Elyse Maxwell

Graphic Designer

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Whale Music by Paul Quarrington - Drop Cap

I discovered this book through music.

In highschool I was introducted to the music of The Rheostatics by my band teacher. I did whatever i could to get copies of their albums and a few bootleg videos of various TV appearances.

One of their albums, Whale Music, was inspired by this novel, and the band was later asked to record a soundtrack for the film. Claire, from the soundtrack, hit the top 40 in 1995.

This book took me on an unpredictable journey from present to past, and back again, into the pool, and back into the recording studio. Desmond's sporadic thought patterns and personal struggles made for an engaging and fascinating read.

It's been nearly a decade since I first read this book and I'm looking forward to reading it again in preparation for this project.

This book won the Governor Genral's award in 1989.

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