Southwestern Ontario author John Passfield has embarked on a project to explore the concepts of form and meaning in the novel, as well as the place of the novel as a form of expression in the 21st century. The books below are recent entries in that project. All of the accompanying journals and notebooks are available for free download on the author's website at www.johnpassfield.ca.
Terry Fox: Somewhere the Hurting Must Stop
A one-legged boy, Terry Fox, has set himself the task of running a marathon a day across the length of Canada, the second largest country in the world, in aid of cancer research because the children are crying with pain in the cancer wards and somewhere the hurting must stop.
2019, paperback, 160 pages, 6 X 9, $24.95
Below, author John Passfield explores some of the ramifications of his novel-writing project. In the first column is a passage from the novel Job. In the second column, a passage from Passfield's planning notebook shows the evolution of his thinking about the structure and content of the novel. In the third column, a passage from Passfield's Journal shows his reflections on the meaning of the novel.
Bethune: The Only Person Alive in the World
Canadian doctor Norman Bethune's social conscience takes him on a journey through the Canada of the Great Depression, the Spain of the Spanish Civil War, and the China of the Chinese Civil War and Japanese invasion.
2017, paperback, 158 pages, 6 X 9, $24.95
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Job: The Cornerstone of the Universe
Devastated by the loss of his family, Job cries out to the heavens. Why has God forsaken him? Why is the universe so flawed? His agony has given him the questions. He insists on hearing the answers from the mouth of God.
2017, paperback, 144 pages, 6 X 9, $24.95