These four accompanying fictions chase a British boy’s coming-of-age and his earlier cocky constant a apple that rarely lives up to his standards.
In the aperture novella, Medals and Prizes, Robert Forde aboriginal appears in 1950s England at age 14 as he shares with his best acquaintance a adulation of words, art, and applesauce records. After university, Forde immigrates to Canada and turns to writing. He receives an Order of Canada badge the day he visits a adolescent biographer adversity from Parkinson’s whose career Forde is asked to advice revive. In the abbreviate adventure “Ceazer Salad,” Forde walks about Ottawa and balustrade at abolished apostrophes and other abominations afterwards his latest book is panned. The appellation adventure shows him with a travel accumulation discharge his annoyance during a guided bout of Turkish cultural attractions. Both abbreviate belief additionally amore Forde’s wife, Sheila, and the combative amore of their conversation, abandoning Nick and Nora Charles of Hammett’s Thin Man. Metcalf (An Aesthetic Underground, 2015, etc.), a awful admired Canadian biographer built-in in 1938 whose activity resembles Forde’s, additionally brings to apperception abnormally Wodehouse, Waugh, Kingsley Amis, and Kyril Bonfiglioli. The jewel of the accumulating is the added novella, Lives of the Poets, in which Forde plays willing ear as the granddaughter of a 19th-century artist adventures over the course of a continued apathetic day and night in folio afterwards folio of astonishing dialogue, the two advertent their aggregate tastes for attention in language, forgotten rituals, abstruse artifacts, and drinking.
Metcalf applies wit, humor, and accomplished autograph to capacity of friendship, culture, commitment, and integrity—and all the petty things in life that seek to annihilate them. This is a book that could restore anyone’s acceptance in the amusement of reading.
John Metcalf comes as close to the baffling, painful comedy of human experience as a writer can get.—Alice Munro
Set in Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans, and Ottawa, the stories in this collection span the life of writer Robert Ford and his wife Sheila. Playing with various forms of comedy throughout, Metcalf paints a portrait of twentieth-century literary life with levity, satire, and unsuspecting moments of emotional depth.
John Metcalf is the author of more than a dozen works of fiction and nonfiction, including Standing Stones: Selected Stories, Adult Entertainment, Going Down Slow, and Kicking Against the Pricks.
The Museum at the End of the World
- BookThe Museum at the End of the World
- Author:John Metcalf
- Publishing Date:2016-11-15
- Number Of pages:272