And a Bottle of Rum jN a meaningful way but I couldn t tell you what impressions I got This is definitely a book I ll have to re read to doustice to I also should be shot for writing such a disjointed vague review I m almost too scared to read through it or I ll never post it and be doneI ll have to leave you with my overall impressions and hope that you ll give the book a try despite my ill written review
The Parabolist Is AParabolist is a of irony love poetry and cadavers a story that brings Toronto to life a Toronto of the 70s that still exists in certain streets and dingy landmarks today It is a story of self discovery of uestioning yourself and everything around you it is a homage to a different era that doesn t feel as historical as you d expect it feels very current A story of women s rights of a scary stalker and his obsessions of sex and violence by night and middle class civility and conversation by day I could keep going as a sign that I have no clever words here but my verbal diarrhoea must stop somewhere Fantastic read definitely not what I was expecting though to be fair I wasn t expecting much as this book was picked up accidentally from the library Great story the style of writing is a bit hard to get into at first but I love the descriptions and usages of poetry in this book Didn t expect some of the graphic sex bits but it fit so whatever Fantastic story felt the ending was a little rushed but the whole thing came together beautifully Had some seriously creepy overtones especially that things with Dr Krank I wanted to reach into the book and give him a few good whacks but I stayed through because of the poetry which was used to great effect in this Another 2011 Toronto Book Award nominee about a group of medical students who become friends with a Mexican poet I liked it but I felt uite removed from the emotions of the characters mostly I think because it was 3rd person with no uotes or dashes for dialogue That often makes things feel uite muted to me Interesting ending though Wow What a ride Imagine a touch of Grey s Anatomy set in Toronto circa 1975 A ravishing poet of Mexican origin chance fate and destiny in constant collision the
Most Vile Despicable Character Ivile despicable character I read in a long time my home town Toronto in the slushy semi seasons before and after hard winter and thoughts like this one from a psychiatrist while on rounds He had all the doses down pat it wasn t that hard to lay on the chemical straitjackets once you knew how once you had confidence in the medication When he first started he always went with the lowest dose to be careful Now fuck it wham ust get it doneMore treasures in this story include a hot scene of lovemaking that reads like a hymn of praise to human musculature an ordinary man s reverence for how suirrels play and care for their young and a few facts about crickets and cicadas that ratchets up my amazement at what they can do with their wee bodiesGorgeous story Thank you NicholasPS Nicholas Ruddock the author is a physician Fun book that is about theold days following around a crowd of med students who love poetry and seem to have time for each other I am a sucker for offbeat bargain books which is how I found this one in hardcover first edition The Parabolist is by a Guelph MD and set in 1970 s Toronto another draw What character in med school who boozes and scores hot women is uick witted enough to manage a crisco slathered escape is not enough
to at least draw me to read a bit further A uick butat least draw me to read a bit further A uick but read I d like to chat with the author Love the fact that this book is set in Toronto A little slow sometimes but very humourous and lyrical. Poet a libido driven first year medical student a runaway teen turned prostitute a raven haired beauty a sinister psychiatrist and a donated corpse that is dissected from skin to muscle to bone as layer by layer the inscrutable mysteries of anatomy love literature and life are poignantly revealedThis is a funny satirical searing dangerous and tender story of earnest youth and their ardent desire for love acceptance and fulfillmen.
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was well done I would recommend this book This is a very interesting book structurally Thewell done I would recommend this book This is a very interesting book structurally The moves forward episodically
rather than in a straight narrative line And each character has his or her own little episodethan in a straight narrative line And each character has his or her own little episode of planets each with its own rotation also turning around the sun The fact that "These Episodes Are Not Necessarily Presented In Chronological Order Asks " episodes are not necessarily presented in chronological order asks a bit of the reader but what the heck I found it a good work outPlease note If anyone is reading this I ust can t get my head around a number representing words so I m not using the rating scale above any Loved the flowing narrative and multiple perspectives Loved the slight detachment and honesty of each character The mix of poetry and medicine was my favourite element to the novel Definitely written by a man and followed several masculine storyline tropes that I found weak but the prose was enticing enough that I didn t mind so much Perfect summer read Toronto 1975 A medical student Jasper Glass is out drinking one night with his Mexican friend and poetry teacher Roberto when they disrupt a rape on Shaw Street Playhouse just as it was turning into murder It is Roberto who kills the rapist but it s Jasper who leaves behind a smear of Crisco on the victim and remembers nothing of the incident when he wakes up the next dayBut that s not really what The Parabolist is about though this rapemurder provides an over arching plot and general structure in a book that is wonderfully unstructured Don t let that scare you off by unstructured I don t mean it s all over the place This is a book whose narrative moves effortlessly lightly on its feet back and forth and back again across the days uncluttered by chapters or dialogue punctuation I ve read only a few books set in Toronto like Margaret Atwood s Cat s Eye and Rabindranath Maharaj s The Amazing Absorbing Boy and each one has conveyed such a strong impression of place and time and Toronto that the city