Son of a trickster review

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son of a trickster review

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Eden Robinson - Appel Salon - February 6th, 2017

Eden Robinson's Son of a Trickster, reviewed: At her untidy best

As the novel begins, year-old Jared has bigger problems than magic. Although well-known perhaps a bit too well-known for his marijuana baking skills, Jared has been largely pushed to the sidelines of high school life. His mother has allowed her drug-dealer boyfriend to move into their house, along with a motley crew of boarders so the mortgage can be paid during the economic downturn that has struck Kitimat. His father is a deadbeat whom Jared is financing with the proceeds from his baking. Jared drinks too much himself, and smokes too much, and his only friend, a pit bull named Baby Killer with an oddly endearing flatulence problem has been euthanized for worms. But then, things seem to take a turn for the better. Have things changed for the youthful stoner?

The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. Eden Robinson's first book, the short-story collection Traplines , is the CanLit equivalent of a beloved punk band's untouchable debut. It also demonstrated that Robinson loves a good mess. The book is a ragged, relentlessly dark minor classic full of bored First Nations kids whose lives are marked by fights, bad sex and untrustworthy relatives. They established her not only as one of Canada's pre-eminent indigenous writers — Robinson is a member of British Columbia's Haisla and Heiltsuk First Nations — but as one who takes an inordinate amount of glee in cramming together traditional narratives with contemporary tales of violence and survival. Son of a Trickster — despite being the first of Robinson's novels to have no overt narrative connections to her year-old debut, and despite coming more than 10 years after Blood Sports — drops us right away into the familiar Robinsonian territory of matter-of-fact violence and familial dysfunction.

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  2. Arienne L. says:

    Eden Robinson's first book, the short-story collection Traplines, is the CanLit equivalent of a beloved punk band's untouchable debut.

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