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Tacones [Paperback]

Todd Klinck
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Nov. 20 2007 1895636841 978-1895636840 new format reprint

Tacones is a hangout for a subculture of outlaws and rejects—crackhead murderers, transvestite prostitutes, biastogerontophiles, hustler boys, and addicts—all painfully beyond denial, searching for connection, solace, humour, thrills, sex, and the perfect high. A rollicking and caustic romp through the violent and ambivalent world of the Toronto after-hours scene. Descend, if you dare...

Tacones was first published in 1997 after winning the 19th annual 3-Day Novel Contest. It was immediately praised for its raw, unflinching portrait of an underclass and was compared to John Rechy's City of Night.

Tacones feels as disturbingly fresh as it did ten years ago and it seemed a fitting time to reissue this scurrilous little novel, warts and all.


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p>“Compulsively readable” —Evelyn Lau

About the Author

Todd Klinck is a writer, film artist, former sex-trade worker, and co-owner of Mayhem North, an adult video company. His regular column “Trade” appears bi-weekly in fab magazine, and he has been the subject of feature articles in Xtra, Advocate, Now, The Toronto Star, and The Globe & Mail. Todd also appeared on Showcase's alternative lifestyle program, Kink. He co-authored the screenplay for the Genie-nominated feature film, Sugar and is currently working on an as-yet-untitled screenplay based on Tacones and a second novel, Us Whores. He lives in Toronto.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Fireworks in purgatory Sept. 9 2001
By act3
Format:Paperback
A mind-blowing slice of bohemian life in modern Toronto, Klinck serves it up with a cool matter-of-factness that belies the outrageousness of his subject.
Alternately funny, disgusting, horrifying and even tender at times Tacones (Spanish for "high heels") is a linked series of vingettes (cinematic, journalistic, sometimes epic, always surprising) that the describes the lives of a fabulous assortment of Toronto denizens, from the seemingly ordinary to the downright grotesque.
Here is the young trendy couple starting out in life, here the drug-addled drag queens, over there the violently sociopathic ex-con, the chillingly clueless kid-junkie parents and all the rest of the "parade of cockeyed creatures" that exist in the shadow-world of North America's big cities. There is no doubt that these characters are drawn from life, but from a kind of life that few of us ever see and that Klinck makes startingly real and (even worse) more than a little sympathetic.
Tacones exposes a world of ruined young lives, addicts, murderers, perverts, selfishness, greed all tied together by a dim thread of humanity that nobody quite understands. But that little gleam of humanity is what makes the novel understandable to the rest of us and makes us root for these already damned souls in spite of everything they do to survive.
Tacones is not like any other book I've ever read - well, maybe the shock of it is similar to the feeling that the early Beat poems and novels had on a complacent society. Still, the book is unique and well worth passing around among a group friends. A book to talk about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fireworks in purgatory Sept. 9 2001
By act3 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A mind-blowing slice of bohemian life in modern Toronto, Klinck serves it up with a cool matter-of-factness that belies the outrageousness of his subject.
Alternately funny, disgusting, horrifying and even tender at times Tacones (Spanish for "high heels") is a linked series of vingettes (cinematic, journalistic, sometimes epic, always surprising) that the describes the lives of a fabulous assortment of Toronto denizens, from the seemingly ordinary to the downright grotesque.
Here is the young trendy couple starting out in life, here the drug-addled drag queens, over there the violently sociopathic ex-con, the chillingly clueless kid-junkie parents and all the rest of the "parade of cockeyed creatures" that exist in the shadow-world of North America's big cities. There is no doubt that these characters are drawn from life, but from a kind of life that few of us ever see and that Klinck makes startingly real and (even worse) more than a little sympathetic.
Tacones exposes a world of ruined young lives, addicts, murderers, perverts, selfishness, greed all tied together by a dim thread of humanity that nobody quite understands. But that little gleam of humanity is what makes the novel understandable to the rest of us and makes us root for these already damned souls in spite of everything they do to survive.
Tacones is not like any other book I've ever read - well, maybe the shock of it is similar to the feeling that the early Beat poems and novels had on a complacent society. Still, the book is unique and well worth passing around among a group friends. A book to talk about.
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