Snowball, Dragonfly, Jew: A Novel
although, shhhh, the book is comprised of shortish vignettes that work together like doozers to tell a larger story, mostly. so this might be some kind of "tween" stage of his writing career; a segmented novel.
but it is good, whatever it is...
the chapters connect in an almost random stream-of-consciousness flow, where a word mentioned at the end of one chapter wil...more
It all starts with a dream (recurring? One can imagine the protagonist replaying the scene over and over again in his mind) in which a much younger version of Ben has just witnessed his mo...more
Review to follow assuming I ever get the thing done. Or even started. I can see having to edit it a bajillion times. I enjoyed this quick read immensely, but I don't know if I "get" it or even know what this new-to-me author wants me to get. I have close to a bajillion questions. Maybe this review will consist of my questions.
I gave a low rating, because I just didn't get it. Apparently I like my books to have a storyline, a plot, something to fo...more
That this is Stuart Ross' first novel after a history of writing short stories shows up very plainly in the text - the chapters are short, and for the most part, disconnected.
The book's heart is a memory unearthed (dreamed?) by Ben, the protagonist, about his mother assassinating a Neo-Nazi when he was a young boy. However, I say this because this is the incident that...more
Stuart Ross’s novel Snowball, Dragonfly, Jew is a moving, funny, insightful, and engaging novel, imbued throughout with a great depth of feeling and a richness of observation for a cultural milieu rarely recorded.
Readers of Ross’s previous fiction will delight in seeing his trademark wit and the absurd reframing of modern life in a resonant, emotional vivid, and humourous magic realism.
The novel is a bitter, sweet, wry, funny, sad novel about memory, grief, identity, hatred, discrimination, chi...more
I won't completely pan it. When he was recollecting his thoughts and memories, there were times that he was very eloquent and his me...more
This highly original novel composed of brief vignettes, describes the narrator’s (Ben) memory of his mother avenging the murder of Polish Jews, by murdering neo-Nazi Rolf Kobe; his brother’s decent into insanity, his father’s cancer, and his own childhood bullying. The pieces are sad, often hilarious, and totally absorbing
Stuart Ross published his first literary pamphlet on the photocopier in his dad’s office one night in 1979. Through the 1980s, he stood on Toronto’s Yonge Street wearing signs like “Writer Going To Hell: Buy My Books,” selling over 7,000 poetry and fiction chapbooks.
A tireless literary press activist, he is the co-founder of the Toronto Small Press Book Fair and now a founding member of the Meet...more