Complete summary of Hugh MacLennan’s Barometer Rising. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Barometer Rising. Barometer Rising By Hugh MacLennanAdapted For Radio By Rita Greer [Allen] Canada’s most famous explosion – Halifax, December 6, Hugh MacLennan’s first novel is a compelling romance set against the horrors of wartime and the catastrophic Halifax Explosion of December 6,

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She looked at the front door. I can still feel the snow storm. I really enjoyed working through this novel an seeing the inner workings of the Wain family. The man who was instrumental in Neil’s name being besmirched is Geoffrey Wain and the man who might be able to help clear his name is Alec MacKenzie. Barometer Rising was the first novel published by Hugh MacLennanarguably Canada’s most significant novelist of the middle of the twentieth century and certainly its most recognized.

Barometer Rising by Hugh MacLennan.

yugh Ways to Hide in Winter. Feb 22, Bob Newman rated it liked it. She realized this beyond the power of any logic to confute it.

It was his wife, whom he married inwho persuaded him to set his work in Canada, the country he knew best. That is barometeg a mystery to key people for long.

Barometer Rising

No trivia or quizzes yet. Nov 06, Book Scout rated it really liked it. He wrote two novels during those years, one set in Europe, the other in the USA. Penelope Wain believes that her lover, Neil Macrae, has been killed while serving overseas under her father. Barometer Rising marks a shift in MacLennan’s writing from works with international themes – which failed to find publishers – to the decidedly nationalist theme that occupies his major works.

That heavy rectangle of oak weighted with its brass knocker was a symbol. Be the first to discover new talent! Penny and Neil are briefly reunited, but Penny finds herself unable to reveal that she has given birth to their daughter, Jean, after their affair in Montreal. A classic in Canadian Literature.


I really liked that it’s more about the story of the characters than the historical events, though those play a role too. The foreword sets the stage when it says that this book “is maclennnan of the first ever written to use Halifax, Nova Scotia, as its sole background.

Also threaded throughout the story is the reality of Canada’s growing national identity. The story takes place from a few days before to a day or so after the Halifax Explosion, which occurred on December 6, Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices.

Jul 08, Christelle rated it liked it. The availability of items requested from other libraries may depend on the policies of the other libraries.

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I read this book while visiting Halifax, which was the perfect setting in which to do so. Conflicts within the family, combined with the role of Halifax in the Great War and the aftermath of the explosion, and subsequent relief efforts, create a picture of what life was like in Halifax at that time.

Neil and Murray manage to rescue Alec and his wife from their house, although Alec had sustained grievous injury.

Penelope Wain believes that her cousin, Neil Macrae, has been killed while serving overseas under her father, Colonel Geoffrey Wain. I knew nothing about the role of Halifax as a major port during WWI or the explosion that occurred there in December Growing Up Ethnic in America.

How much has Penny changed? The best character in this book is Halifax.

Barometer Rising by Hugh MacLennan

Oct 24, Sharon Plett rated it really liked it. The ending was a bit abrupt or unfinished to me though. The tram stopped at the foot of her street and she got off and began to climb the hill. It was a horrific event: There was a maclennwn adding your email address.

The explosion is another way to make the reader realize that secrets do not set you free. His morally bankrupt Anglophile uncle, Geoffrey Wain, the former colonel of his regiment, has blamed him for the failure of an attack and MacRae is under threat of prosecution and execution for cowardice. When they returned to Canada, they settled briefly in Sydney, before moving permanently to Halifax where they experienced the Explosion in Dec.

The narrative predominantly follows and pivots upon the romantic life of Penny Wain. She defers the proposal. The various descriptions of maclennsn city and daily life were vivid and took me right to those places that I know reasonably well.

The mythological template of Homer’s Odyssey is clearly in evidence throughout the book; the tale of a hero’s return and redemption is also the narrative of a culture’s coming maclennnan age. This was beautifully written and I loved maclfnnan additional story line that was put over top of the devastation.

I would highly recommend it to everyone.