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A White Pebble: ~The First Stone~ by Jeremy Henatyzen
A White Pebble: ~The First Stone~ by Jeremy Henatyzen
In Amulet, Roberto Bolano's heroine, Auxilio Lacouture ("the Mother of Mexican Poetry"), somewhat reluctantly reads the first novel of Bolano's fictional counterpart, Arturo Belano, and comments: "In any case I read it, with reservations at first, but then with pleasure, not because it was good, no, what I liked were the signs of determination on each page: the novel was bad, but he was good."

Jeremy Henatyzen's The White Pebble is like that. Structurally, it's a mess. He's crammed much more into it than its slender 230 pages can contain. The plot explodes out in all directions and its trailing threads are never gathered in. Characters appear for a chapter and then disappear… Read more
Muriella Pent by Russell Smith
Muriella Pent by Russell Smith
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected pleasure, Nov. 30 2005
If you only know Russell Smith from his somewhat supercilious column in the Globe and Mail you may be reluctant to read his novels. Don't be. Smith is an enemy of sanctimony, political correctness and conventional thinking. He writes clear, fresh prose that's full of surprises. Muriella Pent is furious social satire, but it's also a good story with characters you can care about. It turns out (who would have thought?) that Smith is a generous and sympathetic observer of our human failings. In fact, my only real complaint about this novel is the surprisingly sentimental resolution of its romantic subplot. There are a few other minor irritants, of course. If you're not offended at some point… Read more