Hugh MacLennan’s first novel is a compelling romance set against the horrors of wartime and the catastrophic Halifax Explosion of December 6, 1917.
This book could not keep me awake. The author goes into so much detail on the silliest things that noone cares about or will ever remember. I give it a thumbs down!
This book has been a staple in Canadian classrooms for years, and there is rarely a native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, who hasn't read this story. I personally didn't get to read it until I was out of school, but it immediately became one of my favorites.
Set against World War I Halifax, Nova Scotia, Barometer Rising begins in the days before the 1917 Explosion that levelled part of the city. The main plot follows Neil Macrae and Penny Wain, former lovers who were separated by war and betrayal. When Neil returns to seek vengeance for all he's lost, Penny's world is turned upside-down. Then, on December 6, 1917, everything changes for the entire cast of characters.
The story itself is engrossing, but what's impressive is the way MacLennan makes the reader feel as though he or she has stepped back in time. Highly recommended.