Join the Revolution, Comrade: Journeys and Essays

Join the Revolution, Comrade: Journeys and Essays

by Charles Foran


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Join the Revolution, Comrade: Journeys and Essays by Charles Foran

In Join the Revolution, Comrade , Charles Foran brings to the essay form the same restlessness and originality that mark his novels and non-fiction. Foran visits places in Vietnam that have been 'colonized' by western war films, talks to Shanghai residents about their colossal city and commiserates with the people of Bali about the effects of terrorist bombs on their island. In Beijing he looks up old friends he had known back in 1989 during the days before and after the June 4th massacre. "Join the revolution, Comrade," a friend had loved to say, quoting a line from a Bertolucci film. Foran also 'encounters' Miguel de Cervantes, the Buddha of Compassion, and the pumped-up American Tom Wolfe. He maps the geography of Canadian literature and pinpoints the 'inner-Newfoundland' of Wayne Johnston. He defends the novel against those who would tame it and uses an ancient Chinese philosopher to explain how one imagination — his own— works. Whether exploring the waterways of Thailand or the streets of his childhood in suburban Toronto, meditating on raising children in post-9/11 Asia or the music of good prose, Charles Foran's writing is fresh, alert, and free of convention.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781897231418
Publisher: Biblioasis
Publication date: 08/22/2008
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Charles Foran: Charles Foran is the author of seven books. He lives with his family in Peterborough, Ontario.

Table of Contents

Preface     11
Join the Revolution, Comrade: My June 4th Obsession     17
The Ice Cracking at Dawn: A Memoir Of 9/11     35
Why you Should Travel: A Family in 9/11 Asia     41
Pray to the Lord of the Lotus: Floating In Old Siam     51
Three Films About Vietnam: Coppola, Kubrick And War Movies     61
Shanghai Beauty: On Being Small In China     71
Lingua Franchise: English The Conqueror     83
Dumb As a Sack of Hammers: A Southern Ontario Childhood     87
Idiom-Proof: How To Talk Canadian     93
Eloquence Lost: The Death Of The Topographical Mind     97
Can't Think for the Racket: Music And Prose     101
Butterfly Into Man: A Parable About Stories     113
The Life Quixotic: Cervantes And The Invention Of Fiction     117
A Civilizing Influence: Tariq Ali's Islam Quintet     125
Burning Man: Pankaj Mishra In The World     133
All Sex is Real: The Mainstreaming Of Pornography     141
The Bonfire is Out: Tom Wolfe In Bush's America     149
The Disappointment Artists: American Fiction In The New Millennium     157
Everyone Knows this is Everywhere: Noah Richler's Literary Atlas Of Canada     165
The Paradox ofParadise: Adventures In Waynejohnstonland     175
What We Want from Novels: In Praise Of (A Little) Difficulty     183
Acknowledgements     189

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