The Continuation of Love by Other Means

by Claudia Casper


In a world in which behaviour, especially that between the sexes, is controlled by the demands of nature, can family, friends and lovers ever truly hope to understand each other? When Carmen's restless and freewheeling father, Alfred, deserts his family in Toronto to explore the world, she begins a series of annual visits to wondrous and seductive places — places that temporarily distract her from the growing ambivalence between father and daughter. Alfred eventually settles in Argentina during the time of the Dirty War, and a strong-minded, independent Carmen finds her loyalties strained to breaking. Now a young woman, she fights her father at every turn, yet is powerfully drawn to his world. Alfred is a man of vitality and charisma, capable of abrupt indifference and political cruelty.

Written with humour and powerful imagination, The Continuation of Love by Other Means articulates brilliantly the struggle of a man and a woman, a father and a daughter, to create a world of honest love and meaning.

The Continuation of Love by Other Means is as elegantly plain and satisfyingly functional as a Shaker hatbox.

Sarah Sheard, The Globe and Mail
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  • The Continuation of Love by Other Means is as elegantly plain and satisfyingly functional as a Shaker hatbox... The novel is an organic rendering in fine detail of the interwined lives of two people from conception onward. It's a skilfully told story with lots of life-juice and animal sensuality, perfect reading for the salty afternoons of midsummer.

    - Sarah Sheard, The Globe and Mail

  • When Claudia Casper’s first novel, The Reconstruction, was published back in 1996, I thought I had died and gone to reading heaven. I babbled on happily about it in this column—and then sort of forgot how good it was until Casper’s second effort came along. While The Continuation of Love By Other Means (Penguin Canada, $32) is not as consciously poetic as her debut novel, it is every bit as satisfying and exotic.

    ...The Continuation of Love By Other Means (my choice for the best title of ’03) is a skillfully written story of intertwined lives filled with love and dislike... it was enjoyed in the fading sun of late summer, this time sitting by the Rideau Canal...

    - Andrew Armitage, The Sun Times (Owen Sound)


About the author
Claudia Casper

Claudia Casper is the author of the novels The Reconstruction and The Continuation of Love by Other Means, which was short-listed for the Ethel Wilson BC Book Prize (both published by Penguin). Her writing has appeared in the Globe and Mail, the Vancouver Sun, Geist, Event, Best Canadian Short Stories (Oberon) and the anthology Dropped Threads: What We Aren’t Told (Vintage), edited by Carol Shields and Marjorie Anderson.