I always appreciate it when I meet a non-Canadian who knows something about Canadian literature. There are usual several minutes of gushing, comparing notes, and then a sudden, awkward pause.
"No," I invariably must proclaim, "I have never lived on an isolated farm, nor have I had sex with a bear, a dead body, or a relative. No, I don't know why so many of our novels are like that."
This article, a review of Stephen Marche’s debut novel, looks at some of the more exotic Canadian literary traditions. I'm not sure why his list of the 10 most memorable sex scenes in Canadian literature doesn't include any by Marie-Claire Blaise, but to each his own, I suppose.
My wife has always been nuts about Canadian novelists. Until just now, I never thought to wonder why.
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