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This Is Our Writing

by T.F. Rigelhof

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canadian, essays
list price: $18.95
edition:Paperback
published: 2000
ISBN:9780889842182
publisher: Porcupine's Quill
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Punctuate his title as you like but T.F. Rigelhof considers This is Our Writing a declaration, an enquiry and an exclamation. As a writer of half a dozen, a reviewer of dozens upon dozens, and as a reader of a multitude more books, Terry Rigelhof knows much about writing in Canada.

In these eleven essays, he asks what is best in what has been written by Canadians in the twentieth century. He examines selected works of some writers whose accomplishments need serious revaluation. What are the real achievements of Robertson Davies, Carole Corbeil, Mavis Gallant, Mordecai Richler, Hugh Hood, Leonard Cohen and George Grant? Rigelhof comes up with a list that will surprise some and dismay others.

This is a book for readers who have always known in their heart of hearts that Robertson Davies was an egregious windbag and that underneath the inspired silliness of their carefully contrived and managed public images, Mordecai Richler and Leonard Cohen have produced three of the most intelligent novels we have. In a sequence of interlocking personal essays, Rigelhof explores living a writerly life in Canada at the end of the twentieth century. The text is fortified by a dozen photographs, all but one previously unpublished, by Gabor Szilasi, one of Canada's greatest active documentary photographers.

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Editorial Reviews

'Over the last decade, The Porcupine's Quill has developed a minor specialty in publishing cantankerous books that challenge the complacency of Canadian literary commentary. ...Now comes T.F. Rigelhof's This Is Our Writing, which asks the bracing and necessary question: What is truly good in Canadian fiction and what is merely trendy and popular?'

— The National Post

'[T.F. Rigelhof is] the choice man for reading our society's erratic spiritual pulse.'

— The Montreal Gazette

'In This Is Our Writing, critic and novelist T.F. Rigelhof offers a rigorous appraisal of Canadian fiction, handing out half a dozen bouquets and a few walloping brickbats to those works he has found compelling enough to win his admiration or overrated enough to draw his ire. Rigelhof's criticism will be familiar to regular readers of the Globe & Mail, and This Is Our Writing finds him at his most personal, blending his heartfelt opinions with a kind of meandering autobiography that is rare, but not unwelcome, in the straitlaced field of literary criticism.'

— amazon.ca
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T.F. Rigelhof

Regina-born novelist, book reviewer, cultural critic, and award-winning memoirist T.F. Rigelhof resides in Montreal, Canada.

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