each other sustain Arthur When Bev goes to fight in Vietnam and returns emotionally broken, relationships within the family change and tensions between the two brothers rise With a secret between them, Arthur leaves for Paris, where he pursues his passions for writing and women and at last claims the life he has always wanted But dreams and reality don t always match, and it takes going away for Arthur to appreciate the push and pull of both home and love.With his trademark elegant prose and incisive characterizations, David Bergen has created a wise and hopeful character, and an emotionally powerful story of being young and finding oneself.

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    1. Okay David Bergen, we get it. You read a lot of books. You know a lot of things. You are really, really fond of describing young women's breasts. David Bergen is obviously a gifted writer. I don't so much read his books as devour them whole, but the problem is that it's almost like binging on candy, i.e. it's empty reading calories. I found myself often rolling my eyes at Arthur Wohlegmuht, or at the way the women in this book are written. David Bergen writes women in ways that rarely feel entir [...]

    2. A wonderful jaunt into the literary field. So much character in shown in so few words. Arthur would drive me crazy, but Isobel is a gem.

    3. I was disappointed with this story. Not only did Leaving Tomorrow struggle with a lack of direction in the plot, but the characters were simply not that exciting either. The protagonist, Arthur, was difficult to really like; he was for the most part, self-absorbed and seemed to feel he was better than his family and the people of Tomorrow, Alberta. His quest to find himself in France, where he was certain he would find fame as a gifted writer, simply went nowhere either. If I had to sum up the b [...]

    4. I enjoyed this book told in the first person. Arthur tells his story from the moment to his birth to about 20 years of age. He is smart and likes books and big words. This does not necessarily endear him to his Alberta country classmates. He makes his way to France to find himself. As with most teenagers he can be tiresome at times but as he likes and quotes from the classic literature there are many interesting quotes to read. This book is a fast and enjoyable read.

    5. A young, aspiring writer with no talent leaves his home and his family to live in Paris on a journey of self discovery. Arthur doesn't fit in neither at his home, Tomorrow, Albert among his family and peers nor in Paris, among strangers and 'friends'. But honestly, I didn't like Arthur. I did like couple of things from this book. I'm going to contradict myself in that I like and dislike the start of the book. Arthur tells the story from his birth to almost death experience when he was a baby and [...]

    6. This book was recommended to me, so I decided to give it a try. I'm not sure that I liked it all that much, but it is well-written so therefore I've given it 3 stars. Bergen is a Giller prize winning author for his book The Time In-Between which I read 3 or 4 years ago. There are similarities to this book as Bergen talks about the Vietnam war and he also explores someone who is suffering from post-traumatic stress. He did this in The Time In-Between as well, but I think he did a better job of it [...]

    7. Extremely polished, kinda populist novel, though a good deal more sophisticated than that. I somehow expected it to be inward and introspective (had heard of David Bergen from the Giller prize) and it was to some extent, but it was also very vibrant in its description of the respective worlds of Western Canadian provincial life and wanna-be Parisian bohemian life. A coming-of-age story extending from an austere of Canadian upbringing through a young man's projection of what constitutes refinemen [...]

    8. The sparity and clarity of the writing in this book really appealed to me. Just the right amount of words to express a clear image both of the characters and what they were experiencing. The author made it very easy for me to imagine what his characters looked like and how they behaved. Rather than a "coming of age" novel, I felt it was more like an autobiography, starting with his birth, and finishing with his becoming an adult with the future spreading before him, having learned how to deal wi [...]

    9. David Bergin has written a memoire of a young man who seems to be unable to "fit" into his life, his relationships or his family. He grows up on an Alberta ranch with a father born to the work. His brother bullies him. His peers tease him because he is more interested in reading and language than in fighting. His mother coddles him until her own mental problems make that relationship difficult.He leaves to go to Paris to "find himself". He has several romantic relationships and tries to write bu [...]

    10. Leaving Tomorrow is well-written, but at the same time, goes nowhere. In a somewhat disjointed order, Arthur recounts his childhood and life in small town Tomorrow, Alberta and his subsequent meanderings in France. He is a very melancholy character filled with longing and a feeling of never being satisfied or happy. David Bergen is a skilled writer, so I was well into the novel before I realized the plot was rather non-existent and, despite this, I easily finished the book. Just as Arthur seemed [...]

