Modern Fiction (was Re: DWJ's Faults and Robertson Davies)

Ian W. Riddell iwr77 at
Sat Apr 13 11:02:58 EDT 2002

>From: Melissa Proffitt <Melissa at>

>I don't know that they're in the same league necessarily.  They definitely
>aren't writing the same kind of book and I think Davies is *far* more
>metaphysical than the others.  (Whether or not this is good is left to the
>reader to decide.  :)  But in terms of the actual fact, I was
>reading Margaret Atwood's _The Blind Assassin_ and the *way* in which the
>story was told reminded me of passages from _Fifth Business_.

I'm not able to clarify why very well, but they are both Canadian and there 
is a certain Canadian way of telling that comes through in their work, and 
in the work of Margaret Laurence, Timothy Findley, Anne Marie MacDonald. As 
I said, I can't pin my finger on it.


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