The Perfect Order of Things

Overview

Like a tourist visiting his own life, David Gilmour’s narrator journeys in time to reexamine those critical moments that created him. He revisits the terrible hurt of a first love, the shock of a parent’s suicide, the trauma of a best friend’s bizarre dissembling, and the pain and humiliation of unrelenting jealousy, among other rites of passage. Set within an episodic narrative arc stories about the profound effect of Tolstoy, of the Beatles, of the cult of celebrity, of the delusion of drugs, and of the literary life on the winding road of the narrator’s progress. This compelling and deeply interesting picaresque novel is a creative tour de force from the hand of one of our master storytellers.

The Perfect Order of Things breaks new fictional ground and is an astonishing story of a life lived fully and with breathtaking passion. David Gilmour is a novelist who has earned critical praise from literary figures as diverse as William Burroughs and Northrop Frye, and from publications as different as the New York Times to People magazine.

The author of six novels, he also hosted the award-winning Gilmour on the Arts. In 2005, his novel A Perfect Night to Go to China won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction. His next book, The Film Club, was a finalist for the 2008 Charles Taylor Prize. It became an international bestseller, and has sold over 200,000 copies in Germany and over 100,000 copies in Brazil. He lives in Toronto with his wife.

Reviews

...a masterpiece of irony, subversive humour and astonishing self-mockery.... a beguiling book...Gilmour handles his material with style and finesse, with a delicious sense of irony and with a creative jouissance. Here is a novel that gleams with intelligence, humour and wickedly precise observation. Read it, and wince.

Globe and Mail

Often books are judged by how they keep readers reading; much has to be said for the book that makes you stop in wonder. The Perfect Order of Things is such a book, and Gilmour's sensitive and cultivated nurturing of narrative provides a pleasure beyond words.

Edmonton Journal

Taken as a memoir, or as a volume of collected prose, The Perfect Order of Things is a success; each piece is a pleasure to read. Gilmour's writing is always sharp, at times tender, at others caustically humorous. There is a wealth of engaging stories here that Gilmour handles with economy and considerable craft.

National Post

...if there's a damaged character in any of [David Gilmour's] novels, it's the narrator. Like a waspy Woody Allen, this persona is always as self-obsessed as he is self-aware, a combination that makes for a lot of humour.

Toronto Star

What is undeniable... is Gilmour's seemingly effortless facility at turning a sentence, his searing honesty and self-awareness... Life, said Kierkegaard, can only be understood backwards, but must be lived forwards. Gilmour's novel, in all its messiness, is a testament to a well-lived life, and the understanding that comes with a certain age.

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The Gatsby references pile up. Like the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic, Gilmour's prose has a polished translucence, which has always been a strength of his short, almost delicate novels.

Winnipeg Free Press

This book provides motivation to live and feel life more fully. It's an outstanding work...Gilmour's best yet.

www.literarytourist.com

This novel stands on its own: comic, moving, a passing parade of stories, each more fascinating than the one before.

The Sun Times

The work is passionate in its championing of art itself.

Quill and Quire

There might not be a more honest writer in Canada.

National Post

it's a good read

Now

... a novel that gleams with intelligence, humour and wickedly precise observation.

The Globe and Mail (Metro Ed, ON)

What is undeniable... is Gilmour's seemingly effortless facility at turning a sentence, his searing honesty and self-awareness...

The Shakespearean Rag

Gilmour clobbers me with some incredibly sharp prose and vivid description.

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About the Author

David Gilmour

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014

David Gilmour

David Gilmour is a novelist who has earned critical praise from literary figures as diverse as William Burroughs and Northrop Frye, and from publications as different as the New York Times and People magazine. The author of six novels, he also hosted the award-winning Gilmour on the Arts. In 2005, his novel A Perfect Night to Go to China won the Governor General's Award for Fiction. He lives in Toronto with his wife.