    11. David Bergen is a good writer, but I did not love this book. Arthur is self absorbed and selfish and pretty insufferable. He feels like he is too important and clever for his small town life. He feels like once he goes to Paris, he will be writing and having erudite discussing with philosophers. In reality he is teaching English to a small boy and having an affair with a young mother who works in a cafe. His cousin, Isobel, is more interesting and alive than him and tells him that his destiny is [...]

    12. Canadian author David Bergen's "Leaving Tomorrow" is about growing up, falling in love and the push and pull of home and love and figuring out the "who am I" and "what do I want to be'. I found his 'outsider looking in' sense of himself familiar territory. Set in rural Alberta and Paris this is a reader's book you will either love it or hate it. I recently downloaded two more of his books, I'm hooked.

    13. I just finished this book and to be honest I don't know what it was about. I did not like the protagonist at all and found him patronizing and arrogant. He just didn't seem believable to me. Apologies to those who have liked this novel or gotten more out of it than I have. Then again, perhaps if I had studied this in Can Lit and studied the texts he references throughout, I would have appreciated it more.

    14. 2.5 stars.I wasn't crazy about Bergen's latest coming of age story. The protagonist just wasn't a character I could get behind. Set in Tomorrow, Alberta, the novel at first made me laugh as we are introduced to the vane and self absorbed young Arthur. However, as Arthur grew I liked him less and less and his character wasn't redeemed in my opinion. The story did not leave me with any great hope for his future.

    15. Bergen is an exquisitely tender writer. He writes of love and how it begins before we think we're aware of its beginning. He writes of yearning, the desire to become more, and of the realization that we cannot outrun ourselves in the end. The writing is sparse, stripped down to its most basic essence, but beneath the surface, there is a depth to Bergen's prose that stays with you long after the last page is read.

    16. Think Maugham, think Dreiser, or more recently, Faulks and Coetzee. Leaving Tomorrow is a coming-of-age story after that grand tradition of the "bildungsroman." If he wasn't known as a writer's writer before, Bergen has certainly earned that epithet now. Leaving Tomorrow proves its own assertion that 'a character (just like a man) makes himself, in spite of eventualities in a meaningless world.'

    17. While I liked his writing style, I felt the author used the book as a way to show off his knowledge of (male) literary stars like Flaubert, Sartre, etc. Many of the main character's actions, especially those that the author then linked to characters from literary classics, seemed implausible to me. The whole 'cultured Europe' vs. 'uncultured North America' dichotomy also seemed somewhat forced.

    18. I enjoy reading David Bergen, so I must have missed the big picture on this one. I initially felt a kinship with Arthur who loves language and collects interesting words in lists. However, his penchant for using language to belittle others and make them feel less intelligent, was a real turn off for me. I ended up liking neither Arthur nor the book.

    19. Pleasantly surprised. Usually books by prize winners difficult to follow, the writing to 'sophisticated' for my science mind. Not this one, I appreciated the way the story unfolded, the musings, the observations of life, and yes, the writing all engaging. I enjoy these unexpected experiences and it reminds me why I need to pick up a prize winner now and again.

    20. It was an okay read, nothing more. Hard to relate to the characters that seem too trivial in my opinion. Arthur, well, I just felt sorry for him all the time. Nicely written book that lacks substance of a real plot unfortunately.

    21. Okay, but not great. A bit pretentious in terms of the writing. Also, it is hard to sustain a liking of and interest in the protagonist. I found some of the minor characters, especially the women much more interesting.

    22. Liked the writing style, story was a bit slow. I like what it brings up about leaving home and what it feels like to try and fit in somewhere else. Relevant to my life being raised in a small town in Alberta and leaving to a place that "has bigger ideas"

    23. Arthur is an interesting character. I didn't love him, but I couldn't hate him. The book was a fairly quick read. To be honest, I'm not really sure what I thought of it.

    24. I really enjoyed this overall. It wanders when Arthur goes to Paris, but I suppose it was to add to the thought maybe of not knowing truly who he was or where he fit.

    25. I almost gave this book 5 stars, but it wasn't quite that good. I really liked the main character. Very realistic depiction of sibling rivalry.

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