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Jacob's Ladder
     

Jacob's Ladder

by Joel Yanofsky
 

Our protagonist here is Jacob, an anglophone Montrealer immersed in a complicated loneliness of the soul. He is surrounded by empty friendships, unrequited passions, undue antagonisms, and even a fatal attraction. There is deft observation and much emotion. This may all sound excessively cluttered, but Yanofsky's prose is capable of handling the action.

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Our protagonist here is Jacob, an anglophone Montrealer immersed in a complicated loneliness of the soul. He is surrounded by empty friendships, unrequited passions, undue antagonisms, and even a fatal attraction. There is deft observation and much emotion. This may all sound excessively cluttered, but Yanofsky's prose is capable of handling the action.

Editorial Reviews

The Globe & Mail
'Yanofsky cuts and pastes these eccentric lives together in a charming and detached way. He never lets the zaniness get too cute or sentimental, not an easy task with so many maniacs on board. As Jacob says, ''everyone I know is crazy. Absolutely nuts. ... I don't believe they are out to get me any more. I just believe they are out to confuse me.'' '

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780889841918
Publisher:
Porcupine's Quill, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/28/1997
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.57(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.67(d)

What People are Saying About This

Sheila Fischman

'This wonderful novel introduces a new fictional landscape: suburban, anglophone Montréal. Life for its denizens is just a little different -- distinct, one might say -- and Jacob Glassman, witness and participant, is one of the most appealing characters I've met in years.'

Richard Ford

'I quite like Jacob's Ladder. It's smart, it's extremely observant. It throbs with the excessive and obsessive qualities of its journal-entry design.... What I like most about this novel is its seriousness, and its determination to make a life without epiphanies a literary subject worthy of your and my dedication.... This book wants to add to the sum of what's important and make known about life what isn't [known] yet. And in many, many ways it does so.'

Georgia Straight
'Our protagonist here is Jacob, an anglophone Montrealer immersed in a complicated loneliness of the soul. He is surrounded by empty friendships, unrequited passions, undue antagonisms, and even a fatal attraction. There is deft observation and much emotion. This may all sound excessively cluttered, but Yanofsky's prose is capable of handling the action.'

Meet the Author

Joel Yanofsky's first collection of stories, Homo Erectus ... And Other Popular Tales of True Romance was published by Nuage Editions in 1996. He teaches journalism at Concordia University. Yanofsky's reviews and articles have appeared in The Village Voice, Canadian Geographic, Chatelaine, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star and The Montreal Gazette, among others.

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