This All Happened

This All Happened

A Fictional Memoir

Book - 2000
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The commodity a fiction writer sells is his own life, his spirit. This is especially true in fiction that draws from autobiography. In Michael Winter's journal-à-clef, This All Happened, we are exposed to the kernel of truth that exists in each day. Told from the viewpoint of Gabriel English, the work opens windows onto a richly textured, fast-paced filmic compilation of daily vignettes over one calendar year (if Fellini were a Newfoundlander...). Gabriel's promises and actions early in the year have their repercussions by the end. Gabriel's passion for Lydia Murphy leads him into paroxysms of jealousy-but he never abandons his shrewdly witty perspective on the vagaries of modern love. Concrete and delicately rendered, This All Happened depicts a man's descent from love to fury.
Publisher: Toronto : House of Anansi Press, 2000.
ISBN: 9780887846519
Characteristics: 287 p. ;,23 cm.


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Oct 27, 2013

Beautiful slice of life book with some lovely turns of phrases. I've underlined several passages in this novel that have rang true for me, or just hit me right in the heart. Great humour as well.

Sep 16, 2013

After meeting Michael Winter, a great Canadian character, I decided I had to read one of his books. I chose 'This all Happened', as it was being re-released by Anansi, which made me think it must be a great one. This book was very enjoyable. I could really identify with Gabe. And found myself laughing at having lived through certain things he wrote about. I found the writing to be very humorous. Somehow, it wasn't until half way through the book that I realized that it was a journal format of sorts. I'm not sure if that would have changed my reading of it at all. If you're looking for a great Canadian read, check this book out.

Mar 09, 2010

This is a book about a man trying to write a book. And yet so much more! Sure, Michael Winter is grappling with identity and modern masculinity (in a way that involves less drama and people getting shot than in let's say anything by Douglas Coupland), but more importantly, Winter is amazing at capturing the beauty of a moment. When reading this you'll want to write down sentences so you can keep them and return to them again and again. Someone stole my copy of this book. Probably so they could do just that.

Dec 18, 2008

This book is sweet, funny and insightful. Winter unerringly dissects the intimate minutiae of relationships with friends and lovers, while simultaneously maintaining a wry distance, and also looking out at the bigger world. His dialogue is at times devastatingly hilarious and moving.


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Dec 21, 2008

2 Words Lydia has for life are want, crave, desire, yearn, and who wouldnt want these words, but they do frighten me. The appetites. They are good for an actor to possess. Lydia is a good actor and a filmmaker, though she is not meticulous in her technique. The frame is full of life and love. In life she cares for colour, quality of fabric, but if there's a rent under the arm, she hardly notices. I have seen her orchestrate the actions of a hundred crew and cast. Giving direction is her normal bent. It's what attracts and detracts.

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