Five Legs

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Five Legs by Gibson, Graeme; Kane, Sean, 9781770892576
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  • ISBN: 9781770892576 | 1770892575
  • Cover: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/26/2013
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First published by Anansi in 1969,Five Legswas a breakthrough for Canadian experimental fiction, selling 1,000 copies in its first week. At the time Scott Symons wrote that "Five Legshas more potent writing in it, page for page, than any other young Canadian novel that I can think of." Or indeed any young American novel including Pynchon and Farina. Five Legsis the subversive tale of two guilt-ridden young men, Lucan Crackell and Felix Oswald one a professor, the other his student caught in the grip of the North American Protestant ethic, with its emotional web-spinning and sexual torments. Gibson captures both their mortifications and their spirited resistance to all things WASP, themselves included, in stream-of-consciousness prose that is at once fluid, disjointed, and hilarious. Essential reading for any Canlit junkie, and quite a trip. This edition features a new introduction by Sean Kane.

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