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Moon, Bryan.

Ottawa, Oberon Press, 1988. 144pp, paper, ISBN 0-88750-742-5 (cloth) $25.95, 0-88750-743-3 (paper) $12.95.

Reviewed by L. Maingon

Volume 17 Number 3
1989 May

In this last part of "The Grapefruit Tree," the narrator tells of his return to Union at the moment of his grandfather's passing. This technique allows him to narrate from a timeless perspective, which fits in with the global theme of the ability of speech to withhold time. The introductory prose poem reinforces this theme by returning to the situation evoked by the prose poem in the first volume and completing it. The closing of circles of time and narration is the concern of this last volume.

Jonathan's disillusionment set in when the children returned from their escapade in the woods. Fallen from grace, twelve-year-old Jonathan was unable to maintain the transcendence of the night's adventure and was frightened by the prospect of facing the brutal punishment that awaited Bobby and Tessa. He therefore hid on the roof of Union's cinema, where he was able to see Roderick Caldwell's showdown with George Maclenan --a showdown made necessary by Caldwell's realization that he could no longer conjure the power of narration from his grandson.

Jonathan's chance return to Union, where he discovers that his grandfather is dying, enables him to see the grapefruit tree bloom and thereby recover the quest for fiction and transcendental illusion. This beautifully written and presented work, of which both author and publisher can justly be proud, is undoubtedly a must for any Canadiana collection.

L. Maingon, University of Western Ontario, London, Ont.
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