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Five Legs

Written by Graeme Gibson

Introduction by Sean Kane

Series Title: A List

  • 280 Pages
  • 9781770892576
  • 8.5" x 5.5"
  • FICTION / Literary


Publication Date October 13, 2012

<p>First published by Anansi in 1969, <em>Five Legs</em> was a breakthrough for Canadian experimental fiction, selling 1,000 copies in its first week. At the time Scott Symons wrote that "<em>Five Legs</em> has more potent writing in it, page for page, than any other young Canadian novel that I can think of." Or indeed any young American novel — including Pynchon and Farina.</p> <p><em>Five Legs</em> is the subversive tale of two guilt-ridden young men, Lucan Crackell and Felix Oswald — one a professor, the other his student — caught in the grip of the North American Protestant ethic, with its emotional web-spinning and sexual torments. Gibson captures both their mortifications and their spirited resistance to all things WASP, themselves included, in stream-of-consciousness prose that is at once fluid, disjointed, and hilarious. Essential reading for any Canlit junkie, and quite a trip. This edition features a new introduction by Sean Kane. </p>


Graeme Gibson
Graeme Gibson is the acclaimed author of <em>Five Legs, Communion, Perpetual Motion,</em> and <em>Gentleman Death</em>. He is a long-time cultural activist, and co-founder of the Writer's Union of Canada and the Writers' Trust. He is a past president of PEN Canada and the recipient of both the Harbourfront Festival Prize and the Toronto Arts Award, and is a Member of the Order of Canada. He lives in Toronto.

Sean Kane