Once More With Feeling

Once More With Feeling

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Set over the course of a single year in a western prairie city, Once More with Feeling tells the story of a community through intersecting moments and interconnected lives. Featuring a cast of eclectic characters, Once More With Feeling is about a city, about a community, about a family, and about the way time makes fond fools of us all. Award-winning author Méira Cook has crafted a haunting, profound novel that is at once funny, affecting, and yes, full of feeling.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, Anansi,, 2017
ISBN: 9781487002961
1487002963
Branch Call Number: FIC Cook
Characteristics: 428 pages

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capitalcity
Nov 09, 2017

Once More With Feeling: a helter-skelter caboodle of waggish anecdotes set in and around Winnipeg. The lack of homogeneous cohesion is actually the book's great asset, for, as anyone will tell you, humor is a very personal thing. What's uproariously funny to one person, verges on the disgusting for the next. Case in point, reading this book, with interest seriously flagging by the hundred page mark, I was about to chuck it when p 119 produced a hearty belly laugh. Immediately offering a browse through of said page to a friend didn't even elicit a smile, but a look of bewilderment and disdain. After perusal momentum waned again, pp 157-158 to the rescue. And so it went to the end. At which point it became evident that there's indeed a trickle of an undercurrent throughout Cook's novel, best summed up by an old Schlitz Beer intonation: 'You only go 'round once in life. Go for the gusto.' Otherwise, were consigned to practising limnology along the shoreline of oblivion.

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sneha
Oct 26, 2017

This book is more like loosely connected short stories than a novel, and it took me several chapters to feel drawn in. But Cook's writing is incredible, and it was the beauty of her writing that kept me reading (Chapter 9 is a masterpiece). By the end, I was completely invested in the world of characters that she had built. I don't know that I will ever read this book from cover to cover again, but I will certainly open it at random and read a few pages just to experience Cook's mastery of language.

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