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Bear

(1976)
A novel by

 
The winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction,Marian Engel's most famous - and most controversial - novel tells the unforgettable story of a woman transformed by a primal, erotic relationship. Lou is a lonely librarian who spends her days in the dusty archives of the Historical Institute. When an unusual field assignment comes her way, she jumps at the chance to travel to a remote island in northern Ontario, where she will spend the summer cataloguing a library that belonged to an eccentric nineteenth-century colonel. Eager to investigate the estate's curious history, she is shocked to discover that the island has one other inhabitant: a bear. Lou's imagination is soon overtaken by the island's past occupants, whose deep fascination with bears gradually becomes her own. Irresistibly, Lou is led along a path of emotional and sexual self-awakening, as she explores the limits of her own animal nature. What she discovers will change her life forever. As provocative and powerful now as when it was first published. Includes a reading group guide.

 
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Hardback Editions

March 1977 : UK Hardback
Title: Bear
Author(s): Marian Engel
ISBN: 0-7100-8603-2 / 978-0-7100-8603-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Routledge & Kegan Paul PLC
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July 1976 : USA Hardback
Title: Bear
Author(s): Marian Engel
ISBN: 0-689-10760-9 / 978-0-689-10760-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atheneum
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January 1976 : Canada Hardback
Title: Bear
Author(s): Marian Engel
ISBN: 0-7710-3080-0 / 978-0-7710-3080-2 (Canada edition)
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
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Paperback Editions

December 2014 : Canada Paperback
Title: Bear
Author(s): Marian Engel
ISBN: 0-7710-3013-4 / 978-0-7710-3013-0 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Emblem Editions
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August 2009 : Canada Paperback
Title: Bear
Author(s): Marian Engel
ISBN: 0-7710-9379-9 / 978-0-7710-9379-1 (Canada edition)
Publisher: New Canadian Library
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March 2003 : USA Paperback
Title: Bear (Nonpareil books)
Author(s): Marian Engel, Marian Engel
ISBN: 0-87923-667-1 / 978-0-87923-667-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: David R Godine
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May 1990 : Canada Paperback
Title: Bear
Author(s): Marian Engel
ISBN: 0-7710-9958-4 / 978-0-7710-9958-8 (Canada edition)
Publisher: New Canadian Library
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November 1988 : UK Paperback
Title: Bear
Author(s): Marian Engel
ISBN: 0-86358-312-1 / 978-0-86358-312-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Thorsons
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1978 : Canada Paperback
Title: Bear
Author(s): Marian Engel
ISBN: 0-7704-1551-2 / 978-0-7704-1551-8 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Bantam
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1977 : USA Paperback
Title: Bear
Author(s): Marian Engel
ISBN: 0-553-11059-4 / 978-0-553-11059-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam Books
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January 1976 : Canada Mass Market Paperback
Title: Bear
Author(s): Marian Engel
ISBN: 0-7710-9322-5 / 978-0-7710-9322-7 (Canada edition)
Publisher: New Canadian Library
Availability: Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

August 2009 : Canada Kindle edition
Title: Bear
Author(s): Marian Engel
Publisher: New Canadian Library
Availability: Amazon CA   



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