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Play the Monster Blind

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  98 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
An exhilarating collection of short fiction, Play the Monster Blind showcases the remarkably original voice of Lynn Coady, the award-winning author of Strange Heaven. Funny, poignant and smart, full of unforgettable characters, these stories explore the violence of family, the constraints of small-town life and the elusive promise of escape.

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Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 13th 2001 by Vintage Canada (first published 2000)
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Dec 14, 2010 Alexis rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
Three and a half stars. Read this years ago, but wanted to re-read for Canada Reads Indie.

I like the grittiness of this collection and the portrayal of the harshness of Maritime life. Coady really excels and including the details of life and circumstances and her use of language is fantastic.

Loved the many uses of the word "Jesus", and "arse."
Adam  McPhee
Dec 21, 2015 Adam McPhee rated it it was amazing
I've now read all of Lynn Coady's books, and I wanted to rank them and organize them into a strict hierarchy, but I don't think I can except to say that I think this one is my favourite, and Hellgoing is my least favourite, but I can't say why. Also I think I liked Mean Boy and The Antagonist more than Saints of Big Harbour and Strange Heaven, but those second two have stuck in my mind more, so I'm not even sure about that.
Jer Fairall
Earns a place on my "favourites" shelf as it contains one of my very favourite short stories of all time, "In Disguise as the Sky," though there are four other pieces here nearly of equal quality.

Play the Monster Blind (****/*****)
Ice-Cream Man (****/*****)
Batter My Heart (**/*****)
Jesus Christ, Murdeena (**/*****)
Look, and Pass On (***/*****)
A Great Man’s Passing (****/*****)
Big Dog Rage (****/*****)
The Devil’s Bo-Peep (***/*****)
In Disguise as the Sky (*****/*****)
Run Every Day (***/*****)
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Daniel Kukwa
Mar 30, 2015 Daniel Kukwa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The stories in this collection make for a wonderful examination of the irritating & the uncouth, the unpolished & the perplexed. A world full of idiosyncratic people, all trying to function in a world that seems to be changing too fast for their tastes. It delights in sucking in the reader into a vortex of so many different lives, yet leaves behind consistent feelings of ambiguity and uncertainty in its wake. Not at all what I was expecting...and I'm all the better for it.
Sep 08, 2009 Becka rated it really liked it
I absolutely love Lynn Coady, and this collection of short stories was a really fantastic way to get your fill of her fantastic dialogue and Canadian slang. Her characters are so easy to love and find yourself in, especially those of us who have had the pleasure of growing up in a small town or community.

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I've never been much of a lover of short stories, but found this collection to be endearing and thought provoking. I will read this again some time.
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Lynn Coady is an award-winning author, editor, and journalist. Her previous novels include Saints of Big Harbour, which was a national bestseller and a Globe and Mail Top 100 book, and Mean Boy, a Globe and Mail Top 100 book. Her popular advice column, Group Therapy, runs weekly in the Globe and Mail. Coady is originally from Cape Breton Island, NS, and is now living in Edmonton, Alberta.
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