The Arsenic Lobster: A Hybrid Memoir
by Peter Grandbois (Goodreads Author)
Literary Nonfiction. Memoir. "In this hilarious and poignant tour de force, our hero is caught in a maze of simulacra, the mirrored hallways of America gone mad. The hero's quest is to smash the mirrors around him--will his sword work? Could a guitar's chords shatter the glass with its rising duende? How can he demolish the specular artifice to find the scene of his real s...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Spuyten Duyvil
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Peter Grandbois comes across as a jerk in this memoir, but my reading was that he knew this and was trying to accurately portray himself and his thoughts. As a fencer I found the numerous fencing scenes to be engaging and I believe they gave me a way to relate to Grandbois that other people I know did not have. The prose is beautiful, and the structure of different lessons was interesting. The best parts were the fencing and childhood scenes at the beginning- beyond the first two lessons or chap...more
I think it is safe to say that, in all honesty, this is my new favorite book. This is the first book I've read in a very long time that I wasn't able to put down, and only the second book in my entire life that I've been extremely tempted to immediately read over again. There is such power and wisdom here, a life lived and lived fully, rich with achievement, struggle and a series of downfall-like changes that really pull at the heart strings. Unique in its presentation, this memoir pulls the rea...more
Peter Grandbois is the author of The Gravedigger (Chronicle Books, 2006), selected for both the Barnes and Noble “Discover Great New Writers” and the Borders "Original Voices" programs, The Arsenic Lobster (Spuyten Duyvil 2009), selected as one of the top five memoirs of 2009 by Sacramento News and Review, and Nahoonkara (Etruscan Press 2011), winner of the Gold Medal in literary fiction in ForeWo...moreMore about Peter Grandbois...