The Last of the Crazy People

The Last of the Crazy People The Last of the Crazy People is Timothy Findley s first novel the compelling story of an eleven year old boy s private world of bewilderment and conflict His mother won t leave her room his adored o

  • Title: The Last of the Crazy People
  • Author: Timothy Findley
  • ISBN: 9780140068467
  • Page: 104
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Last of the Crazy People is Timothy Findley s first novel, the compelling story of an eleven year old boy s private world of bewilderment and conflict His mother won t leave her room, his adored older brother is drinking, and his father is obsessed with the family s disintegration, but seems unable to fix it Left to himself, Hooker broods on events and takes terriThe Last of the Crazy People is Timothy Findley s first novel, the compelling story of an eleven year old boy s private world of bewilderment and conflict His mother won t leave her room, his adored older brother is drinking, and his father is obsessed with the family s disintegration, but seems unable to fix it Left to himself, Hooker broods on events and takes terrifying steps to end the confusion.

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    About "Timothy Findley"

    1. Timothy Findley

      Timothy Irving Frederick Findley was a Canadian novelist and playwright He was also informally known by the nickname Tiff or Tiffy, an acronym of his initials.One of three sons, Findley was born in Toronto, Ontario, to Allan Gilmour Findley, a stockbroker, and his wife, the former Margaret Maude Bull His paternal grandfather was president of Massey Harris, the farm machinery company He was raised in the upper class Rosedale district of the city, attending boarding school at St Andrew s College although leaving during grade 10 for health reasons He pursued a career in the arts, studying dance and acting, and had significant success as an actor before turning to writing He was part of the original Stratford Festival company in the 1950s, acting alongside Alec Guinness, and appeared in the first production of Thornton Wilder s The Matchmaker at the Edinburgh Festival He also played Peter Pupkin in Sunshine Sketches, the CBC Television adaptation of Stephen Leacock s Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town.Though Findley had declared his homosexuality as a teenager, he married actress photographer Janet Reid in 1959, but the union lasted only three months and was dissolved by divorce or annulment two years later Eventually he became the domestic partner of writer Bill Whitehead, whom he met in 1962 Findley and Whitehead also collaborated on several documentary projects in the 1970s, including the television miniseries The National Dream and Dieppe 1942.Through Wilder, Findley became a close friend of actress Ruth Gordon, whose work as a screenwriter and playwright inspired Findley to consider writing as well After Findley published his first short story in the Tamarack Review, Gordon encouraged him to pursue writing actively, and he eventually left acting in the 1960s.Findley s first two novels, The Last of the Crazy People 1967 and The Butterfly Plague 1969 , were originally published in Britain and the United States after having been rejected by Canadian publishers Findley s third novel, The Wars, was published to great acclaim in 1977 and went on to win the Governor General s Award for English language fiction It was adapted for film in 1981.Timothy Findley received a Governor General s Award, the Canadian Authors Association Award, an ACTRA Award, the Order of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Award, and in 1985 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada He was a founding member and chair of the Writers Union of Canada, and a president of the Canadian chapter of PEN International.His writing was typical of the Southern Ontario Gothic style Findley, in fact, first invented its name and was heavily influenced by Jungian psychology Mental illness, gender and sexuality were frequent recurring themes in his work His characters often carried dark personal secrets, and were often conflicted sometimes to the point of psychosis by these burdens.He publicly mentioned his homosexuality, passingly and perhaps for the first time, on a broadcast of the programme The Shulman File in the 1970s, taking flabbergasted host Morton Shulman completely by surprise.Findley and Whitehead resided at Stone Orchard, a farm near Cannington, Ontario, and in the south of France In 1996, Findley was honoured by the French government, who declared him a Chevalier de l Ordre des arts et des lettres.Findley was also the author of several dramas for television and stage Elizabeth Rex, his most successful play, premiered at the Stratford Festival of Canada to rave reviews and won a Governor General s award His 1993 play The Stillborn Lover was adapted by Shaftesbury Films into the television film External Affairs, which aired on CBC Television in 1999 Shadows, first performed in 2001, was his last completed work Findley was also an active mentor to a number of young Canadian writers, including Marnie Woodrow and Elizabeth Ruth.

    144 thoughts on “The Last of the Crazy People”

    1. This book plodded along stealth-like, with an intriguing although unreliable narrator: the 11-yr-old Hooker, whose mute confusion and sadness were so very painful to bear witness to but who was also in some ways inaccessible for much of this very short novel. It was hard to know where the story was going - and even whose story it was - until the end, when the book turned dark and then darker still. In the last 50 pages, Findley spins kaleidoscopically around the family, finally giving the reader [...]


    2. I've heard nothing but amazing things about Timothy Findley -- but perhaps I should've started with "Not Wanted on the Voyage" (if only it'd been in at the library!).Last of the Crazy People is a bizarre story. Our protagonist is a young boy whose mother has locked herself in her bedroom in anger, whose older brother who is in a constant struggle with adult society, whose father isn't, whose aunt obsessively straightens her hair pins and tries to control the living, and whose somewhat-ally is th [...]


