Five Legs (A-List) by Graeme Gibson

By Graeme Gibson

As part of the release of the recent A-List sequence, a curated collection of titles from Anansi's backlist that includes good-looking new covers and introductions by way of famous Canadian writers, comes Graeme Gibson's 5 Legs, with an creation by way of Sean Kane.

First released by way of Anansi in 1969, Five Legs used to be a leap forward for Canadian experimental fiction, promoting 1,000 copies in its first week. on the time Scott Symons wrote that "Five Legs has stronger writing in it, web page for web page, than the other younger Canadian novel that i will imagine of." Or certainly any younger American novel — together with Pynchon and Farina.

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Amerigo wants “to do something or other, before it was too late, for himself” (468). However, when Amerigo formulates his “crisis” a few pages later, his anxiety has already shifted from being a possession to not knowing his own worth as a possession: It was as if he had been some old embossed coin, of a purity of gold no longer used, stamped with glorious arms, mediaeval, wonderful, of which the “worth” in mere modern change, sovereigns and half-crowns, would be great enough, but as to which, since there were finer ways of using it, such taking to pieces was superfluous.

Nothing has happened. 44 The Medieval Presence in Modernist Literature Nothing is happening” (727). During a bridge game, Maggie Verver leaves to go on a “quest” to find Charlotte and continue to torment her by simply acting as though there is nothing the matter. Suddenly, Maggie has an intimation “of the thing hideously behind, behind so much trusted, so much pretended, nobleness, cleverness, tenderness” (892). She thinks of an “opportunity” as “assaulting her . . as a beast might have leapt at her throat,” and then sees Charlotte in the empty drawing room, “out of the cage” (895).

Amerigo abruptly leaves the shop. Eventually, Charlotte gets the shopkeeper to admit indirectly that the bowl has a flaw. But if no one can find it, he says, then it might as well not be a flaw. The Prince peers into the shop from outside “trying to reach with his eyes the comparatively dim interior” (536). Charlotte finally leaves without purchasing the bowl. Outside, Charlotte tells Amerigo that the bowl has a flaw, and Amerigo claims that he left the store because he saw the crack. But this is clearly a lie.

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