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Join the revolution, comrade [electronic resource] : journeys and essays /
Charles Foran.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
Emeryville, Ont. : Biblioasis, c2008.
description
187 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
1897231415, 9781897231418
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Emeryville, Ont. : Biblioasis, c2008.
isbn
1897231415
9781897231418
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
7237873
technical details
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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Globe & Mail, July 2008
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Summaries
Long Description
The author of Carolans Farewell and The Last House of Ulster brings to the essay form the same restlessness and originality that marks his novels and non-fiction. Whether exploring the waterways of Thailand or the streets of his childhood in suburban Toronto, meditating on raising children in post-9/11 Asia or the music of good prose, Charles Forans writing is fresh, alert, and free of convention. In Join the Revolution, Comrade, a collection of twenty travel and literary essays, Foran visits places in Vietnam that have colonized by western war films. Charlie Dont Surf but you Can! reads a brochure offering an Apocalypse Now tour. He talks to Shanghai residents about their colossal city and commiserates with the people of Bali about the effects of terrorist bombs on their island. Karma teaches that all you can do is behave honourably in the incarnation you have been given, a waiter tells him. In Beijing he looks up old friends he had known back in 1989 during the days before and after the June 4th massacre. Join the revolution, Comrade, a friend had loved to say, quoting a line from a Bertolucci film. In a dozen literary essays, Foran also encounters Miguel de Cervantes and the Buddha of Compassion, the Irish trickster Flann OBrien and the pumped-up American Tom Wolfe. He maps the geography of Canadian literature and pinpoints the inner-Newfoundland of Wayne Johnston. He defends the novel against those who would tame it and uses an ancient Chinese philosopher to explain how one imagination his own works.
Main Description
In Join the Revolution, Comrade, Charles Foran brings to the essay form the same restlessness and originality that mark his novels and non-fiction. Foran visits places in Vietnam that have been 'colonized' by western war films, talks to Shanghai residents about their colossal city and commiserates with the people of Bali about the effects of terrorist bombs on their island. In Beijing he looks up old friends he had known back in 1989 during the days before and after the June 4th massacre. "Join the revolution, Comrade," a friend had loved to say, quoting a line from a Bertolucci film. Foran also 'encounters' Miguel de Cervantes, the Buddha of Compassion, and the pumped-up American Tom Wolfe. He maps the geography of Canadian literature and pinpoints the 'inner-Newfoundland' of Wayne Johnston. He defends the novel against those who would tame it and uses an ancient Chinese philosopher to explain how one imagination -- his own-- works. Whether exploring the waterways of Thailand or the streets of his childhood in suburban Toronto, meditating on raising children in post-9/11 Asia or the music of good prose, Charles Foran's writing is fresh, alert, and free of convention.
Main Description
In this collection of essays, Foran visits places in Vietnam that have been 'colonized' by western war films, talks to Shanghai residents about their colossal city, and commiserates with the people of Bali about the effects of terrorist bombs on their island. He also 'encounters' Miguel de Cervantes, the Buddha of Compassion, and the pumped-up American Tom Wolfe.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. 11
Places
Join the Revolution, Comrade: My June 4th Obsessionp. 17
The Ice Cracking at Dawn: A Memoir Of 9/11p. 35
Why you Should Travel: A Family in 9/11 Asiap. 41
Pray to the Lord of the Lotus: Floating In Old Siamp. 51
Three Films About Vietnam: Coppola, Kubrick And War Moviesp. 61
Shanghai Beauty: On Being Small In Chinap. 71
Prose
Lingua Franchise: English The Conquerorp. 83
Dumb As a Sack of Hammers: A Southern Ontario Childhoodp. 87
Idiom-Proof: How To Talk Canadianp. 93
Eloquence Lost: The Death Of The Topographical Mindp. 97
Can't Think for the Racket: Music And Prosep. 101
Books
Butterfly Into Man: A Parable About Storiesp. 113
The Life Quixotic: Cervantes And The Invention Of Fictionp. 117
A Civilizing Influence: Tariq Ali's Islam Quintetp. 125
Burning Man: Pankaj Mishra In The Worldp. 133
All Sex is Real: The Mainstreaming Of Pornographyp. 141
The Bonfire is Out: Tom Wolfe In Bush's Americap. 149
The Disappointment Artists: American Fiction In The New Millenniump. 157
Everyone Knows this is Everywhere: Noah Richler's Literary Atlas Of Canadap. 165
The Paradox of Paradise: Adventures In Waynejohnstonlandp. 175
What We Want from Novels: In Praise Of (A Little) Difficultyp. 183
Acknowledgementsp. 189
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