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Kate Raphael. His identity-seeking and thus ambivalently named protagonist tries to rescue himself by saving others. Ti-Jeanne lives with her new baby and spiritualist-healer grandmother on the old Riverdale Farm in a post-apocalyptic version of Toronto. In a city gutted and abandoned by the rich, gangs control the streets: the city's redemption relies upon Ti-Jeanne's ability to channel traditional African and Caribbean knowledge and her willingness to stand against darkness and graft. Part of bpNichol's long Martyrology series, Book 5 describes Toronto's downtown and Annex through the lens of a poetic mythology.
Simultaneously concrete and etymologically de con structive, The Martyrology is sometimes medieval and at other times modern in tone.
It is explicitly geographic, taking the reader on a tour of echoes and hidden intersections equally spatial and historical. Almost all Toronto fictions may be read with and against The Martyrology : it's a kind of guidebook, a skeleton key to the city. Russell Smith, Noise Porcupine's Quill, Noise is about the search for coherence amid the city's thronging, chaotic currents. Its protagonist detests the chatter surrounding him but is also afraid of the kind of silence that might force him to confront where his avoidances are taking him.
Both, however, deal with similar difficulties of language and cultural nuance and clearly articulate the shock of plummeting into the city full grown but feeling naked. Further, M.
Finally, four edited anthologies of Toronto short stories provide a panoply of literary interpretations of the city and serve as ideal primers for readers hesitant about where to start. If you think some essential Toronto reads are missing from any of these lists, please suggest them. This post was originally published at Reading Toronto. Newer Posts Older Posts Home.
Subscribe to: Posts Atom. Imagining Toronto: the Book Imagining Toronto was published by Mansfield Press in the fall of and was recently shortlisted for the Gabrielle Roy Prize in Canadian literary criticism. Imagining Toronto is available at bookstores everywhere, and may be ordered online via Amazon and Chapters-Indigo. My next book, Acts of Salvage, explores what the contemporary city compels us to cling to or discard.