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Under the Ribs of Death
John Marlyn
0771098669
May 1990
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Description
Set in the immigrant community of Winnipeg’s North End, Under the Ribs of Death follows the progress of young Sandor Hunyadi as he struggles to cast off his Hungarian background and become a “real Canadian.” Embittered by poverty and social humiliation, Sandor rejects his father’s impractical idealism and devotes himself single-mindedly to becoming a successful businessman. Equipped with a new name and a hardened heart, he is close to realizing his ambition when fortune’s wheel takes an unexpected – and possibly redemptive – turn.

Combining social realism and moral parable, Under the Ribs of Death is John Marlyn’s ironic portrayal of the immigrant experience in the years leading up to the Great Depression. As a commentary on the problems of...


Masculine Migrations: Reading the Postcolonial Male in New Canadian Narratives
Daniel Coleman
0802042643
May 1998
Library Binding
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Life, Death and Bialys
Neil Bissoondath
1596911921
Aug 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Schaffer was working on the manuscript to his first legal thriller (Misdemeanor Man) when his father, Flip, called with an insistent invitation to a one-week baking seminar at a New York culinary institute. He doesn't look forward to the experience, as the two have never been comfortable together since the father abandoned his mentally unstable wife and left the kids behind. But Flip was dying of cancer, so Schaffer agreed to make one last effort at settling their differences. The bickering between them can be playful, but there's an emotional rawness to their conversations, and the memories they churn up, that confuses more than it heals. "I forgave. But I hate him, still," Schaffer admits. The baking class is not just a sharply focused backdrop but a buffer from the most painful revelations about the suffering...


The Unyielding Clamor of the Night
Neil Bissoondath
1596911972
Aug 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Veteran author Bissoondath (A Casual Brutality) sets his latest novel, in which a naïve rich boy takes a job as a schoolteacher, in a place "where questions have no answers" and turns in a solid bildungsroman. Twenty-one-year-old Arun, bearing a prosthetic leg and a genuine desire to help the disadvantaged, travels from the capital of his Southeast Asian island nation to the poor southern war-torn city of Omeara, a town full of rikshas known as "two percenters," for the slim chance they have of escaping poverty. Amid the violent conflict between the army and the insurgent boys, Arun's classes are populated with only those children whose injuries keep them from helping with the harvest. Through his relationships with a taciturn butcher, Jaisaram; Jaisaram's bibliophile daughter, Anjani; and others in the town...


Doing the Heart Good -OS
Neil Bissoondath
1896951643
Aug 2003
Paperback
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Unyielding Clamour of the Night
Neil Bissoondath
1896951872
Sept 2005
Hardcover
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