Mount Appetite

Mount Appetite

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
A collection of short stories about addiction focuses on the power of alcohol, drugs, sex, and romance, introducing a wide range of characters, from a salmon researcher to an illiterate religious healer. Original.

Perseus Publishing
Short-listed for Canada's prestigious Giller Prize, Mount Appetite presents 12 vibrant, intensely human tales of desire and alienation. "Everyone at the top of Mt. Appetite is as close as they can get to heaven. It's work to get there and agony to be denied." Whether a salmon researcher, professional taster, illiterate faith healer, or Malcolm Lowry's illegitimate son, the protagonists in these sly and witty stories have all climbed the mountain, and all share a restless, relentless longing that they struggle to satiate through alcohol, drugs, sex, or schemes of the heart. Bill Gaston, author of the critically acclaimed The Good Body, evinces a remarkable dexterity of voice as he moves effortlessly among his colorful cast of characters, drawing the junkie with the same skill and compassion as the teenaged 7-11 clerk. Grotesque, unsettling, and oddly tender, Mount Appetite is short fiction at its finest.

Publisher: Vancouver : Raincoast Books, c2002
ISBN: 9781551924519
Branch Call Number: FIC GAS
Characteristics: 221 p. ;,21 cm.


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Apr 01, 2015

Now this is a collection of short stories that I could not get interested in.

The characters were all hapless and seem to drift through the world with no plan or ideas. The stories never have a ending or even enough to think there is an ending somewhere in the future. I was just left with this idea that nothing would change and if we saw these people again in 20 years we would hardly tell the difference. They would all still be unhappy, unsatisfied and unfulfilled.

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