Bellevue Square

by Michael Redhill | Other | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0385684835 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingcestmoiwing of Hamilton, Ontario Canada on 2/7/2023
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Journal Entry 1 by wingcestmoiwing from Hamilton, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, February 7, 2023
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*Winner of the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize*

A darkly comic literary thriller about a woman who fears for her sanity—and then her life—when she learns that her doppelganger has appeared in a local park.

Jean Mason has a doppelganger. She's never seen her, but others swear they have. Apparently, her identical twin hangs out in Kensington Market, where she sometimes buys churros and drags an empty shopping cart down the streets, like she's looking for something to put in it. Jean's a grown woman with a husband and two kids, as well as a thriving bookstore in downtown Toronto, and she doesn't rattle easily—not like she used to. But after two customers insist they've seen her double, Jean decides to investigate.

She begins at the crossroads of Kensington Market: a city park called Bellevue Square. Although she sees no one who looks like her, it only takes a few visits to the park for her to become obsessed with the possibility of encountering her twin in the flesh. With the aid of a small army of locals who hang around in the park, she expands her surveillance, making it known she'll pay for information or sightings. A peculiar collection of drug addicts, scam artists, philanthropists, philosophers and vagrants—the regulars of Bellevue Square—are eager to contribute to Jean's investigation. But when some of them start disappearing, she fears her alleged double has a sinister agenda. Unless Jean stops her, she and everyone she cares about will face a fate much stranger than death.

Journal Entry 2 by wingcestmoiwing at Hamilton, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, February 7, 2023
What a strange story. It asks "How do we know if our life is real or imagined in our head?" Our brains are wonderous things. What if we are all figments of our own imaginations? What if, like the holodeck, we only exist within our own bubble?

I particularly liked this book because its set in Toronto (my home city) and I recognized all the places mentioned in the novel and could see the routes and places described so well.

Journal Entry 3 by wingcestmoiwing at Waterloo, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Released 1 yr ago (2/15/2023 UTC) at Waterloo, Ontario Canada

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Journal Entry 4 by Bookgirrl at Acton, Ontario Canada on Sunday, February 26, 2023
Being a low-tech person, I didn't have the means to make a JE once I left the house (cell only texts or make phone calls), so now I am getting around to making a JE about this book. It was part of a bookbox sent via MathGirl40, via Cestmoi. I have already read this novel, and so I took it to Harbord House Pub today for our meetup. If you are interested, here is my JE from when I read
Bellevue Square: "This book is quite a trip. Sometimes I had to re-read parts as it got rather confusing. As for the jacket description, it leads you to believe this is some kind of murder/thriller story, while it's more about getting right inside the world of someone having a mental breakdown - psychosis, hallucinations, paranoia. Jean lives in two worlds, and it's the world of her haywire brain that dominates. A beautifully written book, but not an easy read." For the entire thread (quite a history)...here goes: https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/15382174

Journal Entry 5 by miss-efficiency at Toronto, Ontario Canada on Sunday, March 12, 2023
Picked this up at our BookCrossing meetup. If I didn't take it Cestmoi was going to take it home and read it for a third time. I'll either read it and take it back, or hang onto it for a few years and bring it back unread (as is my pattern lately) and by then anyone who picks it up will have a different perspective. Not gonna lie, the consensus that it requires multiple readings to understand it is daunting.

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