In this new edition of a prairie classic, Andreas Schroeder fictionalizes the true story of Tom Sukanen’s wild scheme to build an ocean-going ship in the middle of a wheat field in Saskatchewan. Set during the hardships of the “Dirty Thirties,” Dustship Glory presents us with Sukanen’s mythic effort to escape both the drought and pestilence of his time, as well as his own personal struggle to be free.
Featuring an illuminating foreword by beloved Saskatoon writer Don Kerr, Dustship Glory will provide Canadian and international audiences alike with the opportunity to reacquaint themselves with the dramatic tale of a ship that still stands in the fields south of Moose Jaw in Saskatchewan.
Aside from its tale of a prairie eccentric, Dustship Glory provides as vivid a portrait of the Dustbowl as Sinclair Ross's The Lamp at Noon.
With Dustship Glory, his tale of a visionary Tom Sukanen, Andreas Schroeder has joined the sparse and powerful company of writers made up of Kroetsch and Wiebe and Vanderhaeghe, whose prairie saints and madmen have taken hold and will never let go of this country's imagination. What Schroeder has accomplished is, quite simply, magical.
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