The Cinnamon Peeler Paperback – Nov. 7 1992
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- Paperback : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0771068816
- ISBN-13 : 978-0771068812
- Publisher : McClelland & Stewart (Nov. 7 1992)
- Product Dimensions : 14.61 x 1.4 x 22.73 cm
- Item Weight : 272 g
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #133,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
Ondaatje's recurrent subjects--love, violence, art--are here treated with an ever-varying, uniformly intense language. Ondaatje's trademark crystalline violence snaps off the end of the early "For John Falling" as a man "drowns / in the dark orgasm of his mouth." Here too is the insatiable comedy so often overlooked in Ondaatje. The "intermission" poem "Elimination Dance" appropriates the conceit of a dance in which dancers must leave the group when experiences they share are announced. Among those whom Ondaatje calls out of the dance: "Anyone who has had to step into an elevator with all of the Irish Rovers," and "Those who have accidentally stapled themselves."
Hilarious, passionate, and visceral, Ondaatje's poetry, by its sheer accuracy, forces the reader into a paradox of sense and sensation. In the serial poem "Tin Roof," for example, black and white words so vividly evoke experience and emotion that the page turns into the very rooms of emotional geography of which Ondaatje writes. Ondaatje's profound images constantly bring the ghost of experience into the mouth, hands, or memory. With Ondaatje, art offers life, and life adores art. --Darryl Whetter
“Ondaatje is one of the country’s best, a formidable craftsman and artist.”
–The Whig-Standard, Kingston
“You feel yourself deep inside his mind and heart, and from there you feel the poem dance.”