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Elimination Dance/La Danse Eliminatoire

4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  106 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Poetry. Instructions: An elimination dance begins with a crowded dance floor. At a signal, the band stops playing and the announcer reads an elimination, say, "Any lover who has gone into a flower shop on Valentine's Day and asked for clitoris when he meant clematis." Any dancer answering this description must sit down, and his partner is also disqualified. The process con ...more
Paperback, 50 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Brick Books (first published 1980)
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This book is clever (in the best way possible), funny and timeless. I laugh every time I read it and I need to start noting my own 'elimination criteria' in my copy...
This exquisite little gem of a book is a pointed marvel. The words, the translations and even the illustrations (including the sardonic maps at the end) all provoke laughter - much of it delighted, some of it more than a bit pained.
Aug 04, 2007 Carolina rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: winners!
Hilarious. There's an ad for Peterborough area pest control (bats) randomly in the back. Not to mention that the whole book's bilingual for no apparent reason other that it tickled the fancy of whoever was in charge.
Kaisha Khalifeh
For all of those who have woken to find the wet footprints of a peacock across their kitchen floor or have been penetrated by a Mountie.
A hilarious combination of poetry and image that illuminates Ondaatje's sense of humor. A weird and fun little book.
Dec 25, 2007 Emma rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: smart-arses.
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Nothing short of genius, and completely not what I was expecting. Oh, Mr. Ondaatje, you are marvelous.
Quite possibly the greatest book in the history of civilization. For anone who has ever felt pain.
Smart, funny, entertaining. Quick read--one to share.
Megan C
This book is pretty funny, and also pretty odd.
Jan 18, 2008 Meg rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Loved. It. Hard.
Quirky, brilliant.
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He was born to a Burgher family of Dutch-Tamil-Sinhalese-Portuguese origin. He moved to England with his mother in 1954. After relocating to Canada in 1962, Ondaatje became a Canadian citizen. Ondaatje studied for a time at Bishops College School and Bishop's University in Lennoxville, Quebec, but moved to Toronto and received his BA from the University of Toronto and his MA from Queen's Universit ...more
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