Gargoyles

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House of Anansi, Sep 1, 2006 - Fiction - 256 pages
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Here is the best of Bill Gaston's stories since the publication of his Giller Prize nominated collection, Mount Appetite (2002). In this extraordinary work, Gaston crafts his fiction around the idea of the gargoyle -- the concrete representation of extremes of human emotions.

In Gaston's marvellous, riotous, Rabelaisian world, Gargoyles are physical manifestations of the disfigurements and contortions to which we human beings subject ourselves. Indeed, as Gaston wrote each story, he sketched out a distinct gargoyle to look down over it. For that reason, each story in this collection has a strange and unique guardian spirit whose sometimes benevolent, and sometimes malevolent, presence informs the characters and their actions. Gargoyles shows one of our best writers at the top of his form.

 

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I found three of the twelve stories quite incredible, "Gargoyles" being one of the most imaginative and compelling contemporary stories I have ever read. I was quite certain that Richard's father was ... Read full review

Contents

The Night Window
Gargoyles
TheKiteTrick
The Beast Waters His Garden of a Summers
Freedom
A WorkinProgress
Honouring Honey
Point No Point
The Walk
The Green House
Acknowledgements

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About the author (2006)

Bill Gaston is the author of several works of fiction, including the Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist Mount Appetite, the Governor General's Literary Award finalist Gargoyles, and the acclaimed novels, Sointula, The Good Body, and The Order of Good Cheer. Gaston was the inaugural recipient of the Writers' Trust of Canada Timothy Findley Award, for a distinguished body of work. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

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