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Tom Thomson’s Last Bonfire

$25.00

Two veteran guides are fishing on an Algonquin summer morning when they pull Tom Thomson’s waterlogged corpse from Canoe Lake. Taking him to a remote island, they stand vigil over their friend around the clock. The events of the next twenty-four hours have fuelled the speculation and intrigue surrounding Tom’s life and untimely demise for more than a century.

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Weight .460 kg
Dimensions 22.86 x 15.24 x 1.25 cm

6 reviews for Tom Thomson’s Last Bonfire

  1. “Inspired by his own experiences in Algonquin as well as his acute historical intuition, Geoff Taylor’s book presents a truly novel version of events surrounding the mystery of Tom Thomson’s death. Taylor reveals a time and place reeling from the psychic and physical trauma of the Great War still raging in Europe. With the passing of the great age of lumber, a way of life in the Canadian north was ending. His characters (all historical) are vivid, painted in broad, colourful strokes by his meticulously informed insight into each. Some would not be out of place in a Mark Twain novel. The book is in part a memorial to a complex and controversial icon of Canadian history but also a lens into a culture and time forgotten, a dark and riveting era of Canada’s past, now woken into life again by Taylor’s story”
    Jeff Janoda
    Author of “Saga: A Novel of Medieval Iceland”

  2. “A good story has the power to bring people together. To think, discuss and even argue. Tom Thomson is Canada’s greatest mystery and in this story Taylor unearths and dissects many intriguing questions about his life and his end. Answers are easy, even lazy but good questions? They can make you lose yourself forever.”
    Dale Curd Host CBC’s Hello / Goodbye

  3. “Art, wilderness and passion are provocative bed partners; Taylor knits the three together beautifully. A paddler’s perspective of Algonquin Park’s enduring mystery.”
    Hap Wilson (Temagami Canoe Routes)

  4. “A great read to pull out of a canoe pack.”
    Kevin Callan (a.k.a. The Happy Camper)

  5. “No one owns the Tom Thomson story. Nor does anyone truly know what happened among the several intertwined mysteries. I like to think the mystery is Canada’s to play with and be forever entertained. Geoff Taylor’s Tom Thomson’s Last Bonfire is a welcome new addition to the family of Tom mysteries. It’s a fine read that raised some intriguing possibilities.”
    Roy MacGregor

  6. “We had record rainfall in Killarney. You know when it’s raining so hard its got to be over soon, because that’s too hard to last. It wasn’t over. A deluge from Sunday noon until the next morning. Dry tent…lucky for us. Lucky for me I had your book. The flashlight propped under chin technique, if you move your jaw you can read the whole line of type. Warm sleeping bag but not sleeping because the rain is too noisy.

    Tom Thomson’s Last Bonfire is a fine book – a great story, well told in generous but measured prose. The characters are wonderfully Canadian and not your usual literary types. Larry Dixon is a delight with his underwear and cobwebs. The depth of research is obvious. Lives lived in tough times. My dad is there. Fishing and drinking, doing man stuff. I wanted to know more about the women, but that’s not that story.

    It reads well beside a lake – in a warm sleeping bag, in a deluge…or not.
    You are now one of a not-so-very-large group of published Canadian writers to tell the stories of this country. You’ve contributed to the canon – a pretty good canoe to be sitting in.
    Bonnie O’Dacre”

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