Late Nights on Air

Late Nights on Air The eagerly anticipated novel from the bestselling author of A Student of Weather and Garbo Laughs Harry Boyd a hard bitten refugee from failure in Toronto television has returned to a small radio s

  • Title: Late Nights on Air
  • Author: Elizabeth Hay
  • ISBN: 9780771039850
  • Page: 423
  • Format: Paperback
  • The eagerly anticipated novel from the bestselling author of A Student of Weather and Garbo Laughs Harry Boyd, a hard bitten refugee from failure in Toronto television, has returned to a small radio station in the Canadian North There, in Yellowknife, in the summer of 1975, he falls in love with a voice on air, though the real woman, Dido Paris, is both a surprise and evThe eagerly anticipated novel from the bestselling author of A Student of Weather and Garbo Laughs Harry Boyd, a hard bitten refugee from failure in Toronto television, has returned to a small radio station in the Canadian North There, in Yellowknife, in the summer of 1975, he falls in love with a voice on air, though the real woman, Dido Paris, is both a surprise and even than he imagined Dido and Harry are part of the cast of eccentric, utterly loveable characters, all transplants from elsewhere, who form an unlikely group at the station Their loves and longings, their rivalries and entanglements, the stories of their pasts and what brought each of them to the North, form the centre One summer, on a canoe trip four of them make into the Arctic wilderness following in the steps of the legendary Englishman John Hornby, who, along with his small party, starved to death in the barrens in 1927 , they find the balance of love shifting, much as the balance of power in the North is being changed by the proposed Mackenzie Valley gas pipeline, which threatens to displace Native people from their land.Elizabeth Hay has been compared to Annie Proulx, Alice Hoffman, and Isabel Allende, yet she is uniquely herself With unforgettable characters, vividly evoked settings, in this new novel, Hay brings to bear her skewering intelligence into the frailties of the human heart and her ability to tell a spellbinding story Written in gorgeous prose, laced with dark humour, Late Nights on Air is Hay s most seductive and accomplished novel yet.On the shortest night of the year, a golden evening without end, Dido climbed the wooden steps to Pilot s Monument on top of the great Rock that formed the heart of old Yellowknife In the Netherlands the light was long and gradual too, but meadowy, watery, or else hazier, depending on where you were Here, it was subarctic desert, virtually unpopulated, and the light was uniformly clear.On the road below, a small man in a black beret was bending over his tripod just as her father used to bend over his tape recorder Her father s voice had become the wallpaper inside her skull, he d made a home for himself there as improvised and unexpected as these little houses on the side of the Rock houses with histories of instability, of changing from gambling den to barber shop to sheet metal shop to private home, and of being moved from one part of town to another since they had no foundations From Late Nights On AirFrom the Hardcover edition.

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    1. Elizabeth Hay

      From Elizabeth Hay s web site Elizabeth Hay was born in Owen Sound, Ontario, the daughter of a high school principal and a painter, and one of four children When she was fifteen, a year in England opened up her world and set her on the path to becoming a writer She attended the University of Toronto, then moved out west, and in 1974 went north to Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories For the next ten years she worked as a CBC radio broadcaster in Yellowknife, Winnipeg, and Toronto, and eventually freelanced from Mexico In 1986 she moved from Mexico to New York City, and in 1992, with her husband and two children, she returned to Canada, settling in Ottawa, where she has lived ever since.In 2007 Elizabeth Hay s third novel, Late Nights on Air, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize Her first novel was A Student of Weather 2000 , a finalist for the Giller Prize, the Ottawa Book Award, and the Pearson Canada Reader s Choice Award at The Word on the Street, and winner of the CAA MOSAID Technologies Inc Award for Fiction and the TORGI Award Her second novel, Garbo Laughs 2003 , won the Ottawa Book Award and was shortlisted for the Governor General s Award Hay is also the author of Crossing the Snow Line stories, 1989 The Only Snow in Havana non fiction, 1992 , which was a co winner of the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non fiction Captivity Tales Canadians in New York non fiction, 1993 , and Small Change stories, 1997 , which was a finalist for the Governor General s Award, the Trillium Book Award, and the Rogers Communications Writers Trust Fiction Prize Hay received the Marian Engel Award for her body of work in 2002.

    669 thoughts on “Late Nights on Air”

    1. If you like fast paced, action filled, plot driven novels, this this is not your book. However, if you, like myself, love beautiful prose, slowly mounting realizations, characters you come to know and love little by little, and immersion into their lives and the story being told, grab this book and don't let go until you finish the last wonderful page.It takes place in the wilds of northern Canada in 1975, at a small radio station in Yellowknife. Harry Boyd is the station manager, overseeing the [...]

