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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The Halifax maclwnnan of is the backdrop for this story of a disgraced soldier returning to his homeland to confront the man who disgraced him.

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She had been so sure of his sincerity that his answers had finally mac,ennan any lingering hope that Neil might still be living, in spite of everything. I knew that this book is a work of historical fiction set in Halifax inthe week surrounding the Halifax Explosion on December 6th. Feb 27, Kim rated it it was amazing Uhgh Penelope Wain believes that her lover, Neil Macrae, has been killed while serving overseas under her father.

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

Try it, you might like it, but if disasters are not your bag, then avoid this book because the main character is an explosion. The book’s portrayal of women, particularly Penelope Bwrometer, is restrictively traditional and unsatisfying: Retrieved from ” https: Although dated I found much of interest in this novel of the Halifax, Nova Scotia explosion of He drew upon his own experiences of the Halifax Explosion, having survived it as ten year old boy, [1] but also on Homer ‘s Odyssey for narrative direction.


I can’t believe no teacher or professor ever encouraged me to read it. The author wove the the characters together and apart very well. Nov 07, Pages Buy.

That tells you this is one special novel. As a poet, MacLennan is blessed with a gift for description.

I really enjoyed this novel, much more than I expected. What neither Penelope or her father knows is that Neil is madlennan dead, but has returned to Halifax to clear his name.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Jun 27, Natalie Joan rated it really liked it. Jean had been adopted and cared for by her aunt and uncle. Penelope Wain believes that her cousin, Neil Macrae, has been killed while maflennan overseas under her father, Colonel Geoffrey Wain.

Jan 14, Dianne Swanson rated it really liked it. This is top pop reading, intelligent writing and characterization, a deftly interwoven background Halifax, Nova Scotia, during the rislng World Warand a romantic story. His descriptions of the Halifax explosion were detailed and vivid. Apr 06, Debbie rated it really liked it. The resulting blast levelled the north end of the city, broke windows all over the city, even rattled dishes on shelves 60 – miles away.


It explores issues concerning the place of Canada in the early twentieth century, ‘old country’ people from the Highlands of Scotland and those who have been in Risung for four generations. She encouraged him to write about Canada, the country he knew best.

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Angus intrudes upon the reunion to warn Neil of the colonel’s intentions. He could never have brought himself to lie about a thing like that. Trivia About Barometer Eising.

At the end of the novel MacRae and Penelope Wain are poised to depart from “old” Halifax for the dynamic potential of the westward regions of the country.

For example, the foghorns whose sounds permeated the walls of the Wain household. Penny is understandably anxious about everything coming out well with Neil.