At the same time, though, it suggests a certain aloofness, reminding us that Jarman won't settle for simple "this happened" exposition or conventional sentence structure. He most strongly recalls the southern U. Not having read Airships, I take Weiler's word for it. He's an honourable man and an intelligent reviewer. I am surprised, however, that at this late date there's a need to "explain Jarman" by positioning him as an apprentice of Hannah.
Is this an example of measuring a Canadian's achievement against something foreign and therefore more "real"? How many of the Star's readers can possibly understand what "Canada's answer to Barry Hannah" means? On the other hand, we constantly hear Alice Munro compared to Chekhov. And we are all trained to "compare and contrast" as the best way to solidify argument and communicate meaning. But still. That is, doesn't Mark Anthony Jarman have enough of a track record that we can presume he has "found his voice" and that his work isn't merely derivative of something someone else has already done?
I provide one example. That review appeared in The Danforth Review, which I edit.
After it appeared, in an email conversation, Jarman told me that he actually hadn't read Moody before writing 19 Knives. If there was a common influence between Moody and Jarman, it was more likely the zeitgeist. They were drinking the same kool-aid, in other words. Literary influence is highly complicated and very rarely linear. Weiler's suggestion, for example, that Jarman shares with Hannah a "a similar range of subject matter and a similar interest in sharpened prose" may well be true.
But so what?
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Weiler writes of Jarman's latest collection: His work is similarly restless on the macro level: the stories in My White Planet show a striking variety. Some are historical pieces set during the Riel Rebellion or the U. Indian wars. Some evoke sci-fi tropes, like the one set on a polar research station that loses touch with the rest of the world. Others read like nothing so much as autobiographical reveries, the narrator ambling around New Brunswick where the author lives or London, England.
Riel references or not, Jarman is something of a misfit on the CanLit scene. It's not clear what Weiler means by this claim.
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Presumably it has something to do with Weiler's belief that "Jarman places a premium on sheer linguistic energy. Douglas Glover, for example, is another writer of "sheer linguistic energy. Glover's short stories could also be described using the words Weiler uses to describe Jarman's: they are "restless on the macro level. Isn't that what short stories are supposed to do? Weiler ends his review this way: The book is stronger than his previous, collection, 19 Knives, and I don't think it's because his actual prose has been greatly refined in the interim.
Rather, I suspect, it's because in the new book, the prose has been more often married to consequential, urgent, and memorable evocations of character and mood. This isn't my opinion, which is that 19 Knives is one of the great neglected books in the Canadian canon.
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I believe this, because when I read it I had one of those rare moments of astonishment. It was unlike anything I had previously read. Of course, perhaps is it was exactly like Hannah's Airships? I'll have to check that out. I doubt it is, though. Jarman has been too consistent over too many books. His work is complex and serious -- and unique. He has created his own imaginative kingdom, as all writers worthy of deep comtemplation do. His work may sometimes lapse into self-parody as a result. It should be measured, in my opinion, against itself.
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His book is an appreciation for the expansiveness of hockey culture, as thorny as it is beautiful. He has amassed an encyclopedic knowledge of almost any subject related to hockey you might care to know about, and he is generous with that knowledge. Mayson then examines the nature of competitive advantage, including its foundations and sustainability. In the third section, the principles of valuation, including definitions of value and methods of valuation, are looked at, in addition to an analysis of the drivers of value in law firms and guidance on how to optimise and sustain income.
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Approaching total war, the fighting engulfed the populace and challenged any notion of civility. A slave state that rejected secession, Missouri was beset before the war by divisive tensions that exploded into extraordinary violence once the war began. Little remained under control; little remained forbidden. Fellman captures the conflict from the "inside," drawing on a wealth of first-hand evidence--letters, diaries, military reports, court-martial transcripts, depositions, and newspaper accounts.
We gain a clear picture of the ideological, social, and economic forces that divided the populace and launched the conflict. We witness ordinary civilian men and women struggling to survive amid the random terror perpetuated by both sides. We learn how both Confederate and Union officials, contemptuous of guerrilla fighters and their tactics, nevertheless sought to use them to their own advantage. And we see at close hand what the combatants themselves were like--how they saw themselves, how others saw them, what drove them so often to commit atrocities and brutal acts of vengeance--and we learn about the beginnings of the legend of Jesse James and its origins in guerrilla war.
Vivid, probing, and often horrifying, Inside War illuminates a crucial episode of the American Civil War, shedding light not only on the institutional, strategic, and tactical elements but also the physical, emotional, and moral experiences of a people fully at war with themselves. Shirley Barber's much- loved Fairy series has been adapted to lovely line drawings, perfect for children to colour-in, join the dots, and create their own beautiful fairyland scenes.
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When twelve-year-old Lady Lilah decides to disguise herself and sneak out of the palace one night, she has more of an adventure than she expected--for she learns very quickly that the country is on the edge of revolution. When she sneaks back in, she learns something even more surprising: her older brother Peitar is one of the forces behind it all.
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