A prophetic novel about friends and lovers torn apart by the violence of Quebec separatism. First published in 1969, one year before the October Crisis in hardcover by Macmillan of London, and McClelland and Stewart of Toronto. Later reissued in paperback entitled Big Lonely by newpress in 1971, and then in a New Canadian Library edition, with an introduction by T.M.R. Bentley in 1978.
“…the narrative voice suits the action, with meditative but muscular prose…” – The Times Literary Supplement…
“A novel of Quebec in the throes of impending revolution…. tension and suspense that becomes almost unbearable.” – The Winnipeg Tribune
“terrific…I enjoyed it immensely” – Patrick Watson, author and broadcaster.
“Prophetic … the most compelling novel I’ve read in a long time.” Robert Kroetsch, author.
“The Lonely Ones, James Bacque’s first novel, competent, intelligent and fast. A modern love affair between a gentle English girl and an Anglo-French-Canadian, set realistically against a background of a violent Quebec. One of the best first novels in a year of good first novels.” Toronto Life, February 1970
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