Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Elimination Dance/La Danse Eliminatoire” as Want to Read:
Elimination Dance/La Danse Eliminatoire
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Elimination Dance/La Danse Eliminatoire

4.28  ·  Rating Details ·  109 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)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Elimination Dance/La Danse Eliminatoire, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Elimination Dance/La Danse Eliminatoire

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Kristin
Aug 06, 2007 Kristin rated it it was amazing
Smart, funny, entertaining. Quick read--one to share.
Carolina
Aug 04, 2007 Carolina rated it it was amazing
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.
Vicki
Oct 18, 2011 Vicki rated it it was amazing
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.
Wendy
Jun 03, 2015 Wendy rated it it was amazing
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...
megan c
Apr 19, 2008 megan c rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
This book is pretty funny, and also pretty odd.
Emma
Dec 25, 2007 Emma rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: smart-arses.
Shelves: favorites
Nothing short of genius, and completely not what I was expecting. Oh, Mr. Ondaatje, you are marvelous.
Gavin
May 22, 2007 Gavin rated it it was amazing
Quite possibly the greatest book in the history of civilization. For anone who has ever felt pain.
Kasandra
Oct 16, 2013 Kasandra rated it really liked it
A hilarious combination of poetry and image that illuminates Ondaatje's sense of humor. A weird and fun little book.
Kaisha
May 15, 2011 Kaisha rated it really liked it
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.
Terresa
May 16, 2011 Terresa rated it it was amazing
Quirky, brilliant.
Meg
Jan 18, 2008 Meg rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Loved. It. Hard.
Max
Max rated it liked it
Feb 21, 2015
Sarah
Sarah rated it really liked it
Dec 29, 2010
Megan
Megan rated it it was amazing
Feb 23, 2015
Matthew
Matthew rated it really liked it
Sep 14, 2015
Steven
Steven rated it it was amazing
Dec 30, 2011
Peter
Peter rated it it was amazing
Feb 02, 2013
MJ
MJ rated it it was amazing
Oct 22, 2009
Lee Bigelow
Lee Bigelow rated it really liked it
Jan 09, 2015
Don
Don rated it it was amazing
Feb 17, 2008
Romina
Romina rated it it was amazing
Jul 30, 2007
Catie
Catie rated it really liked it
Nov 22, 2007
Abigail
Abigail rated it really liked it
Oct 06, 2012
Ny
Ny rated it it was amazing
Jun 25, 2008
Sunil
Sunil rated it it was amazing
Oct 23, 2007
don quixote
don quixote rated it really liked it
Sep 12, 2011
Leia
Leia rated it it was amazing
Mar 07, 2011
Emily Siegenthaler
Emily Siegenthaler rated it it was amazing
Feb 02, 2014
Charlotte
Charlotte rated it it was amazing
May 18, 2007
Goldie
Goldie rated it it was amazing
May 21, 2009
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
4030
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
More about Michael Ondaatje...

Share This Book