Moving Forward Sideways Like A Crab

Moving Forward Sideways Like A Crab

Book - 2017
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At age nine, Jonathan's mother, Sid, disappears from his life. As an adult, he finally reconnects with the mother he has always loved, but she has changed. She is now, Sydney, a sophisticated man. Jonathan struggles with both confusion and anger at the choices Sydney has made, but tries with eager hope to understand
Publisher: Brooklyn, New York : Akashic Books, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©ƒ2017
ISBN: 9781617755774
161775577X
Characteristics: 304 pages ; 22 cm

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wyenotgo
Jul 15, 2016

As implied by the title, this book moves crabwise when it moves at all. And although it covers a time period of well over 20 years, it actually moves forward very little. It is, above all, about love and its complexity, sorrow, joy and pain. Mootoo is at her very best in the moments shared between Sydney and Jonathan during Sydney's final hours, as Sydney struggles to impart to Jonathan all that he has been unable to share with him. Deliberately or not, the flow of Mootoo's language becomes awkward near the end, reflecting Jonathan's awkwardness and difficulty in coming to terms with the fact that despite having re-connected with Sydney and spent many long days and hours with him over nine years he had never really known and understood Sydney. Mootoo displays remarkable skill in moving between the voices of Jonathan, Sydney, Zain, Jonathan writing in Sydney's voice and even Jonathan writing in Zain's voice. Despite its slow pace, I found the book to be completely engaging, insightful and in places very moving. I look forward to reading other books by Shani Mootoo.

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gingerbeer
Feb 09, 2016

This is a slow-moving and evocative tale of a man who reconnects with his long-lost parent; beautifully written.

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lbucci
May 16, 2015

Loved it! It was very absorbing.

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santiano9
Mar 19, 2015

Too much description, not enough plot and character development. Did provide insight into transgender perspective and that was helpful and interesting. More story would have made the book much better though.

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llocas
Dec 09, 2014

I liked it, but liked her other books better. I thought it was a bit drawn out at the end. But I do recommend it.

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Malca
May 24, 2014

This is a beautiful novel by a wonderful author.

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