The Republic of Nothing: Reader's Guide Edition

Lesley Choyce (Author) Neil Peart (Afterword by)

Product Details

Goose Lane Editions
Publish Date
February 01, 2007
5.59 X 0.98 X 8.41 inches | 0.97 pounds
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About the Author

Lesley Choyce lives at Lawrencetown Beach and is the author of 65 books including The Coasts of Canada, a history of the country's shorelines. He has also edited a companion volume to Nova Scotia: Shaped by the Sea titled Nova Scotia: A Traveler's Companion.
Neil Peart is the drummer and lyricist of the legendary rock band Rush and the author of Ghost Rider, The Masked Rider, Traveling Music, Roadshow, Far and Away, Far and Near, and, with Kevin J. Anderson, Clockwork Angels and Clockwork Lives.


"Reminiscent, both in wit and sensibility, of Stephen Leacock." - Quill & Quire - 20120827
"A little gem of a story that should be granted its appropriate label as a Canadian version of [Salman Rushdie's] Midnight's Children." - Montreal Gazette - 20120827
"Radiant with energy." - Winnipeg Free Press - 20120827
"The Republic of Nothing definitely has something to it." - FFWD - 20120827
"The Republic of Nothing is the product of a sprawling and original literary imagination, bustling with colourful and sympathetic characters, bursting with fanciful incident, and propelled by a relentless narrative drive. It is, quite simply, a good read." - Pottersfield Portfolio - 20120827
"If you need a little Zen in your life, The Republic of Nothing is a good way to learn to extricate yourself from the beaten path and find the wonder of nothingness." - Brunswickan - 20120827
"The Republic of Nothing weaves an intricate, sometimes hilarious, sometimes tragic narrative." - Daily Gleaner - 20120827
"The fact that the book has lasted for 10 years is a testimony to its popularity in these days when few books retain any life or fame after a year." - Chronicle Herald - 20120827
"A contemporary classic in Canadian literature." - Telegraph Journal - 20120827
"Quirky yet compelling drama." - Midwest Book Review - 20120827
"A national treasure." - Ottawa Citizen - 20161001
"The written word is a powerful tool in Lesley Choyce's hands." - Vancouver Sun - 20161001
"A triple-decker of a yarn shot through with mythic possibilities, it's part fairy tale, part adventure story and part coming-of-age testimonial; it manages to be earnest and absurd, poetic and humorous all at once ... a pleasure to read." - Globe and Mail - 20120827
"The Republic of Nothing is an unpredictable universe ... It's this unpredictability that makes the novel a success." - Calgary Herald - 20120827
"Choyce has mastered the skill of an old-fashioned story-teller." - Cormorant - 20120827
"Choyce takes this deceptively simple story and ... fills it with characters who are wry, warm, funny, and magical. This is by far the author's best novel." - Canadian Book Review Annual - 20120827
"This is Choyce's best book yet ... a reminder that we all need to keep a little creative anarchy in our lives." - Mail-Star - 20120827
"Don't miss The Republic of Nothing." - Guardian - 20120827
"An unpredictable universe ... It's this unpredictability that makes the novel a success." - Calgary Herald - 1691001