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The Obituary

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  23 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Rosine is surrounded by ghosts. Ghosts of family. Ghosts of past lovers. Ghosts of an old Montreal and its politics. Ghosts of the Montreal quarry workers who, in the 1880s, frequented the Crystal Palace gardens, upon whose ruins her Mile-End triplex sits. Her dead maternal family is there, too, with their restlessness, their stories, their forgotten indigenous ancestry, t ...more
Paperback, 167 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Coach House Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Steven Dunn
Jul 02, 2014 Steven Dunn rated it it was amazing
This book highlights WHO is allowed to narrate, and what form the narration manifests. Also, there's this theme of narrating as an erased people: Natives/Mixed Race Natives in Canada in this case who deal with the erasure of their heritage, and those who want to erase their own heritage because of the pressures of assimilation. Gail Scott shows this by having the narrator (who might be a ghost), speak the past through her relatives (who are also ghosts). But even when the past is told, it feels ...more
Nikki
Jan 03, 2011 Nikki rated it it was amazing
Like, fuck, yeah. Again. More. Again.
Andrew
Mar 20, 2011 Andrew rated it did not like it
I’ve been struggling to find an angle for Gail Scott’s The Obituary, but in truth I am conflicted. On one hand, I have read the book and attempted to analyze it to the best of my abilities, but on the other hand, I feel confident in saying that I am clearly not the audience for this title.

I wish I were. God knows I found the descriptions I’ve read of the book to be absolutely enticing, but in no way indicative of my experience with it. What is billed as an exploration of the ideas of the ghosts
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