George And Rue

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HarperCollins, Dec 26, 2005 - Fiction - 288 pages
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By all accounts, the bludgeoning murder in 1949 of a taxi driverby brothers George and Rufus Hamilton was a "slug-ugly" crime. Georgeand Rue were hanged for it. Repelled and intrigued by his ancestral cousins’deeds, George Elliott Clarke uncovered a story of violence, poverty and shame—astory that led first to the Governor General’s Award–winning ExecutionPoems and culminated in Clarke’s brilliant and darkly comic debut novel.

Named an editor’s choice by The Bookseller inthe UK, George & Rue is a book about death that brims with fiercevitality and the sensual, rhythmic beauty that so often defines Clarke’swriting.

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Wow! This is some of the best writing I've come across in a while. Mr. Clarke can evoke deep impressions and emotions with his poetic style. This is the story of two brothers, growing up Black and ... Read full review

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It is a book that may be disturbing, controversial, and attacked for its portrayal of blacks in a Nova scotia community, but it is powerfully written about an actual crime, conviction and hanging by a ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

GEORGE ELLIOTT CLARKE is an award-winning poet, playwrightand screenwriter. He is the author of six books of poetry, including WhylahFalls, a 2002 CBC Canada Reads finalist, and Execution Poems, winnerof the 2001 Governor General’s Award for Poetry. Clarke was born in Windsor,Nova Scotia, near the black Loyalist community of Three Mile Plains. He nowlives in Toronto, where he is currently the E. J. Pratt Professor of CanadianLiterature at the University of Toronto, but also owns land in Nova Scotia. Hewas recently awarded the Trudeau Fellowship.

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