- Title: More
- Author: Austin Clarke
- ISBN: 9780061772405
- Page: 494
- Format: Hardcover
From Austin Clarke, the critically acclaimed author of The Polished Hoe winner of the Giller Prize comes More, a powerful new novel of survival in a cold and alienating world Certain to become a classic in contemporary world literature, More carries readers into the lonely life of an immigrant domestic abandoned years before by a faithless husband, her life devastated byFrom Austin Clarke, the critically acclaimed author of The Polished Hoe winner of the Giller Prize comes More, a powerful new novel of survival in a cold and alienating world Certain to become a classic in contemporary world literature, More carries readers into the lonely life of an immigrant domestic abandoned years before by a faithless husband, her life devastated by her son s involvement in gang culture and crime and her remarkable journey from tragedy back to the light An unforgettable portrait of the black immigrant experience, it is a novel to be read and remembered.
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how many of you would groan if i said i just wanted more from this novel?don't care. parts of this book batter me with how well he gets into the mind of this character, and her perceptions and fears and shifts between confidence and a wish to hide herself away from the world are fantastic and uncomfortably recognizable. the parts that are good are amazingever, i don't usually have a problem with a nonlinear story, but this one was more difficult than usual. i don't know if i was ever sure what w [...]
I love this book. This is the second of Austin Clarke's novels that I have reviewed on ,and let me say right off the bat that if you are one of those readers who believe all novels should conform to some literary stylistic rule book you should not read this one. For example, Barbadian novelist Austin Clarke can fill two whole pages of rambling fiction without a single period to allow for the catching of one's breath. Also to the foreigner who is not familiar with Bajan dialect you can rest assur [...]
this being the first book i have read by austin clarke, i have to say i was immensely disappointed,considering his impressive reputation, especially here in canada.i found the book just rambled on for 300 pages, with nothing much really happening, and i found myself skipping large sections of the book, which is something i almost never do. on top of that, i just didn't like the style of writing eitheryway, i will give The Polished Hoe: A Novel a try at some point, largely because i already own t [...]
I enjoyed this story, set in Toronto, about a Bajun-Canadian woman waiting on her wayward son to return home. The city of Toronto is a character in the novel, which is fun to read. However, Clarke's style of writing leaves something to be desired. The novel is written in the mother's, Idora's, voice, in one long, rambling rant that goes back and forth between her past to her present. What Clarke has to say about being black in a multicultural and ostensibly accepting Toronto, however, is searing [...]
OMG. What a gut-retching, heartbreaking, gritty, raw, too-close-to-home look at my city. I can see why it is important now to also read the literature from my city, my province, my country. This book (I audiobooked it) read like a map of Toronto-- a very detailed map-- in which you can visit and see every place named. The book was the landscape of Idora's mind. She is a poor, Black, Caribbean immigrant, single-mom and it does not really stray from that. The confines of her life (really a basemen [...]
Clarke is a very well known Canadian writer who has won numerous literary prizes. The book that won the Giller Prize, the Polished Hoe, was a great story, but it was very hard to read as it was written is Bajun dialect (Clarke is from Barbados). This novel is written is plain English, but it reads as a somewhat delirious ramble. A Barbadian-Canadian woman is worried because her son is not home. As the story unravels we find out that she came to Canada as a domestic worker (popular means of immig [...]
A beautifully drawn character (Idora) is trapped in a novel so poorly plotted as to be embarrassing. For example, as soon as we learn of Josephine's boyfriend, does any reader NOT know what will happen? The blurbs quoted on the cover say that this is a good portrait of Toronto. Would any readers here at agree?
This adult novel looks closely at the play between racism, poverty and politics in Canada through the eyes of Idora, a single mother whose son has just disappeared into criminal gang life. This is a slow moving story and recommended for very mature readers who are interested in socio-political issues in Canada.
I guess I am in the minority but I loved this book. I loved the main character's slow descent into insanity.Great prose
Idora's experience as an immigrant woman from Barbados in Toronto and her son's involvement in a gang.Liz
I read this for school.Let me state here that I hated it with a passion.I even got to see Austin Clarke on a school trip where he was doing a reading.Why do I hate it?I can't follow it. The book writes whatever it wants to write with no concern for its readers. I had to read it for school, and I couldn't understand anything. Reading this book was like reading random words with no meaning because things are so disjointed you don't get to follow a thread and build an understanding. Suddenly the bo [...]
Austin Clarke is a Canadian author of Caribbean descent who received acclaim for his book, The Polished Hoe (which I haven't read). In More, Clarke weaves a tale about Idora Morrision a Caribbean immigrant living in Canada who receives the news that her son BJ may be involved in gang activity. Abandoned years before by her husband who went to America to find work, Idora has had to raise BJ alone in a land foreign to her. The book takes place over the course of 5 days as Idora sort of has a break [...]
Terrible. The first two pages are ONE SENTENCE, and the writing gets worse from there. It's intrusive and self-conscious and gets in the way of caring about anything that happens, never mind the characters. Stay away from this one.
Hmmm far not sure.
not always a fan of Austin Clarke's books because of the theme "being an immigrant is SO depressing"; this is more of "being an immigrant is so lonely"
Tried so hard understanding this book. Good story, good protagonist made awfully boring by the personal style of this particular writer.
I threw in the towel after about 75 pages. Definitely not my type of novel.
Mediocre. Clarke can write much better than this.
I actually did not finish this book. I cannot get accustomed to Clarke's writing style. The same problem with The Polished Hoe.
Boring as all hell.I will read anything and very few books have made me struggle my way through them like this one. I literally had to force myself to finish it.
I gave up on this one at around pg 57.
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