The Phoenix Lottery
by Allan Stratton (Goodreads Author)
"Stratton unleashed. Stratton slipped free from the unruly bonds of the earth, with voices from Lord-knows-what astral plane whispering devilishly, deliciously in his ear about naughty Baptists, wicked cardinals, and the spectacular Beamishes, pere et fils. In The Phoenix Lottery, thank God, live the first Canadians one has wanted to meet since Trudeau."Michael Valpy, The...more
Paperback, 1 page
Published August 31st 1998 by Cormorant Books
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I've had a copy of The Phoenix Lottery for a while now but I only just started reading it up a couple days ago. Good call - this book was absolutely incredible; I was blown away. It was funny, sad, and everything in between, not to mention brilliant. I love the combination of the religious and secular worlds, the Vatican to Toronto goth performance art, ghosts, saints, and businessmen all involved in a plot that, while a little 'out there' to some, was really well pulled off by the talented Mr....more
The Phoenix Lottery is a wacky ride but so well-written that the craziness is not just plausible but likely. You root for the characters and get absorbed pretty quickly into their worlds. I love books that switch locales and interrupt the sameness of one set of characters. So, the Vatican and the pope, Castro and Cuba, Baffin Island (yes!), rural Ontario, Toronto. Van Gogh and a send-up of corporate excess, the art world, the Catholic Church, society's prudishness. Stratton writes award-winning...more
I received this book as a gift from my favourite librarian ever. It was personally autographed by Allan Stratton. This story was a bit confusing as there are a few storyline that merge into one. Although with a few chapters read, this book became enticing. I read it cover to cover in no time. This is a great novel. Love his work and this one does not disappoint.
ALLAN STRATTON is the internationally acclaimed author of CHANDA'S SECRETS, winner of the American Library Association's Michael L. Printz Honor Book, the Children's Africana Book Award, and ALA Booklist's Editor's Choice among others. His first YA novel was the ALA Best Book LESLIE'S JOURNAL. His latest, CHANDA'S WARS, a Junior Library Guild selection, won the Canadian Library Association's Young...moreMore about Allan Stratton...