    3. I can't believe that this isn't a southern novel. It has all the elements:eccentric, brooding characters CHECKdeposed aristocractic family CHECKrambling old house in a field CHECKDistressed race relations CHECKQuestionable names for characters and pets CHECKI love this book that is mysteriously set in Canada. It's equal parts Faulkner's South, Flannery O'Conner's twisted morality and J.D. Salinger's existential dialogue. The writing is spare and exact. There is this tension throughout the book b [...]


    4. The book will leave you stunned, heartbroken as it's done with me, and I've had and incredibly hard time, trying to find the right words, to describe the book. The characters and story, are haunting, it touches on a lot of themes and issues, one of which is very close to my heart. It was an enjoyable read, and one I'd highly recommend. Hooker was a complex character, who I really felt for. He's difficult to truly know and understand, but I think it worked well for him, because as a reader, you m [...]


    5. That Timothy Findley wrote beautiful, moving books is not in question, and "The Last of the Crazy People is no exception. We meet the Winslow family during the summer of 1964, and as Findley spins for us the web of what we know will be their final days, we can't help but get drawn into the silence of their madness. What I liked best about this book, better than any of the characters or even the narrative, is the brooding, oppressive atmosphere Findley creates by allowing the reader to experience [...]


    6. This is the first Findley tale I had ever read and this is where my long time love affair with the author and his works began. A powerful story with extreme resluts, but beautiful and moving nonetheless.


    7. Madness and dysfunction comes to life in this tale, as seen from the eyes of a young boy trapped in the front row.


    8. Mesmerising. Findley's portrayal of an 11yo in 1964 is utterly persuasive, as we're absorbed by how he sees the world of his eccentric and dysfunctional family, and the book draws to its horrendous and inevitable conclusion




    9. I originally bought this book because it seemed similar of 'We Need to Talk About Kevin' to me when I read the blurb, and I really enjoyed that book. As it turned out, it wasn't at all like 'Kevin' but it was good nonetheless, and I really enjoyed it. It's not a long book, but it's interestingly written. It follows the life of a young, isolated boy called Hooker, who doesn't really understand why his mum spends all her time in her room and the things his brother talks about. Hooker doesn't reall [...]


    10. This book, while being absolutely engrossing, overwhelmingly brutal, heavily emotional, and elegantly written, was also a very convoluted one. You are left almost as confused as Hooker in the wake of events that seem to blend together in a destructive and malevolent haze of the crazed adult world. I will admit, personally, that I had a problem with how overloaded the story was with sub-text because of this narrative style. It is often-times difficult for me to keep up with certain character arch [...]


    11. There is a great deal of dreamy narrative prose in this, Timothy Findley's first novel. He would go on to refine and improve his technigque over the years, until it flowed like poetrybut in this first attempt, it's a little overdone. I kept hoping these mental digressions would end, and the focus return to the more interesting machinations of the main plot: a surprisingly harrowing take on mental illness, particularly for a novel published in 1967. The tragic & terrible ending will leave you [...]


    12. I first read The Last of the Crazy People by Timothy Findley back in 2007 for a writer's craft class in high school. The Last of the Crazy People tells a haunting story and each character constantly has you wondering what is truly going on inside of them. The novel deals with issues such as mental health, alcoholism and family relationships. The Last of the Crazy People is a decent introduction to the work of Timothy Findley.


    13. I LOVED this novel. Its portrayal of mentally ill people is not offensive and actually darn realistic. The plot itself is crazy good with tons of twists and interesting events to keep the reader engaged. Favourite character? Gilbert. He's a tragic, deep, and intelligent character. I can picture him as a heartthrob without his alcoholism, honestly.


    14. Stunning and poignant. Here is a book where you really ache for the protagonist and feel an emotional investment in his story. It's a must re-read as well; with so many layers of nuance and imagery it's hard to really get it all the first time around. I found myself going back and re-reading certain sections as it was. Excellent book! And as a bonus has cats too ;)


    15. A very intense novel. From start to finish you wonder what will happen. I feel on edge just reviewing it. The title of this book will always bring you shivers after reading it. It's a very sad but thought provoking story.


    16. I loved this book, everything about it. An evocative and insidious Canadian story about a child coping with his dysfunctional family, The Last of the Crazy People is fantastically dark and original.


    17. I first read this in high school and it has stuck with me ever since. It's one of those books that leaves you with the strangest feelingyou're not sure what it is but it's left an impact and you'll ponder this feeling for years to come.


    18. The plot is one which may be hard to follow but it may affect many if a very personal way as it includes many concepts in everyday lives.



    19. For some reason I feel surprised and yet I feel like I should have seen it coming! The strength and charm is definitely in the simplicity of an 11 year old boy's struggle to understand.





    20. I loved Findley's book "HeadHunter" I did not love this one. Too gloomy, too inevitably going to come to a bad conclusion. Good depiction of madness and how it poisons the whole family.




    21. similar to 'we need to talk about kevin' except not quite as disturbing, and one feels sympathetic towards the main character.


    22. I could really identify with the boy in this novel. The lonliness and isolation of childhood. Very moving book.


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