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Peter Gault.

Toronto, Elephant Press, c1983.
221pp, paper, $5.95.
Distributed by Elephant Press, 5-160 Greenfield Ave., Toronto, Ont.,M2N3C9.
ISBN 0-969148704.


Reviewed by Joan McGrath.

Volume 12 Number 6
1984 November

Depending upon one's tolerance for determined, zestful, non-stop raunchiness, one may find this youthful odyssey of sexual exploration and discovery funny, disturbing, or downright revolting. The narrator, Ken Harrison, tells the story of his experiences from late high school 'through his college years, as a self-styled over-sexed Golden Boy: the book's title bears no reference to things botanical. He says of himself that "My life revolves around sex like the planets revolve around the sun. Sex is the nucleus of my being, forever on the forefront of my mind. Sex is immortal and omnipresent.''

Given the detailed treatment of this one-and-only topic throughout a peculiarly and energetically obsessive, occasionally oddly moving book, it would be a decidedly controversial, not to say dangerous, choice for any secondary school collection.

Joan McGrath, Toronto Board of Education, Toronto, ON.
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