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Metcalf, John

Published by Random House Canada
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Synopsis: The black humor and gritty irony of one of Canada's best writers are revealed in a collection of short stories and novellas about men and women who confront disaster with consistent wit and endurance

From Publishers Weekly: The wit of this Anglo-Canadian writer ( General Ludd ) is acerbic and biting. In two novellas and three short stories, Metcalf chronicles lust, despair, love and a variety of other human conditions. In "Single Gents Only," a naive university student finds that his lodgings are in a queer boarding house, his meager supper includes a slice of ham that has "an iridescent quality, hints of green and mauve," and his roommate requires a bedtime reading from The Wind in the Willows. "Travelling Northward" is the story of a writer who accepts a reading appearance before a pathetic rural literary group. "Was the smallness of the audience still undermining his sense of purpose? . . . Was he, after all these years, still so weak, so pathetically insecure, that he needed to parade himself in North bloody Portage?" Throughout these tales, we meet bitter, ironic, frustrated characters whose rants are both hilarious and profound. Metcalf's glibness is misleading; like Peter DeVries, he drives at essential truths while wowing us with his cunning and virtuosity. A first-rate collection.
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Title: Adult Entertainment
Publisher: Random House Canada
Binding: Paperback
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