The Eel

The Eel Jack Fingon devises a plan to steal the remains of a dead poet from a clique of heirs living in squalor on the coast of Brittany He plans to scatter the remains over the Sargasso Sea and film the even

  • Title: The Eel
  • Author: David J. MacKinnon
  • ISBN: 9781771830591
  • Page: 433
  • Format: Paperback
  • Jack Fingon devises a plan to steal the remains of a dead poet from a clique of heirs living in squalor on the coast of Brittany He plans to scatter the remains over the Sargasso Sea and film the event for reality television, if only he can sprout some gonads for the occasion.

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    1. Remarkably scholarly fiction that gathers bits of Blaise Cendrars' life and compositional style and applies them to what seems like the author's own life (appropriately mythologized a la Cendrars). Woven into this mix is a kind of international investigative thriller involving the recovery of Cendrars' ashes (of his body and his amputated arm) so to honor Cendrars' wish to be returned to the Sargasso Sea, the womb of all life. The ultimate aim of this adventure is the achievement of a "fugue sta [...]

    2. “Of all that is written, I love only what a person has written with his own blood.”Friedrich NietzscheNietzche would have appreciated The Eel; every page is covered in blood. Not the blood of violence, but the kind where a writer opens a vein to work. The Eel, by David Mackinnon, tells of Jack Fingon, a spiritual bankrupt and terminal peripatetic who finds solace and a kind of spiritual grounding in the writings of Blaise Cendrars (1887-1961), a rather obscure Swiss-French novelist and poet [...]

    3. David MacKinnon's novel The Eel is narrated by its protagonist, Jack Fingon. Fingon is a Canadian novelist, resident in France. The story he tells is simple enough. When he was a young man, he was inspired by the vagabond life and vivid writings of post-WWI French author Blaise Cendrars. Fingon owes a debt of gratitude to Cendrars, so when his publisher offers to introduce him to Cendrars's daughter, he jumps at the chance to meet her and repay the debt. His method of payment is to fulfil Cendra [...]

    4. For the erudite reader, the author revisits his brilliant Cendrars’ Quatrain in The Eel.The protagonist, Jack Fingon, leaves a staid and boring upbringing and dissatisfying profession to knock about Europe where he discovers life and literary pleasures. Reading Blaise Cendrars “saves him” by charting an incitement to literary action, and Fingon decides to honour Cendrars’ curious wish for disposal of his ashes. The adventures and misadventures associated with his obsessive efforts to ful [...]

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