Kicking Against the Pricks

Description

216 pages
Contains Illustrations
$8.95
ISBN 0-920802-39-7

Author

Publisher

Year

1982

Contributor

Reviewed by Joan McGrath

Joan McGrath is a Toronto Board of Education library consultant.

Review

An angry author, John Metcalf, evens some personal scores in this collection of nine essays, all of which are intended to deflate or debunk various of his pet hates: i.e., book reviewing and literary criticism in Canada; “Writer-in-Residence” programs in Canadian universities; Canada Council funding in all its whimsicality; teachers, students, and the Canadian literary establishment in general.

To call his criticism of the critics “outspoken” would do him less than justice. The title he has given his collection of satiric essays accurately suggests its flavour and his barbed wit. Effective, funny, and often painfully telling.

Citation

Metcalf, John, “Kicking Against the Pricks,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed April 13, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/38657.