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An exhilarating collection of short fiction, Play the Monster Blind showcases the remarkably original voice of Lynn Coady, the award-winning author of Strange Heaven. Funny, poignant and smart, full of unforgettable characters, these stories explore the violence of family, the constraints of small-town life and the elusive promise of escape.In "Ice Cream Man," an adolescenAn exhilarating collection of short fiction, Play the Monster Blind showcases the remarkably original voice of Lynn Coady, the award-winning author of Strange Heaven. Funny, poignant and smart, full of unforgettable characters, these stories explore the violence of family, the constraints of small-town life and the elusive promise of escape.In "Ice Cream Man," an adolescent girl struggles to come to terms with her mother's death and her father's seeming indifference while conducting a secret affair with an older man from the local arena. Gerald, the young boy in "Big Dog Rage," goes to extreme and reckless measures to thwart the expectations of his parents, teachers, and the local priest, leaving his childhood friend to look longingly on. And in the title story, Bethany sees her gentle fiancé anew as she enters the raucous world of his hard-drinking family. Receiving a sharp shot to the mouth from her future sister-in-law Bethany finds her place in this clan secured.With her incisive, resonant prose, Lynn Coady elicits laughter, sadness, and compassion. Play the Monster Blind is a keenly observed, imaginative collection from one of the most distinctive talents to arrive on Canada's literary scene in years....

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ISBN : 9780385259583
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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Play the Monster Blind Reviews

  • Alexis
    2019-01-06 03:22

    Three and a half stars. Read this years ago, but wanted to re-read for Canada Reads Indie.I like the grittiness of this collection and the portrayal of the harshness of Maritime life. Coady really excels and including the details of life and circumstances and her use of language is fantastic. Loved the many uses of the word "Jesus", and "arse."

  • AdamMcPhee
    2018-12-22 01:12

    I've now read all of Lynn Coady's books, and I wanted to rank them and organize them into a strict hierarchy, but I don't think I can except to say that I think this one is my favourite, andHellgoing is my least favourite, but I can't say why. Also I think I liked Mean Boy and The Antagonist more than Saints of Big Harbour and Strange Heaven, but those second two have stuck in my mind more, so I'm not even sure about that.

  • Jer Fairall
    2019-01-11 05:12

    Earns a place on my "favourites" shelf as it contains one of my very favourite short stories of all time, "In Disguise as the Sky," though there are four other pieces here nearly of equal quality. Play the Monster Blind (****/*****)Ice-Cream Man (****/*****)Batter My Heart (**/*****)Jesus Christ, Murdeena (**/*****)Look, and Pass On (***/*****)A Great Man’s Passing (****/*****)Big Dog Rage (****/*****)The Devil’s Bo-Peep (***/*****)In Disguise as the Sky (*****/*****)Run Every Day (***/*****)Nice Place to Visit (***/*****)

  • Buried In Print
    2019-01-16 05:29

    This review was deleted following Amazon's purchase of GoodReads. The review can still be viewed via LibraryThing, where my profile can be found here.I'm also in the process of building a database at Booklikes, where I can be found here.If you read/liked/clicked through to see this review here on GR, many thanks.

  • Daniel Kukwa
    2019-01-09 07:11

    The stories in this collection make for a wonderful examination of the irritating & the uncouth, the unpolished & the perplexed. A world full of idiosyncratic people, all trying to function in a world that seems to be changing too fast for their tastes. It delights in sucking in the reader into a vortex of so many different lives, yet leaves behind consistent feelings of ambiguity and uncertainty in its wake. Not at all what I was expecting...and I'm all the better for it.

  • Becka
    2019-01-03 05:30

    I absolutely love Lynn Coady, and this collection of short stories was a really fantastic way to get your fill of her fantastic dialogue and Canadian slang. Her characters are so easy to love and find yourself in, especially those of us who have had the pleasure of growing up in a small town or community. Brilliant!

  • Kevin Gallan
    2018-12-23 04:23

    every story is wonderful

  • Daphne
    2019-01-09 00:29

    Great as ever.

  • Zhou Yi
    2019-01-11 01:36

    I'M READY

  • Lindsey Pollard
    2019-01-12 03:22

    I can't get over how brilliant the conversations are in these stories.

  • Michele Iwanus
    2018-12-30 23:16

    I've never been much of a lover of short stories, but found this collection to be endearing and thought provoking. I will read this again some time.

  • Melissa Somerton
    2018-12-22 02:14

    Great collection of short stories. (see review of strange heaven).