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    When Sam woke the next morning he lurched upright in bed Why had a man’s body brought him pleasure Was he himself a man

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    Review published in Book Slut author Barry Webster's whimsical perversely playful fiction has garnered numerous accolades; indeed his 2005 collection The Sound of All Flesh took home the ReLit Award for best Cana

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    There is a particular logic that runs through the zany parabolic of LimB that drives the narrative and holds the story from flying apart In fact fot me the greatest surprise in this book of surrealistic phenomenon is that it ends so neatly as close to happy ever after as reality could beAnd I really loved it that the wa

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    The Lava in My Bones is surely one of the most rollicking and exuberant novels to come along in many years This deeply complex novel follows the adventures of a professional geologist named Sam Sam was born and raised in Cartwright Labrador which he left at the first opportunity in order to free himself of the influence of his relig

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    Maybe 45 stars since I found the experience a little uneven and it's a book you experience so than read It's an extravagant book the imagination unfettered a book that I wish books especially with Canada as a theme or at least as a character were like Or Canlit books Definitely Canlit books Loved that the author did just enough research to l

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    What the hell No really what the hell This is a ridiculous book It started out interesting and got real disgusti

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    This book has a throbbing intensity and is so wonderfully wild and imaginative The part told by the mother made me

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    I'm not sure how this ended up on my reading list but I guess I liked it It feels a little forced and awkward to me It seems like the author was making a conscious decision to turn the tropes of CanLit on their ears The landscape is a character yes but a violently obvious one There's magical realism yes but it's a sledg

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    Oh man this book I heard about this book in a university English tutorial when my TA asked the class what they read over the summer The only title I paid attention to was this one because the girl who introduced it said that it was Canadian Magical realist and involved a girl who sweated honey I thought to myself oh man what's not to love And really there is a lot of potential love that I could have given this book It i

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    People eat rocks and sweat honey and change genders and collect the holy urine of the Virgin Mary Parts of it are delightful The underlying moral of the story — to love yourself and your body Of course — feels shoehorne

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SUMMARY ´ MZINES.CO.UK ☆ Barry Webster

Uls with the help of the Virgin MaryTold in a lush baroue prose this intense extravagant magic realist novel combines elements of fairy tales horror movies and romances to create a comic hallucinatory celebration of excess and sensualityBarry Webster's first book The Sound of All Flesh won the ReLit Award for story collections I m not sure how this ended up on my reading list but I guess I liked it It feels a little forced and awkward to me It seems like the author was making a conscious decision to turn the tropes of CanLit on their ears The landscape is a character yes but a violently obvious one There s magical realism yes but it s a sledgehammer not a mist There s sensuality yes but it s vulgar and often grotesue There s strained family dynamics yes but there s little redemption or reconciliation There s personal growth and transformation yes but it s ridiculously over the top and comes to a head when towards the end don t worry this isn t a spoiler the book literally says redacted says the most insightful thing redacted ever heard or will hear Everybody is us We are not boring everyone is fascinating Everyone has had the same experiences They ve gone from being one person to another had their moments of exaltation and terror their journeys and it all happened when they weren t paying attention they were asleep or looking at dry cleaning bills No one is dull inside and it s never the end There s no final stage Other adventures will follow and we ll keep changing I mean if that s not CanLit in a nutshell I don t know what is but one of the key features of CanLit is that it s usually subtle rather than blunt and explicit So like I enjoyed this mostly although I almost gave up in the first section but it gets better but it was inelegant and kind of unpleasant

