A Plea for Constant Motion

A Plea for Constant Motion

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Book - 2017
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Publisher: [Toronto] :, Astoria/House of Anansi Press,, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781487000110
1487000111
Branch Call Number: F CAR NVD
Characteristics: 292 pages ; 21 cm

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JenRaw
May 25, 2017

Read the entire review here http://bit.ly/2rD3Bdf

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.

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PennPal
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.

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LAUPOTT
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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