    2. Abandoned with some relief at 66%I was born in Canada & have family who moved to & had some success in Yellowknife. I've consciously (I'm sure I read a few books where I didn't know the author's nationality!)read very few Canadian authors, other than Margaret Atwood and L M Montgomery. I really wanted to like this book!Unfortunately the language is beautiful but empty & the plot (if you could call it that) moves at the speed of concrete. Other than Harry I never cared about any of th [...]

    3. I'm surprised that this novel won the Giller Prize - one of Canada's most prestigious literary awards. The pacing is glacial, the characters uninteresting, and there's no real plot; the whole book is a collection of situations which happen to the cast, and since we have no real reason to care about any of them there's little to make us want to turn the page. Late Nights on Air is simply not compelling, and I almost didn't finish reading it.I was drawn to the book because of its premise: a novel [...]

    4. Late Nights on Air is so fantastic and nostalgic that it's like opening an old box of Kodachrome slides at an antique shop. This 1970's-set story holds the spirit of Canada perfectly and is certainly worth reading.

    5. Elizabeth Hay worked as a radio broadcaster in Yellowknife forty years ago, and she revisits that isolated area in Late Nights on Air. Set in 1975, it was a time when radio was being replaced by television. The environment and the northern way of life was also being threatened by a proposal to cross the frozen Canadian tundra with a gas pipeline.The radio station employees are imperfect people who are searching for what they want in life. Some have traveled from more southern areas, hoping to fi [...]

    6. I almost didn't finish this book. The first 60 pages were tiresome to drag myself through. Then Ms. Hay caught me with something so "Northern Canada" that I was immediately hooked. It was a print out of messages that CBC used to read over the air -- things like " Joe Blogs, get in touch with the RCMP at Fort Rae for an urgent message from your brother Ron." or "To the Blogs family, Resolute Bay. Jannie had her baby. A boy, 7 lbs 2 ounces. Mom and baby are doing well and say hi."I lived for a sho [...]

    7. You can’t get much more Canadian than this novel—it is written by a former CBC employee, it involves the national radio service, there are questions of identity, there is self-discovery through a wilderness trip, and it takes place in the North, mythologized by all of us southern Canadians.Two young women, Gwen and Dido, come to Yellowknife to craft lives and identities for themselves through working on the radio. I related to Gwen’s search for herself through her radio work, having worked [...]

    8. You’ve heard it said, “hurts so good.” About the writing style of Elizabeth Hay, I can say: cuts so soft. Her words, her turn of phrase, her sweet sentence construction, it is as precise and expertly sculpted as with a sculptor’s chisel or a surgeon’s scalpel. Yet soft. The sharpest knife enters your flesh with hardly more than a red line—and finds its target. The heart. The reader’s mind. There are no ragged edges here. The setting for this novel intrigued me right away. The book [...]

    9. Aaah, like the tiny beautiful artic flowers, this is a finely woven tale. The characters are all searching for themselves in this most northern landscape where the air, light, sounds and silence are like no other. One could look at this landscape and see little but harshness, nothingness, cold or one could marvel in the beauty of life on small and vast scale, hear the wind speak and connect with the environment and others. The four main characters journey together and separately and each changes [...]

    10. A character in Elizabeth's book describes good script writing as having simplicity, directness, and intimacy. Late Night on Air achieves all three. Whether we love or hate the main characters by the end of the book, we also know them as well as our own skin. And we know something of the north--its timeless fragility, and its ability to both save and destroy those who venture there.

    11. I thought this book was a flawed masterpiece. The story of four quirky characters who meet at a radio station in Yellowknife in the 70's is many things: an ode to the Canadian north,a study of radio and the impact it has on isolated communities and individuals, an essay on the effect of development on the environment and indigenous people and at its heart, the tale of star-crossed lovers, Dido an enigmatic and seductive announcer with a fabulous voice and Harry,the hapless station manager with a [...]

    12. I love that this book is set in Canada and is written by a Canadian author, but I can't get into the story. I didn't understand it and did not feel any connection to the characters. And when I paused to stop reading it for a few days, it made me not want to pick up it up again, or try anything else. This one sadly, just isn't for me.

    13. I laughed and I cried and I marvelled and I kept reading in one long sitting. Very deserving of The Giller, in my opinion.

    14. "is summer of 1975 took on the mythical quality of a cloudless summer before the outbreak of war, or before the onset of the kind of restlessness, social, spiritual, that remakes the world."In the Canadian Northwest territories, a place of harsh winters and summers of unrelenting light, the hamlet of Yellowknife remains like an anachronism. Population ten thousand, including native people that have lived on this land for thousands of years; it was their flesh and blood. Now the Mackenzie Pipelin [...]

