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Stripmalling is the story of one young man’s embarrassing and hilarious journey to literary awareness. Jonny lives and works in a strip mall in suburban Winnipeg. For some people, this would be an exciting and fulfilling life. But Jonny has a dream: he wants to be a writer. He has almost everything he needs to make this dream come true: a supportive girlfriend, an active i ...more
Hardcover, 180 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by ECW Press
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Vicki
Oct 30, 2011 Vicki rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book. The idea has promise, that of taking a fairly commonplace central story - guy with dead end job in what he feels is a town that stymies his creativity aspires to be a writer - and blowing out the walls by approaching it from conventional text, graphic novel, workshopped screenplay and multiple perspectives. But the reality is that it's a thin story with no really interesting characters or fresh insights, especially on the encroachment of big box corporate conce ...more
Mark Victor Young
Aug 12, 2009 Mark Victor Young rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
A hybrid book--not quite graphic, not enough novel. But really funny and dark and the two kinds of storytelling complemented each other quite well here. It wasn't strong on plot, mostly feckless, self-loathing characters. The Jonny character was hilarious and you're always skating on the thin ice the author deliberately sets up between what is autobiography and what is fiction. Both are funny and no decision is necessary. They both get thumbs up from me. I will definitely seek out some of his ea ...more
Tori
Oct 20, 2013 Tori rated it liked it
I liked it...

That's pretty much all there is to it. I can't write a review on this book because it's a bizarre way of writing that's quite hard to judge, you either like it or you don't.

And I liked it.
I found it pointless and refreshing and it made me laugh.
Which to me was great at the time - it's a one-read kind of book.


But yes, I liked it.

Tia
Apr 11, 2013 Tia rated it liked it
CanLit, Winnipeg-centric.

I enjoyed the romp through Transcona of yore, the scathing wit, and the apt depictions of Winnipeg. Slightly confusing and occasionally hard to follow. Contained some good laughs.
Christina
Mar 19, 2013 Christina rated it really liked it
I loved this book. It was unique and hilarious. A book to read over again and again just for its quirkiness! I finished it the same day I started it. I couldn't put it down.
Pooker
I rather thought the pink cover of this book was representative of Transcona's flamingos, but turns out the book comes in blue too. So much for that idea.

Review to come.
Aitor
Feb 19, 2013 Aitor rated it did not like it
One of the most pathetic books I've ver read.

Just by saying: "It's a shitty book and I'm an ass", you don't make the book any better.

Not original at all.
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Andrew Dearborn
Dec 09, 2012 Andrew Dearborn rated it liked it
This book is kind of dull. It's a mid life crisis biography of a man who doesn't matter....
Graham
Jun 20, 2012 Graham rated it liked it
A little different but was a interesting little read.
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Jon Paul Fiorentino is the author of I'm Not Scared of You or Anything (Anvil Press) and Needs Improvement (Coach House Books). He is also the author of the novel Stripmalling which was shortlisted for the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, and five poetry collections, including The Theory of the Loser Class, which was shortlisted for the A. M. Klein Prize and Indexical Elegies which won ...more
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