SUMMARY The Lava in My Bones

The Lava in My Bones

A frustrated geologist studying global warming becomes obsessed with eating rocks after embarking on his first same sex relationship in Europe Back home his young sister is a high school girl who suddenly starts to ooze honey through her pores an affliction that attracts hordes of bees as well as her male classmates but ultima When Sam woke the next morning he lurched upright in bed Why had a man s body brought him pleasure Was he himself a man Two men together was pointless they can t produce babies What s happened to logic Does science have anything to do with this With a flash of panic Sam thought the world is still dying and I m doing nothing about itThat week Sam ate rocks every day he couldn t resist their beckoning curvaceousness their ribald density and earthy flavour They swelled his libido and Franz ate rocks with him He became accustomed to Franz s maleness the deep voice vibrating the chest cavity the hardness of his eyebrow ridge wiry hair curling in unexpected places and the raw apple scent of his groinLuscious and positively dripping with style and honey Barry Webster s The Lava in My Bones is a frank often poetic exploration of sexuality maturity family and abandonment Divided into six parts the novel shifts between differing perspectives writing styles and overarching metaphors to deliver a sweeping tale that exists somewhere in the cross section between magical realism and the science of the natural worldSam the primary protagonist is a geologist on academic assignment in Zurich A perfunctory creature by nature Sam though a scientist is driven by an imagination that colours his world in such convincing ways he is sometimes unable to discern the difference between what s real and what isn t He freuently loses himself to doubt and ever deepening uestions as to the nature and purpose of his being as an individual and specifically as a sexual creature who until his time in Zurich and a chance encounter with an artist named Franz believed himself to be heterosexualMeanwhile back home in Labrador where Sam grew up his sister Sue is dealing with troubles of her own Since Sam abandoned her to suffer their parents alone several years prior to the start of the novel Sue has begun sweating honey It is literally bursting from her seeping out from her pores her follicles indeed from every possible bodily exit from which a liuid can escape As her involuntary sugary expulsion increases Sue is treated as a pariah in their town as a deviant of a sort not spoken of in conservative companyBinding Sam and Sue s fates are Franz Sam s lover from Zurich who at first lusts for Sam and turns him onto the sensual pleasure of devouring rocks then turns on him betrays him and ushers him away back to Canada where he is deemed insane rock eating just isn t understood in some places and confined to a mental institution their mother a religious sexually reticent zealot who deems her children to be in need of salvation by way of flinging consecrated urine at them as if it were holy water and their father a uiet non entity who it is implied once upon a time exploited his daughter s expanding honey based sexuality in nefarious fish catching ways and is in the present context of the story has abandoned his entire family in search of his true love a mermaid that may or may not existThe narrative arc to Webster s work is one of self acceptance and of confronting one s demons be they internally or externally represented the latter being Sam and Sue s mother and the book s primary antagonist The different styles play well to this effect elegantly portraying the differences between Sam and Sue as emotional with Sam being the esoteric and uncertain and Sue who is several years his junior becoming the voice of strength and sexual assuredness he might never be and the differences between the siblings and their mother as primarily ideologicalBoth Sam and Sue are tasked with embracing specifically what it is that separates them from the relative norm of their rather enclosed communities Sam s segments being the idiosyncratic of the two siblings and prone to flights of imaginative fancy are delivered in sharpened exchanges that highlight the surreality of his situation and the earth based predilections he experiences during his affair with Franz In contrast with that and the segment of text at the beginning of this review Sue s segment is outwardly sensual and linguistically explicit Suddenly honey gushed from my skin It shot in waves from the pores in my scalp filled my eyebrows and flowed so thickly across my open eyes that the edges of Jimmy s body wavered as if seen through the window of a car in a car wash The honey had been damned up for so long that it now poured forth in uantities I d never experienced It streamed from the crease below my jaw cascaded in sheets over my breasts hung in rippling curtains from my forearms and was like a waterfall tumbling from my vagina The parched ground below became a foam dappled honey uicksand that splattered onto my ankles and calves and stuck to the soles and sides of my feetThe two siblings the stone swallowing hardness of masculinity and the soft flowing femininity of a person sugar and sweetness than blood are contrasted as inversions of age and confidence and strength with the younger guiding the hand of the older sometimes overtly to a better understanding of selfFranz meanwhile is contrasted with their mother he the lover who opens Sam s mind to possibilities not previously entertained she the paragon of righteousness and arbiter of what s deemed acceptable of the norm and all who are represented thereinFranz is complicit in Sam s undoing both offering to expand his mind but also pushing him away when the affair between the two men breaks past the tidy little temporary affair Franz had hoped it would be and grows and festers as something bigger This of course is commitment and through commitment Franz s own fears and self doubts are revealed doubts which lead him on a journey of his own to discover the diamond within and to cast off the veneer of self he assumed naively to be accurate However through his explorations and the adoption of a female alter ego named Veronika he begins to see the world through suddenly opened eyes forcibly opened to the point where he again naively assumes a degree of understanding this time towards the struggles faced by woman in his environment It s a disingenuous change one evident of a man so eager to feel like he belongs either to a sub culture or to an individual that he forces the illusion of understanding without first doing the work reuired to attain it with any degree of integrityIf Franz is the novel s implied uncertainty and overwhelming desire to discover some sense of belonging Sam and Sue s mother is the heaving slab on concrete unwilling to move or be shaken from its old world ideals Ever the pious no matter how outmoded her views may appear to be their mother is presented as the novel s wall breaking overtly authoritarian familial disaster Webster gives mother dear an omniscient narrator s voice to add further fuel to the implication that despite having a manufactured bird s eye view of her children s perceived sexual indiscretions and devilish wrongdoings she knows nothing of them as emotional caring creatures categorically refusing to see them as individuals but only as flawed offspring in need of saving Her growth if one can call it that is in her willingness to lie and manipulate and assault others all in conflict with her piety in order to do what she s decided is right and proper for her children The end she hopes and prays for is justified no matter the cost The literal monster that Sam has become in the novel s second to last segment is the manifestation of the doubt and self degradation she has instilled in him from his earliest days and is in the end her undoing as wellThere s much to be said for the uality of Webster s psychosexual fairy tale much of it praise worthy The Lava in My Bones is an excellent companion to piece to another Arsenal Pulp novel Amber Dawn s Sub Rosa Though the narratives differ greatly the themes explored via magical realism feel compliant with one another The imagery presented in this novel coupled with Webster s perfunctory delicate and strangely lyrical language is like none other I ve read this year Sam and Sue s contrasted journeys of sexual discovery and emotional maturity are often joyous affairs well realized and carefully constructed

SUMMARY ´ MZINES.CO.UK ☆ Barry Webster

Tely turns her into a social pariah Meanwhile their obsessive Pentecostal mother repeatedly calls on the Holy Spirit to rid her family of demons The siblings are reunited on a ship bound for Europe where they hope to start a new life but are unaware that their disguised mother is also on board and plotting to win back their so What the hell No really what the hell This is a ridiculous book It started out interesting and got real disgusting real fast This would have been a 1 star review I truly resent having to read about giant donged rat men and jizz forests if it weren t for the hilarious rant robin that it inspired at our book club meeting That ending though