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Author: Christopher Adam

Snapshots from 2018 — My photos from here and abroad

Standing on the threshold of a new year, I am bidding farewell to 2018 with a selection of photographs I took both at home and abroad. This year I traveled to Saskatchewan, Ohio, Kentucky, Hungary and Portugal. Let’s begin with photos from my trip at the end of May to Saskatchewan, where I was fortunate to visit the historic, late…

British author Matt McAvoy reviews “I Have Demons” by Christopher Adam

Adam is an extremely articulate author, who is flawless with grammar and very easy to read; I absorbed the whole of this trio of tales in one sitting. Set in both rural and urban Canada, the stories are short and relatable slice-of-life snippets, character-based, without any real sense of drama; the basis of the book seems to be a metaphorical…

Book Review: Requiem for a Dream by Hubert Selby Jr.

The rich internal monologues and heavily accented dialogues, giving away the socio-cultural background of these Brooklyn residents, are what make Hubert Selby Jr.’s 1978 novel Requiem for a Dream such compelling reading. The fact that all of this dialogue is fully embedded in paragraphs, one sliding into the other, and that it lacks quotation marks (as well as apostrophes), can make…

Book Review: The Uncensored Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray was Oscar Wilde’s seminal work. And it was also the story which, in the eyes of his scandalized detractors, helped confirm the belief that older gentlemen of influence and financial means, particularly the nobility, often corrupted younger men of lower social standing by making them the targets of their “unnatural” and self-indulgent sexual vices and…

Book Review: The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh

Evelyn Waugh was a master of the English language and of dry, witty writing. He certainly proved as much in his 1948 novel The Loved One: An Anglo-American Tragedy. The novel, based in part on Waugh’s observations during a visit to Hollywood, explores the stuffy pretensions of the British expatriate community in Los Angeles and the cultural divide between Britons and Americans.…

Book Review — The Book of a Mormon: The Real Life and Strange Times of an LDS Missionary by Scott D. Miller

Who hasn’t come into contact with Mormon missionaries–the mostly very young, mild-mannered and smiling men dressed conservatively in a suit and tie, who we are to address as elder? Over the years I have read enough about the ascetic and grueling lives of Mormon missionaries to feel quite strongly that they deserve politeness and compassion from the people they approach…

Book review: A Question of Survival by Gene LaLonde

Author Gene LaLonde is a survivalist from upstate New York and it would appear as though Dave and Becky, the two main characters in his book, A Question of Survival, are very much based on himself and his wife. (The latter is acknowledged and thanked for having proofread this self-published novel.) Set in rural Vermont, LaLonde tells the story of…

I Have Demons — Ottawa book launch

It seemed fitting to launch my book in Ottawa and, more specifically, in the city’s east-end, given that the three stories in I Have Demons are so closely intertwined with the social and geographic landscape of the Canadian capital. The book launch took place on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at the Rideau-Vanier Community Centre and included a book signing, a reading,…

Autumn snapshots…

One of my favourite weekend pastimes is to take regional road trips, mostly in eastern Ontario and in New York’s North Country. In most cases, my only companion is my camera and my only souvenirs are the photos I take along the way. For well over ten years, photography has been a hobby of mine and with winter now looming…