A Plea for Constant Motion

A Plea for Constant Motion


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Quietly atmospheric and darkly foreboding, A Plea for Constant Motion is an ominous, and occasionally unnerving, new work of fiction by award-winning author Paul Carlucci.

Penetrating and visceral, yet always offset by small moments of tenderness and humour, A Plea for Constant Motion is a powerful examination of the innate desire in everyone to change their lives and strive for something better.

Two couples share a disastrous dinner after their children are killed in a botched kidnapping overseas. A teacher with a passion for cartography orchestrates a bizarre apology after intentionally hitting a student. Desperate to be friends, a man ignores his neighbour's strange behaviour to the peril of himself and others. A young girl babysits for a family friend, dimly aware that her presence is required for more than just childcare.

Dexterously divided into two parts and a surreal intermission, the characters in these stories find themselves confronted by situations that leave them either struggling to escape or firmly rooted in place. Paul Carlucci's formidable work is by turns familiar and disquieting, sober and surreal, a stark and carefully crafted examination of the human condition.

Publisher: [Toronto] :, Astoria/House of Anansi Press,, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781487000110
Branch Call Number: F CAR NVD
Characteristics: 292 pages ; 21 cm


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May 25, 2017

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Turning to the About the Author page at the back of Paul Carlucci’s A Plea for Constant Motion, I was surprised to find a young man looking out at me in black and white. Carlucci’s prose reads with a thickness of symbolism and confidence normally reserved for those men who have been writing for thirty-plus years.

Another fun fact delivered by the Author page is that Carlucci describes himself as a “recovering transient” who’s spent over a decade wandering the globe. So it comes as no shock to find within the pages proper of A Plea for Constant Motion a diverse and shifting set of locations for Carlucci’s stories fitting together like a jigsaw puzzle.

Like a stage play, the book is divided into two acts and an intermission. The first act covers a number of depressing stories across the landscape of Canada (including one set in my own city of Hamilton). The intermission is a bizarre story hiding in the forests of British Columbia. Act II is generally set against the golden backdrop of Africa. The book never stays in the same place for more than thirty or so pages before shifting to a new place again. This constant motion speaks to the title and likely to Carlucci’s life as a transient.

Feb 25, 2017

Felt something lacking, in characters and writing. Was unable to focus on reading for any extended time, not sure if it was style.

Feb 21, 2017

This book of short stories is such an amazing & original read. The subject matter is just so contemporary & the psychological makeup of the characters & the situations very moving & unpredictable. I brought this book out of town for work hoping it would last me the whole time, but unfortunately I'm gobbling it up with glee! Now I will have to resort to mediocrity...

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