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The last days of the Lacuna Cabal : a novel
Dixon, Sean.
Adult Fiction DIXON

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The Lacuna Cabal Montreal Women's Book Club has been meeting regularly since its members' McGill student days when a couple of them attended a reading of Michael Ondaatje's In the Skin of the Lion. Since that time, although their selections have been the standard literary book club fare, their discussions have been anything but. They don't so much read the books as reenact them, going so far as to find appropriate settings for each. Their latest discovery is a book written in cuneiform on clay tablets, which turns out to be The Epic of Gilgamesh. The narrative begin to go off the rails with the introduction of a fitzbot, a directional device that eventually leads the characters to Iraq, the original setting of the epic, where one of the members is eager to locate the "Baghdad blogger," whose postings she has been avidly following. Despite having many of the ingredients of a good book club read-the atmospheric Montreal setting, the casual name-dropping of popular Canadian books and authors, and the unusual cast of book club members-this imaginative novel comes up a little short. For libraries catering to serious-minded book clubs.-Barbara Love, Kingston Frontenac P.L., Ont. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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