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LPG Loan Stars Catalogue, Spring 2020 - Fiction

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Benjamenta College of Art, The
By (author): Alan Reed

ISBN:

9781989424018

Product Form:

Paperback
Paperback
English

Audience:

General/trade
Apr 24, 2020
$21.00 CAD
No longer our product

Dimensions:

8in x 5 x 0.5 in | 300 lb

Page Count:

128 pages
Pedlar Press
FICTION / Literary
The arts: general issues|Modern and contemporary fiction
Montreal
 
Relit Award 2006, Long-listed Relit Award 2010, Long-listed
Alan Reed's lyric novel, The Benjamenta College of Art, is a story about walking into an unknown world and meeting yourself there. At the Benjamenta College of Art, you can sit on the roof of a building and draw until supper because it is your designated work. Your life is an endlessly unfolding present. You will meet a woman you love and she will leave you. Space is reserved for whimsy at the Benjamenta College of Art, and because you feel both lost and safe, the Benjamenta College of Art's real existence may be in question. May we all enjoy a Benjamenta College of Art in our lifetimes.

Alan Reed's previous works include the novel Isobel & Emile (Coach House Books 2010), and a collection of poems, For Love of the City (BuschekBooks 2006). Originally from Edmonton, he now lives in Montreal.

"Fiction must justify itself in every line," Joseph Conrad said more than a century ago. Editors have quoted it to writers ever since. Rules, of course, can sometimes be broken with impunity, even with panache. Consider Alan Reed, a Montreal poet and student of semiotics. His stylistically audacious first novel jettisons the notion that every word and sentence must be necessary." - Jim Bartley's review of Iosbel and Emile (Globe & Mail, April 23 2010); "Reed's style is intriguing: sentences are taut and clipped, images are crisp, and relentless, intricately rendered repetition fuels the narrative.... At times, these elements slow the pace, but because Isobel and Emile are each engaged in a circuitous search for self, Reed's technique nicely complements the book's emotional landscape. Ultimately, Isobel & Emile is a poignant study of heartache, isolation, and alienation." - Lisa Foad (Quill & Quire)

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