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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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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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’s books include George & Rue, longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; Execution Poems, winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry; and Whylah Falls, chosen for CBC’s inaugural Canada Reads competition in 2002. In 2008, he was appointed to the Order of Canada at the rank of Officer. He is currently the Poet Laureate of Toronto, and teaches at the University of Toronto.

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