By Graeme Gibson
Completely on hand from Anansi electronic, Communion is among the misplaced, nice works via a Canadian literary titan.
Originally released in 1971, Communion maintains the tale of Felix Oswald that begun in 5 Legs. We meet Felix Oswald back, a self-mocking and obsessed hero, a voyeur, and all-time loser, after he graduates from college and accepts a role as a part-time veterinarian’s assistant.
A groundbreaking paintings of experimental fiction, Communion is a must-read for fanatics of Canadian literature.
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