GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS
Volume 11 Number 3.
Joan Sincere is a dancer, a stripper up on an assault charge. She kicked a drunk who, mouthing offensive remarks, clambered onto the stage; he invaded her space, not only the physical boundaries of her performance, but her spiritual space as well. So she struck out at the invader without missing a step of her routine.
With effective balancing of past and present, Govier shades in the outlines of Joan's life. References to the simple, one-celled paramoecium "visible only under a microscope" but harbouring "complex instinct" run counterpoint to the introspection. Possibilities for comparison are illuminating. Characterization is alternately subtle and direct.
Joan's world has sordid components, but she is a person of marked dignity with control, resilience, and guarded warmth. This is a provocative narrative, presenting as it does a picture of a complex individual one whom society would tag with a "simplistic" label and then dismiss. Joan does not dismiss easily.
Betty A. Befus, Winnipeg, MB.
1971-1979 | 1980-1985 | 1986-1990 | 1991-1995
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