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2008 03 04
Doing The Torontonians In Style

The Imagining Toronto book club founded by Reading Toronto contributor Amy Lavender Harris convenes this Saturday at perhaps the city's most legendary literary venue—the top of the Park Hyatt hotel at Avenue Road and Bloor. Their discussion topic?
The Torontonians, originally published in 1960, was re-released last September. Join us atop the Park Hyatt for a breathtaking view and lively discussion of Phyllis Brett Young’s international bestseller about a desperate housewife living between the tensions of Toronto's new suburbs and the city core.
In her Reading Toronto review of the novel, Amy selected this passage to capture the zeitgeist of an era that propelled the city to its modern destiny. The book's protagonist stands at the top of the hotel (shown above overlooking the ROM Crystal):
Beyond the museum, Karen could see the wide green circle of Queen's Park, and farther to the south the downtown skyline of the city, blurred a little by haze and smoke. Looking at that skyline, she was caught up by the quick excitement -- quite unlike any other -- that was the measure of her own spontaneous identification with its growth. A city with a future, like an individual with a future, could never remain static for long, could not afford to expand indefinitely along the lines of least resistance. The suburbs, as they now existed, were the city's lines of least resistance. The towering buildings to the south were the real yardstick of its stature.
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