    15. elizabeth hay is an amazing writer. seriously beautiful with her prose. this story made me cry. twice. i don't tend to cry when i read books. but this is what happens to me when i read her books - i become so invested in the plot and with the characters that it seems so very real. the triumphs and tragedies sit with me personally and occupy space in my heart. if you are one to time your reads to the seasons, this is a perfect winter book.

    16. This book made me want to pack my bags, catch the first plane to the Yukon, and leave everything behind. Beautifully written, endlessly fascinating, and deeply poignant, Late Nights on Air was just the escape I needed right now.

    17. I find myself slightly annoyed after reading Late Nights on Air. I've never been up to the Territories but have long been slightly fascinated by the North: I would love to go on one of those Polar Bear tours up in Churchill, or see the Northern Lights in Whitehorse, or witness the Caribou migration (as described here) outside of Yellowknife. I also know that I am too intimidated by the wilderness, and the wildlife in it, to ever attempt the epic canoe trip described in this book; in fact I'm too [...]

    18. I don't know how this won the Giller Prize. The selection must have been pretty dismal. Cliche characters (an "ugly duckling"-type girl getting a haircut and suddenly being beautiful), and even more cliche themes (an abused woman coming to work with dark sunglasses on, and later falling for the man she initially found repulsive), and the worst sex scene(s) I have ever read (his penis was like an O Henry barwhat?!?). Worse than all of this were the author's high school English class attempts at f [...]

    19. Not only did I positively dislike this book, I was downright angry by the time I tossed it aside, unfinished. It was recommended by my husband, which is why I tried to read it, but certainly not my kind of thing. I don't know if it's good literature or not, but I've read some good literature in my life and this doesn't even compare--in style, in interest, in anything. There appears to be no story, no plot. Just a wandering account of people living in Yellowknife, Northwest Territory, Canada. It [...]

    20. I admit that I have an affection for Canadian writers. This is a beautifully written book, the characters are rendered in much detail and the plot is believable. I liked the world she creates in her story and the setting of the radio station is interesting. Once I bought the book and looked at the author's photo I think that I may have met her when I was in Canada attending a music workshop. There were a bunch of writers who were also having a workshop in the same space. Funny coincidence.A real [...]

    21. Have I mentioned that I love Elizabeth Hay? Because I do!Normally, I can't stand anecdotes and asides. I prefer to settle into a narrative. But Hay has turned disparate and fragmented stories--some true!--into a symphony of voices, all beautifully, poignantly intertwined.A Student of Weather is still my favorite of hers, but I can see why this one has been so well received.

    22. This book charms and takes you places you had no idea you were going. For one thing, it takes place in a place I've never been in story or reality. I liked the reality of the characters. No sugarcoating. No fear of really revealing. The style is also interesting. Brushstrokes of scenes and move on. Really fresh. It's a great story; one you think about afterwards and the ending is satisfying. What more can anyone ask?????

    23. I picked this up because it's set in Yellowknife, Canada, where we're going next week. The writing is languid and frequently lovely, but it felt like two books: one workplace drama, one outdoor adventure (with so many foreshadowings of disaster to come that I felt guilty about feeling that the eventual disaster was a bit of a letdown).

    24. Like many books set in the north, this is a slow enjoyable book where the landscape is as much s character as any of the people. There are multiple stories being told in this book, some are tragic and some are hopeful. Either way it is a beautiful book.

    25. Late Nights On Air takes place in the northern Canadian city of Yellowknife in 1975-76. Television was about to come to the Northwest Territories and a hearing was ongoing to assess the impact of a gas pipeline to be built from the north down "south of 60".  Radio, at the time, was one of the only connections to the outside world and a method of communication in much of the remote North.A lot of people escape to the North to run from something in their lives or they come North looking for somet [...]

    26. In the good old days, before we had to worry about the Internet killing off everything, we used to worry about the survival of radio. First television drove the industry into the music corner, and then corporate consolidation, rightwing cranks and shock jocks homogenized the dial to death. Let a thousand podcasts bloom, but they can't replace the special intimacy we used to feel late at night in the car or at home -- lonely or missing someone -- listening to the silky voice of a sympathetic deej [...]

    27. Along with many other reviews, I'm surprised this book was up for the Giller prize. The novel was so slow paced and monotonous, I really struggled to get through it. It wasn't until the end when they embarked on the journey that I was actually interested in reading. Throughout the whole book, not much actually went on. The book tried to bring up politics of the north and mention the pipeline, but I feel like It failed to bring any relevance or add anything to the story itself. Okay book if you l [...]

    28. I loved this book. the complex flawed characters, the intricate and subtle relationships, but mostly the immersion in the North and the raw imagery depicted vividly and beautifully. It makes Yellowknife a top destination for me and even the idea of going out to the edge of civilization appealing in a way I never thought it would be. I strongly recommend it.

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