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H. R. Percy.

Toronto, Lester & Orpen Dennys, c1983.
285pp, cloth, $17.95.
ISBN 0-88619-028-2.

Reviewed by Marion Mintis.

Volume 12 Number 3
1984 May

As famous Canadian painter Emile Logan lies dying, he is attended by the three women who have been part of his life for over thirty years: Eleanor, whom he loved and without whom he was unable to find peace; Emily, whose dependence and unthinking adoration made her a fixture in his home; and Maudie, who reached out to him from her madness and love of the long-dead Jake for solace and support. Framed segments of his life, recaptured in the symbols of his paintings, are interpreted for the reader as Logan remembers his tortured tattooed mother, his early poverty, a kaleidoscope of wartime experiences, his later fame and sojourn among the artists and aristocrats of England, and his connections with the FLQ in the 1970s. The story is told with humour, irony, and insight, and the fictitious Logan and his Eleanor emerge as real people. In fact, sometimes the reader forgets that this is a very entertaining novel and not a biography. A cleverly-written, poetic, and engrossing book! As Emile Logan said,"A Dagwood sandwich with assorted fillings of indigestible experience."

Marion Mintis, Bonar Law Memorial School, Rexton, NB.
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