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Medals and Prizes Reviews

Medals and Prizes by John Metcalf

Medals and Prizes

John Metcalf

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1 review

Imprint: And Other Stories
Publisher: And Other Stories
Publication date: 16 Nov 2020
ISBN: 9781911508960

'John Metcalf has written some of the very best stories ever published in Canada. He comes as close to the baffling, painful comedy of human experience as a writer can get.' Alice Munro

4 stars out of 5
Sarah Gilmartin
7 Dec 2020

"Deftly crafted stories filled with dark comedy"

In this story and others – The Nipples of Venus, Cezar Salad, Keys and Watercress – Metcalf packs in an amount of cultural knowledge. The collection is as informative as it is entertaining. He writes particularly well on music, art and food. His attention to the latter can be seen in title choices but also in the line-by-line descriptions. In the atmospheric opening story with its Withnail & I overtones, a grimy student digs comes alive in the details: “Even the air seemed brown . . . The slice of ham had an iridescent quality, hints of green and mauve.”

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