Complete summary of Hugh MacLennan’s Barometer Rising. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Barometer Rising. Barometer Rising By Hugh MacLennanAdapted For Radio By Rita Greer [Allen] Canada’s most famous explosion – Halifax, December 6, Hugh MacLennan’s first novel is a compelling romance set against the horrors of wartime and the catastrophic Halifax Explosion of December 6,

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Feb 22, Bob Newman rated it liked it. The narrative predominantly follows and pivots upon the romantic life of Penny Wain. Feb 20, Lucille rated it liked it Shelves: CanLit is not even 70 years old at the time this review is being written, and look at all the things we’ve accomplished!

The family is under the impression that Neil had died in the disgrace of desertion.

She encouraged him to write about Canada, the country he knew best. And McLenna’s prose is unbelievably melodramatic; he adores his adjectives, which is, honestly, an awful way to write.

BAROMETER RISING by Hugh MacLennan | Kirkus Reviews

That’s what Odysseus said to his wife when he got home. There is a particular passage describing the sun moving over the vastness of Canada that I have bookmarked and baromster return to often. This novel is also a thoughtful meditation on what it means to be Canadian, Nova Scotian and Haligonian in a time where Canada’s identity and future was anything but certain. What will happen if their paths crossed?

Summaries and Excerpts: Barometer rising / Hugh MacLennan ; introduction by Hugo McPherson.

How the evidence is secured — how he and Penelope batometer the child that had been the hidden result of a flare of passion get their chance to start life over again, is sympathetically handled.


Good story, I liked how Halifax was just as much a central character as the people. I thought it was interesting that the father was all but forgotten about unti I wish we had read this in high school or university for Canadian Lit or History. Certainly, the novel has had its share of criticism. Dec 04, Susan Grimshaw rated it really liked it. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

And then she felt saturated with anger and cold determination.


His father was not pleased with her American background and insisted that he not marry before becoming independent. Maxlennan resulting blast levelled the north end of the city, broke windows all over the city, even rattled dishes on shelves 60 – miles away.

The availability of items requested from other libraries may depend on the policies of the other libraries. A downgrade to four stars also honours a horse, whom Neil did not assist out of the snow!

Baromete aunt Mary is a dear woman.

A beautiful meditation on a unique Canadian community and family in crisis. The line in question is from The Aeneid, and one possible translation is “Perhaps it will be pleasing to remember even this one day.

This is one of those rare books where I feel even a tiny bit comfortable discussing themes and symbols. On the following morning, the Halifax Explosion occurs. This is a book about people figuring out their identity, their place in the world, both as individuals and as a collective. The relational dynamics are worked out in the two days leading up to the explosion and resolved after its terrible aftermath.

Wain seeks to bury the past and profit from the opportunities the war presents. Reading this book reminded me how much I have enjoyed visiting Halifax and Nova Scotia!


Angus eventually proposes marriage to Penny. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Penelope Wain believes that her lover, Neil Macrae, has been killed while serving overseas under her father. Penelope Wain believes that her cousin, Neil Macrae, has been killed while serving overseas under her father, Colonel Geoffrey Wain.

Her family had shut her in from the world when she was young; it had shut her out from itself when she had ceased being a child. Very moving, beautifully written, Barometer Rising is a must-read for Canadian literature fans and anyone interested in historical fiction. This novel is set during the days before and after the Halifax Explosion.

When the description of a Oh lord, this is awful. But we are not following the crew of this ill-fated vessel. His father was a stern Calvinist; his mother, creative, warm and dreamy. There was a problem adding your email address. The colonel had been offered a new position in the war, and the trial will ruin his promotion. Once the two men locate Penny, who had been wounded in the eye, Angus sets up a makeshift hospital at the Wains’ house. Pages to import images to Wikidata.

By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Prepare yourself for a lot of introspection, and all of the sexism. Wain’s daughter, Penelope, is Neil’s cousin and also the woman he loves. The April 3rd Incident.