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Sitting in the Club Car Drinking Rum and Karma-Kola: A Manual of Etiquette for Ladies Crossing Canada by Train

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This is a witty romp that combines an old-fashioned love story with period detective fiction.
Paperback, 108 pages
Published September 23rd 2003 by Raincoast Books, Polestar (first published June 1st 1986)
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An odd little prosaic book with a poetic sensibility about a woman on the run from her past, imagining herself replicating the kind of travel and behavior one would see in a 1940s train-bound noir movie. There's a sentence in here about the pigeons "flying off like applause." That's the kind of writing we're talking about. And it has a wry sense of humor. The concept is presented in very short chapter chunks. Almost self-contained while advancing the narrative. This is kind of fun, kind of diffe ...more
Oct 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book can be read in one, enjoyable sitting. Refreshingly imaginitive, poetic, and definitely worth a second read.
Bill Adams111
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literary
This little novella is a wonderful train story with a claustrophobic atmosphere and terrific language. I will shelve it with my small collection of “prose poetry.”

The narrator, a recently unemployed woman, flees Seattle after having maxed out a stack of credit cards to limits she knows she can never repay. She travels to Vancouver, B.C. and boards a train headed to Montreal.

Onboard, she imagines she is a glamorous femme fatale in a 1940’s detective movie, or maybe in an Agatha Christie novel.
Oct 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
Chez Hilroy
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I picked this up for $5 while looking for Zelda Fitzgerald's book and A Moveable Feast. I'm very, very glad I found it.

A sometimes-seething, sometimes-peachy escape fantasy hurtles across Canada through the familiar narrative of a pulp train mystery. Our heroine, the damsel-cum-fatale, flees from the boundaries of a middle-class woman's life in America, inventing her new life as she goes. The text is meta, very self-referential, but with enough wit and conviction to maintain cohesion in both the
Sep 06, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: canadian
This short, strange, and incredibly self-aware book truly captured my imagination and effectively placed me on a cross-country train right along with the story's heroine. By no means is this book for everyone: the author's style is quirky, with short scenes played (and sometimes REplayed) out in a movie-esque style. And although its continual self-references feel slightly tiresome by the end of the novel, its abundance of charm and grace won me over easily.
Feb 10, 2008 rated it it was ok
ehhh I wanted to like this book but I just couldn't. I liked the way she wrote with descriptive sentences and interesting characters but she just didn't tie it all together in the end. It was a throwback to the 40's detective novella and I'm dying to try a Karma-Kola.

I did like the touch of the train racing through the bottom of each page as you get closer to the end.
May 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
This was the first book our book club read. Paulette Jiles was on the panel at the UND Writer's Conference. This book has quite a cult following.
Sep 09, 2013 rated it liked it
What an odd little book. I still am entirely sure a)the point and b) what happened. But...I enjoyed it.
Jul 23, 2007 rated it did not like it
Dull. Tries to hard to be a good book.
Roxanne Deyerle
Dec 09, 2013 rated it liked it
A fun book that I wish I'd read on a train.
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Paulette Jiles is an American poet and novelist. Born in Salem, Missouri, she was educated at the University of Missouri with a degree in Romance Lanugages. Jiles lives in the Texas Hill Country on a small ranch.

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