Book Review: Revolutions, Essays on Contemporary Canadian Fiction, by Alex Good

There are two premises to this book of essays: first, crudely put, no-one gives a shit about Canadian novels, and second, they’re no good anyway. Now that I think about it, there’s a third, and it’s the most problematic: the reason Canadian fiction is no … Continue readingBook Review: Revolutions, Essays on Contemporary Canadian Fiction, by Alex Good

Book Review: Landscape in Concrete by Jakov Lind

First appeared in Three Percent We meet a familiar angst-ridden Russian early in the pages of Jakov Lind’s novel Landscape in Concrete: Dostoevsky’s Underground man surfaces in the guise of Gauthier Bachmann to here tread the desolate earth of the Ardennes during WW ll. No … Continue readingBook Review: Landscape in Concrete by Jakov Lind

Book Review: Arrival, The Story of CanLit, by Nick Mount

The best books, Somerset Maugham once quite rightly insisted, are enjoyable to read. By this measure, Arrival: The Story of CanLit is a virtuoso performance. It’s fun, not at all academic. It’s informative – many of the most important works in the Canadian canon are … Continue readingBook Review: Arrival, The Story of CanLit, by Nick Mount

Book Review: Boxing the Compass, by Richard Greene

First appeared in The Globe and Mail Little ducks and tadpoles render large life lessons in Richard Greene’s Governor-General’s Award-winning book of poetry Boxing the Compass. Ducks because of how, with Beckett, unbothered, “They paddle crazily among remnants Of winter, the mud and the rotted … Continue readingBook Review: Boxing the Compass, by Richard Greene