- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: Viking Canada; 1st Edition edition (Aug. 5 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 067091147X
- ISBN-13: 978-0670911479
- Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 4.1 x 24 cm
- Shipping Weight: 794 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #605,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Man Game Hardcover – Aug 5 2008
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“The Man Game is as brilliant and twisted as a funhouse mirror, and Henderson is a wildly seductive ringmaster." - - Quill & Quire
“The Man Game is an absolute triumph.” - - Globe & Mail
“The Man Game is one of the most entertaining, rollicking and original Canadian novels I've ever read.” - - Toronto Star
“Lee Henderson has written an audacious, inventive, genre-bending debut novel." - - Chronicle Herald
“One of the strangest, strongest and most fascinating pieces of fiction to come around in some time...Totally captivating and terrifically different, this is a novel filled with action, tension and magic.” - - Owen Sound Sun Times
About the Author
Lee Henderson is the award-winning author of The Broken Record Technique and The Man Game. His writing appears in the PEN Canada anthology Finding the Words and the speculative fiction anthology Darwin’s Bastards. For a decade he has written about contemporary Canadian artists for Border Crossings magazine. He has exhibited artwork in Vancouver, Toronto, and elsewhere, and curated shows of contemporary art and experimental music, including the inaugural selection for Hamish Hamilton Canada’s online gallery, The Looking Glass. He has led workshops for UBC and the Summer Literary Seminar and mentored at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and he currently teaches creative writing at the University of Victoria. His new novel, The Road Narrows As You Go, will be published by Hamish Hamilton in September 2014.
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The book opens with the great Vancouver fire in 1886, around the same time the fictional Molly Erwagen enters the scene with her newly disabled husband. She quickly embroils herself in the local scene and creates a theatrical wrestling sport called the man game to satisfy her vaudeville desires. Molly is a fantastic character--a strong independent female who blazes her way through Vancouver. In fact, though this book is called 'the man game' there are a bunch of strong female characters, characters so strong in fact that they overpower many of the men in this book, which gives it a wonderful subtext of gender relations in a book that at first blush seems to be all about (or, I should say as it is written in the book "aboot") masculinity and male ego.
Filled with quirky historical facts, but written in a modern style, this isn't your grandma's historical fiction. It's full of cuss words, inflated male egos, and dirty fighting, but also makes time for the delicate art of the love story. I seriously loved every page of this book and can't wait to see what Henderson produces next. I fear that many will pass on this novel due to misconceptions about it being a 'boxing' novel, or turned away by the historical fiction slant, or those just plain uninterested in the Vancouver pioneer days. I say that because those are the three things that kept this book on my shelf for a year before I decided to finally read it--and now I know that cliche of never judging a book by its cover is true. Give it a shot, you'll like it.