I ve always said lacks personality suddenly comes alive for me and proves me wrongPart of the strong sense of setting is the constant use of street names and landmarks Toronto hasn t changed that much over the decades A few well chosen words stripped bare revealing the grit and grime a hint of seediness clear autumn air a city preparing to be bigger and better than before Snippets like At the Silver Dollar the street was empty Spadina Avenue a few garbage cans a cat the neon sign that flickered half broken p54 and He walked out into King s College Road He could barely see at all the trees not yet fully leafed the high sun merciless his eyes blurred by tears and everything that mattered to him was still back inside that cold brick building where light was a rare unaccustomed visitor p86 Iust picked those randomly but they re not exceptions The narrative is consistently present and immediate by use of these distinct bold descriptions proving my point that you don t need to use present tense to create a sense of immediacy and unpredictability This is one of several books I ve read lately also The Sisters Brothers and Getting Rid of Matthew that has demonstrated that in the hands of a good writer the present can be achieved by using the past Tense that isAnd Ruddock here proves that he is a very good writer indeed He has developed his own voice and style and employs it with uiet confidence There s a seamlessness to the narrative the decision to omit uotation marks and chapters allows for a greater sense of flow and rhythm an unbroken river like a gentle stream of words and meaning and events Ugh I hate using such metaphors an. Parabolist noun 1 one who speaks in parables 2 a member of a splinter group of disaffected young poets in Mexico City c 1975 3 a practitioner of the art of concentrating multiple sources of energy into a single focus illuminating or if left unchecked destroying everything in its pathPart comedy part mystery The Parabolist is a novel about murder sex the medical establishment poetry and vigilante ustice on the streets of Toronto. D similes but I m finding it hard to describe this book and do it ustice Let me try a different angleThe main characters are a group of medical students Jasper Glass and his brother John Valerie Anderson Wallace Wallace as well as Roberto Moreno Jasper s parents June and Bill a young
girl on her way to Toronto who "S ADOPTED THE NAME HEIDI DR KRANK THE HEAD " adopted the name Heidi Dr Krank the head psychiatryon her way to Toronto who s adopted the name Heidi Dr Krank the head of psychiatry 999 ueen Street Marnie Kennedy the married doctor Jasper s having an affair with and Detective Ames who s reluctantly investigating the rape and murder case Other characters come and go but these are the constant ones with Jasper Valerie and Roberto forming a central triangle Jasper has the hots for Valerie his beautiful clever lab partner but she is drawn to Roberto who inadvertently became their poetry teacher and then their friend In the wings is Dr Krank who we uickly feel uneasy around and with good reason The characters reflect the city and the city reflects the characters This is the Toronto of drug abuse sex the Arts iconic streets and gentle middle class suburbs It s not all set in the city at one point Jasper drives to Muskoka for a moonlit tryst with Marnie and then there s Heidi s trip south through the rocky Canadian Shield fending off men along the wayThere s also a
fascinating sense of time in that not only does the narrative sometimes step backwards revisiting a scene from another perspectivesense of time in that not only does the narrative sometimes step backwards revisiting a scene from another perspective showing us a new scene for a character that happened earlier than what we ve been reading but Heidi s trip occurs at a slower pace than the rest of the story She s introduced fairly early on but her two day hitchhiking trip or is it one day comes to us in segments throughout the novel until she meets up with Jasper Glass in real time It s not at all confusing and the non linear narrative adds an extra something to the story an extra layer of time of mystery of tension of oomph until it coalesces into a sudden and violent ending that fits perfectlyAnd I haven t even mentioned the poetry A love of the arts permeates the story is embraced by the characters and takes on new life through Ruddock s analogy to medicine I d never really linked art and medicine before to be honest but those days are gone The way the body Jasper and Valerie are carefully dissecting and stripping down becomes a kind of canvas an artwork that brings to mind Body Worlds Even the title has a double meaning or triple one a parabolist is someone who speaks in parables a disaffected Mexican poet who is a member of a splinter group of parabolists and a practitioner of the art of concentrating multiple sources of energy into a single focus illuminating or if left unchecked destroying everything in its path That third definition is chilling and aptNow for as much as I enjoyed this novel and thought it was wonderfully written I did make the mistake of starting it a week after giving birth often reading bits in the middle of the night and finding with my disjointed and exhausted baby brain that I was missing a lot of the meaning and nuances and depth of this novel I could see that it was there but my brain was so fuddled I couldn t grasp it not with any sense of clarity anyway It also took me a while to read despite its smooth readability so it feels like a novel I read ages ago and am trying to belatedly remember I don t even feel like I understand what a parabolist is in the poetry sense To be fair I think that aspect is made up I mean I don t think there was a splinter group of disaffected young poets in Mexico City not that I could find online anyway and these days everything is on the web The characters often discuss things In 1975Told through interlacing narratives the story funnels towards the eye of an unsolved crime on a rainy summer night a woman is raped and very nearly murdered but for the intervention of two drunken vigilantes who kill her attacker before fleeing the scene The only clue the police have about their identities is a slab of Crisco shortening found on the victimThe unforgettable cast of characters includes a charismatic Mexican.