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"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
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Published August 31st 1998 by Cormorant Books
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Ian
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Emkay Scott
May 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: satire, funny, hilarious
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
Mike
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
The book fills in the colours of the characters painted by the stage play. There were some peripheral characters that could have been swept under the rug, but the back stories for the main characters are phenomenal. Stratton's sense of humour is much like that of Christopher Moore, but his writing style is superior to Moore's.

I've met Mr. Stratton, and he's a thoughtful, intelligent and articulate guy. Here's hoping we see more socio-political satire from his pen.
Gabrielle
Nov 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
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Quirky, and best not taken too seriously. It would take a daring theatre group to try this one.
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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 ...more
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