Self: A Novel

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Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 1996 - Canadian fiction - 329 pages
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A modern-day Orlando -- edgy, funny and startlingly honest -- Self is the fictional autobiography of a young writer and traveller who finds his gender changed overnight.

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The beginning was laugh out loud funny (and I don't laugh out loud when I read). However, the novel went down hill quickly after that. I expected the story to bring about questions of the illusion of gender. Instead, it seemed rarely grotesque and aimless. Read full review

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About the author (1996)

Yann Martel was born in Salamanca, Spain on June 25, 1963. After studying philosophy at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, he worked at odd jobs and travelled widely before turning to writing. His works include Seven Stories, What Is Stephen Harper Reading?, and Beatrice and Virgil. He was awarded the Journey Prize for the title story in The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios. His second novel, Life of Pi, won numerous awards including the 2002 Man Booker.

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