Bodies in motion: Craig Davidson’s Cataract City

September 14, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Cataract_CityMy review of Craig Davidson’s new novel, Cataract City, from today’s Globe and Mail:

Craig Davidson is one of this country’s great kinetic writers. Whether his focus is on bare-knuckle boxing or the lithe grace of racing greyhounds tearing along a straightaway, Davidson’s stock-in-trade is describing bodies in motion. There is a brute physicality to his writing that immediately sets him apart from his CanLit peers, many of whom prefer rumination and stasis to vivid action. It is no accident that one of the words that reappears throughout Cataract City, peppering the prose like a syntactical signpost, is “torque”: This underscores the almost palpable energy with which the author infuses his writing.

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