I have been wanting to read David Bergen’s novel The Age of Hope for a long time. I love the title. I will admit that picking up this novel as totally a case of judging the book by the cover!
David Bergen is from Winnipeg and I couldn’t help but think while reading this novel, do all authors from Winnipeg write in the style of Carol Shields? The Age of Hope reminded me a lot of some of Shields’ works, and I loved that. I know that the death of Carol Shields is still felt with Canadian fiction lovers. And, a cool connection is that David Bergen was chosen as the 2010 Carol Shields’ Writer in Residence at the University of Winnipeg.
Although I have a lot of thoughts about Bergen’s novel and the life of Hope, his main character, whom he follows from being a teenager to a senior citizen, while I was reading the novel I could not get The Carpenters’ album Carpenters out of my head!
Bergen divides his novel into five different sections: Age of Innocence, Age of Despair, Age of Profit, Age of Longing, Age of Hope. I have created a mini playlist, using the album Carpenters, for you to listen to as you read. I personally will be listening to my Mom’s well-loved record and think of her as I read. So, pull out your record player, grab a mug of tea, and enjoy!
Age of Profit: “Saturday”
Age of Hope: “Sometimes”
Lastly, as you put down the book, enjoy this Bacharach/David Medley!
If you need to listen to some more of The Carpenters, see their live 1971 BBC show here.
“Foolish as it seems, I still have my dreams.” (From “Bacharach/David Medley”)
“If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.” (1 Corinthians 15:19)