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A brief, breathless (heavily autobiographical) novelistic account of the life of a young woman who sells her body for a living, Whore is a searing look at the world's oldest profession and a confessional in the tradition of Sylvia Plath or John Berryman. "Cynthia," as the nameless narrator calls herself professionally, is a French-Canadian Catholic from the sticks who escapes her strict upbringing and stifling parents to move to Montreal as soon as she is old enough. One day she answers the ad of an escort agency, and quickly becomes compelled by her strange new calling. Visited by men including an Orthodox Jew cheating on his piety, a boorish Muslim with a deformed arm, a neverending parade of businessmen and fathers, and a young man whose youth and fitness disturbs her more than any of the rest of them, "Cynthia" delivers an unyielding, poetic, and deeply personal account of her whore's life.

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"Billed by her publisher as 'literary erotica,' Arcan's semi-autobiographical debut novel is an unremittingly ugly rant by a precocious, petulant daughter against the silent, bedridden mother who didn't love her enough and the devoted, God-fearing father who loved her too much. Born in a small Canadian frontier town near the border with Maine and raised in a fanatically Catholic community there, Arcan's good-girl, savagely self-destructive narrator moves to Montreal to attend college. As her studies drag on, she grows increasingly fascinated by the city's XXX shops. Without really understanding why, she answers an ad placed by a high-end escort service, takes 'Cynthia' as her whore-name and starts to make a lucrative career of her previously unprofitable self-loathing and nihilism. The novel itself is a series of hateful tirades that, although bitter, raunchy and repetitive, occasionally offer up some pointed insights. 'I didn't become a whore with the first client,' Cynthia explains. 'No, it was long before that, during the figure skating and tap dancing of my childhood, in the fairy tales where you had to be the most beautiful and sleep yourself to distraction.' In the end, though, it's impossible to feel any real sympathy for a raging misanthrope who crows with no small pride that 'there's too much hate in me for a single head' or, some might argue, for a single book. Agent, Georges Borchardt." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

A breathless (heavily autobiographical) novelistic account of the life of a young woman who sells her body for a living, "Whore" is a searing look at the world's oldest profession and a confessional in the tradition of Sylvia Plath.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802170026
Translator:
Benderson, Bruce
Publisher:
Grove Press, Black Cat
Translator:
Benderson, Bruce
Author:
Benderson, Bruce
Author:
Arcan, Nelly
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
FICTION / Literary
Subject:
Montreal (quebec)
Subject:
Prostitutes
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20041131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 7.5 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Billed by her publisher as 'literary erotica,' Arcan's semi-autobiographical debut novel is an unremittingly ugly rant by a precocious, petulant daughter against the silent, bedridden mother who didn't love her enough and the devoted, God-fearing father who loved her too much. Born in a small Canadian frontier town near the border with Maine and raised in a fanatically Catholic community there, Arcan's good-girl, savagely self-destructive narrator moves to Montreal to attend college. As her studies drag on, she grows increasingly fascinated by the city's XXX shops. Without really understanding why, she answers an ad placed by a high-end escort service, takes 'Cynthia' as her whore-name and starts to make a lucrative career of her previously unprofitable self-loathing and nihilism. The novel itself is a series of hateful tirades that, although bitter, raunchy and repetitive, occasionally offer up some pointed insights. 'I didn't become a whore with the first client,' Cynthia explains. 'No, it was long before that, during the figure skating and tap dancing of my childhood, in the fairy tales where you had to be the most beautiful and sleep yourself to distraction.' In the end, though, it's impossible to feel any real sympathy for a raging misanthrope who crows with no small pride that 'there's too much hate in me for a single head' or, some might argue, for a single book. Agent, Georges Borchardt." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , A breathless (heavily autobiographical) novelistic account of the life of a young woman who sells her body for a living, "Whore" is a searing look at the world's oldest profession and a confessional in the tradition of Sylvia Plath.
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