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Length: 382 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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"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." — The Globe and Mail (2012-08-27)

"Reminiscent, both in wit and sensibility, of Stephen Leacock." — Quill & Quire (2012-08-27)

"A little gem of a story that should be granted its appropriate label as a Canadian version of [Salman Rushdie's] Midnight's Children." — The Montreal Gazette (2012-08-27)

"Radiant with energy." — The Winnipeg Free Press (2012-08-27)

"The Republic of Nothing is an unpredictable universe . . . It's this unpredictability that makes the novel a success." — The Calgary Herald (2012-08-27)

"Choyce has mastered the skill of an old-fashioned story-teller." — The Cormorant (2012-08-27)

"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 (2012-08-27)

"The Republic of Nothing definitely has something to it." — FFWD (2012-08-27)

"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 (2012-08-27)

"This is Choyce's best book yet . . . a reminder that we all need to keep a little creative anarchy in our lives." — The Mail-Star (2012-08-27)

"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." — The Brunswickan (2012-08-27)

"Don't miss The Republic of Nothing." — The Guardian (2012-08-27)

"The Republic of Nothing weaves an intricate, sometimes hilarious, sometimes tragic narrative." — The Daily Gleaner (2012-08-27)

"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." — The Chronicle Herald (2012-08-27)

"A contemporary classic in Canadian literature." — The Telegraph Journal (2012-08-27)

"Quirky yet compelling drama." — Midwest Book Review (2012-08-27)

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"Like all great fiction, The Republic of Nothing speaks for all time. And like all great dramatists, Lesley Choyce can build a stage on Whalebone Island and bring the whole world to it." — Neil Peart (2012-05-04)

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  • File Size: 2129 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Goose Lane Editions; 3 edition (November 8, 2010)
  • Publication Date: November 8, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003ZUXXEC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,338,478 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PS WriterReader on August 2, 2010
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The tears are still drying on my face. Forget the make-up! Why haven't more of us in the USofA found this wonderful writer? I, too, would have remained ignorant if I hadn't had one of those serendipitous conversations with a customer service rep who happened to be located in Halifax. All I know about Halifax I learned from Robert MacNeil's engaging BURDEN OF DESIRE. So I mentioned that book to the young woman on the other end of the line, and she returned the favor by telling me that THE REPUBLIC OF NOTHING was her favorite book. I ordered it from Amazon that very day. I loved this novel from start to finish - the well drawn and appealing characters, the distinctive setting, the plot! A++++++. And, for those of us born around the time Choyce was born, the novels themes have to resonate deeply. Yet they are timeless and timely for today.
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Winner of the Dartmouth Book Award, The Republic of Nothing is a novel set in the 1960's on Whalebone Island, a.k.a. "The Republic of Nothing", a small dot of land off the coast of Nova Scotia that dares to declare its independence to the world. As the island's inhabitants become increasingly drawn into the turbulent politics of the day including the Vietnam War and the peace movement, an unexpected individual steps forward to society's rescue. Originally published in 1994, now in a new "Reader's Guide" edition featuring an afterword by Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart, The Republic of Nothing is a quirky yet compelling drama where anything and everything can happen, even as anarchy becomes increasingly prevalent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By readerwriter on May 29, 2013
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What a delightful surprise: a novel that's accessible, astute, timely and eternal. The Republic of Nothing achieves the depth of true literature, but without pretense and with a tremendous amount of good-humored compassion.

On a tiny island tenuously connected to mainland Nova Scotia, we meet characters who are both fallible and noble, certain and seeking, haunted and hopeful. Love, divided loyalties, politics, creative disobedience, and other surprises create a plot that is as natural and as quirky as real life. Spanning the rocky shoreline and the halls of power, the murky past and the starkly lit present, this novel is unflinching in its examination of the human heart and the dangerous implications of human hubris. Ultimately, though, it is an uplifting and hopeful novel, showing that food for thought can be deeply nourishing to both mind and spirit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kelly on October 20, 2002
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This book has to be the most unlikely success story!! If you go to school, you know that the books the teachers give you to read are generally either really old or really boring. I am suprised to say that this book is neither.
The book is a very vivid depiction of what it is like to seek independence from your family, and even your country. This books about a family that live on a secluded island off Nova Scotia, they call this island "The Republic of Nothing." They don't want to be a nation of anyone elses, they want to be on their own with no government. This book starts off as a book about an Utopian island, and that it becomes about one family, mainly the main character, trying to find their way. It has family struggles, committment, romance, comedy, politics, etc etc. This is definitly a book for everyone from a dreamer to a succeeder.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By that kid on January 27, 2005
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This book is, without a doubt, the best book I have read to date. Lesley Choyce does fantastic work with this story. This novel evokes every emotion - humor, excitement, anger, resentment, love, worry, jealousy - and does so in a natural, comfortable way. I can't give this book enough praise. Everyone should read it and hopefully enjoy it as much as I did.
Oh, and Alberta English 30-1 students, it's on your reading list and is probably the most fun choice [Choyce!]on the list.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Laroche on December 18, 2007
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This was the best book I've read in a long time. I found it by googling Neil Peart - I've read everything he has written, but always looking for more. He wrote the afterword for this book - and it was well-written. The book held my interest and took me back to the 60's.
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