• Title: More Joy in Heaven
  • Author: Morley Callaghan
  • ISBN: 9780771091179
  • Page: 308
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
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    More Joy in Heaven More Joy in Heaven sprung out of Morley Callaghan s fascination with Red Ryan a once infamous bank robber After his parole in Ryan was touted as an exemplary reformed criminal and enjoyed a bri
    More Joy in Heaven sprung out of Morley Callaghan s fascination with Red Ryan, a once infamous bank robber After his parole in 1935, Ryan was touted as an exemplary reformed criminal and enjoyed a brief spell of celebrity in Toronto Ryan quickly lapsed and was killed within a year Callaghan, troubled by the papers glib treatment of the incident, decided to write a noveMore Joy in Heaven sprung out of Morley Callaghan s fascination with Red Ryan, a once infamous bank robber After his parole in 1935, Ryan was touted as an exemplary reformed criminal and enjoyed a brief spell of celebrity in Toronto Ryan quickly lapsed and was killed within a year Callaghan, troubled by the papers glib treatment of the incident, decided to write a novel about it Red Ryan is not to be found in More Joy in Heaven in his stead, Callaghan creates Kip Caley, a genuinely reformed bank robber Caley is physically imposing but almost embarrassingly earnest and idealistic On his release, he takes a job at a sportsman s hotel in his Ontario hometown, sitting in the bar and acting as an attraction, talking with anyone who wishes to meet with him Local politicians treat him like a promising but overgrown child a testament to the social system that their careers depend upon As time wears on, however, Caley s novelty vanishes, and he is left with next to nothing beyond the woman he loves and a couple of unrepentant jailbird friends from his prison years This is a short novel, and Callaghan s technique prospers in this setting His use of working class idiom is forced and unconvincing his characters sound like refugees from a mediocre 1930s talkie but his attention to moral and political subtleties is impressive More Joy in Heaven raises many questions about the uneasy relationship between crime, the media, and the state, questions that are just as relevant and difficult to answer now as they were in the days of Red Ryan Jack Illingworth

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    1. Callaghan is consistently a surprisingly good writer. I still have a bit of a prejudice against him for the fact he was writing Canlit in the '30s, because I assume that it'll be boring, moralistic, or stodgy in some other way. Never am I right in asserting that, and my initial misgivings turn into pleasure as I find myself enjoying the book. Such Is My Beloved, for instance, I was wary of it redeemed itself. This book is at least twice as good.And it's not like I hate the 1930's - some of my fa [...]

    2. I liked this book, especially the ending, but it was so overwhelmingly negative that it left a bad taste in my mouth. The only one who is cheerful, optimistic, and self-confident is the tragic victim of the story. Why are so many classics about what a dark place the world is and how flawed people are? It's the reason I have a hard time liking "good" books and gravitate towards mysteries, romance, and fantasy. Why do "realistic" novels have to be so damned depressing?"In the even, timeless flow t [...]

    3. While a bit dry in a very Canadian way (think Roberston Davies), Callaghan carries much more emotion in this thematically deep book. While the tragic ending is known to the reader from the get-go, the final pages are a hard emotional journey that questions society's notions of justice, charity, and humanity.

    4. This novel, published in the mid 1930s, is considered to be one of Callaghan’s best. He tells an interesting story based on the experience of a real life criminal and through the story leads the reader to consider some important questions about individual freedom as well as societal questions of parole reform.The novel was inspired by Norman Ryan, a man who committed a number of robberies in Quebec, Ontario and the United States. While in prison he underwent a transformation with the help of a [...]

    5. More Joy in Heaven was not a read I picked out for myself. Thank you public school.The first time reading More Joy in Heaven, I found it very hard to become immersed in Kip Caley's story as a parolee newly released from prison. To me, the plot seemed lethargic and slow, the characters nonrelational, and even Kip's ultimate failure failed to touch me. However, on the second time around, I began to appreciate Morley Callaghan's deceptively simple tale.More Joy in Heaven centres around a seemingly [...]

    6. This book was great. Morley Callaghan is 2/2 with me. I'd read Such Is My Beloved a few years ago and it was my favorite for a period of time. Like that book, More Joy In Heaven deals with faith - faith in oneself, faith placed in one by the community, and faith the faith one has in others. Interesting ideas on violence as well. Well paced, and full of fleshed out seedy characters. An excellent book. Morley Callaghan is the best. He knocked out Hemingway.

    7. I read this book based on critics' reviews, which usually works. Because he was allowed to hang around Hemingway in Paris and imitated his style, I thought I would discover and enjoyable talent--the emphasis here being on "enjoyable". I even made it a point of buying it in Canada where Morley hails from and writes about. I suggest reading all of Hemingway before bothering with Callaghan.

    8. Fuck. I just lost the page long review I just gave this book. Hit save and it just hung there forever. My own fault. ALWAYS MAKE A COPY BEFORE YOU TRY SUBMITTING A REVIEW. I'm too upset to try recreating it right now. Fuck.

    9. Re-read after many years. It stands up because of Callaghan's insight and charity. A common story told with compassion and an ear for everyday speech.

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