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Watching the Fire-Eater

Minhinnick, Robert

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ISBN 10: 1854110756 / ISBN 13: 9781854110756
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Title: Watching the Fire-Eater

Publisher: Seren


Book Condition:Good

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From Copacabana to urban Yorkshire, from New Mexico to a Welsh funfair, from The Netherlands to the Clare coast, Robert Minhinnick's world is a shrinking one. Its cast of characters includes Rio beach beggars, Madison Avenue literati, saloon-bar poolsters and millionaire scrap merchants. These essays cover a variety of subjects: third world poverty and the internationalism of alcohol, rugby through the eyes of a vegetarian, nuclear power, sunbathing and a thanksgiving dinner for the demise of Margaret Thatcher. But at the core of this collection is a vivid series of attempts to strip away the exhausted mythologies of the writer's own country and the increasingly-packaged places he visits. Whether in the rainforest or the big match crowd, Minhinnick's language, acid, imagist, compassionate, celebrates the people he meets and, fleetingly, defines their lives.

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A m{‚}elange of pieces that may not end up on short lists of the most durable twentieth-century essays but are at present addictive, this book is like a clutch of letters from a friend who has gone to interesting places and is doing interesting things. The seeming evanescence of the writing stems not from its regionalism--though most of the settings are in Wales--or from the profusely, at times relentlessly, metaphoric style of a poet celebrated enough to tour college campuses internationally, which Minhinnick is. Rather, it stems from the journalistic bent to capture the moment before it departs the memory forever. In the case, for instance, of the leading essay, "Rio de Journal"--which reports a place so violent, so rampant with fire-eaters and contingents of orphans, so strange--the possible factitiousness of Minhinnick's metaphors arises from the fact that the place is barely comprehensible enough to grasp at all. Roland Wulbert

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