Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero

Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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A Johnson has his Boswell and every Sticks Angelica has her Michael DeForgeSticks Angelica is, in her own words, "49 years old. Former: Olympian, poet, scholar, sculptor, minister, activist, Governor General, entrepreneur, line cook, headmistress, Mountie, columnist, libertarian, cellist." After a high-profile family scandal, Sticks escapes to the woods to live in what would be relative isolation were it not for the many animals that surround and inevitably annoy her. Sticks is an arrogant self-obsessed force who wills herself on the flora and fauna. There is a rabbit named Oatmeal who harbors an unrequited love for her, a pair of kissing geese, a cross-dressing moose absurdly named Lisa Hanawalt. When a reporter named, ahem, Michael DeForge shows up to interview Sticks for his biography on her, she quickly slugs him and buries him up to his neck, immobilizing him. Instead, Sticks narrates her way through the forest, recalling formative incidents from her storied past in what becomes a strange sort of autobiography.

Deforge's witty dialogue and deadpan narration create a bizarre, yet eerily familiar world. Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero plays with autobiography, biography, and hagiography to look at how we build our own sense of self and how others carry on the roles we create for them in our own personal dramas.
Publisher: Montreal, Qu├ębec : Drawn & Quarterly, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781770462700
Branch Call Number: DeFor
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly colour illustrations ; 16 x 29 cm


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Laura_X Nov 27, 2017

This is a fun read. Though it was drawn in strips it feels like a complete story. Overall the writing is incredibly Canadian; and not just because it is set in Canada. It is bizarre, whimsical and darkly humourous. You'll enjoy this if you're looking for something strange and unconventional.

Jun 23, 2017

Usual absurd stories. Tiny print very hard to read.

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