20070211_BangCrunch.jpg

Sunday Book Review: "Bang Crunch"

Bang Crunch

There were times in "Bang Crunch" when I was amazed by Smith's poetic eloquence. But this sort of writing is not without its perils, and there are times when he becomes too clever. An example would be in the title story, written in the second person, where he briefly discusses the narrator making the choice to write in second person. This added a gimmick as opposed to depth in an otherwise fine tale.

His Wednesday reading at the Habourfront suffered from a similar problem. He recited his work in a low, almost beatnikish, manner that savored every word. It worked for a while but then grew into a mannerism that did not become his talent. After a while, it started to look like he was in awe of himself. Not that there's anything wrong with being in awe of yourself; you just shouldn't appear that way.

But there are many fine stories in this volume, the best of which is: "Green Fluorescent Protein". It is in this story that we catch a glimpse of his talents, not just with prose, but of examining the human heart. And it is the sort of work that will one day make him a force to reckoned with in Canadian literature.


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in Books & Lit

Wanna buy a book from the Biblio-mat?

Schwarzenegger seduces fans at Toronto Indigo store

Glad Day 2.0 re-invents itself for the LGBTQ community

10 places Toronto writers go to get inspired

Mjolk's first book is full of wonderfully weird designs

Toronto's back alley beauty gets the book treatment

A first look inside the new home of the Silver Snail

A lesson in the joys of Toronto's messy urbanism