Main Brides

Main Brides It is a hot June day A woman sits in a bar in Montreal s Main waiting Pushing down the disturbing scene the police a blanket she saw that morning in the park To focus herself she tries to guess the

  • Title: Main Brides
  • Author: Gail Scott
  • ISBN: 9780889104563
  • Page: 316
  • Format: Paperback
  • It is a hot June day A woman sits in a bar in Montreal s Main, waiting Pushing down the disturbing scene the police, a blanket she saw that morning in the park To focus herself, she tries to guess the stories of other women who come and go as the day darkens into night the teenager Nanette Adele of Halifax, who s constantly on a train a woman just back from Cuba tIt is a hot June day A woman sits in a bar in Montreal s Main, waiting Pushing down the disturbing scene the police, a blanket she saw that morning in the park To focus herself, she tries to guess the stories of other women who come and go as the day darkens into night the teenager Nanette Adele of Halifax, who s constantly on a train a woman just back from Cuba two lesbian lovers one s a cowgirl Z a performance artist Norma jean from Toronto the taunting radio voice of a woman promising a tango Between the portraits, the woman watches and drinks and spins a setting for her brides The question is, why does she keep deferring going home

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    1. Montreal's Virginia Woolf. Passages of incredible vividness, slipping in and out of lucidity, much of the time leaning towards utter dreamlike fragmentation and repetition. It's the kind of novel that teaches you how to read it (Ulysses is another example of such a novel); you learn the novel's codes and feel its fibers the more you read, so it started a little shaky for me and then got smoother and more enjoyable as I continued. Narration style incredibly innovative, as per Gail Scott. The read [...]

    2. the female gaze. Lydia sits at a bar and describes what she sees and imagines, most often: herself, other women. (how's that for a plot!) a book of portraits, maybe a self-portrait, or maybe a book about portraiture--the ambiguity intentional and often successful as a statement about our success in ever describing completely an identity. this book's project as defined by its narrator: "Lydia (having trouble focusing) returns to her portrait: anecdotal fragments organized--but not too rigorously- [...]

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