John Lent: Monet's Garden

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  • Craig McLuckie

Monet's Garden is a discontinuous narrative of asymmetrical structure; an interweaving of connected stories with elliptical, interconnected pieces on the narrator of the book. John Lent's linked story sequence offers a complex and sensitive evocation of being. The author's post-modern structure dramatizes an ongoing disintegration and recuperation of self in the unnamed narrator, whose six “Roof” vignettes intersperse the six stories of other characters: Rick, Jane, Neil, and Charles Connolly. As a whole, Monet's Garden is an exemplary bildungsroman in its story of an individual's growth and development within the context of a defined social order. The social order is late twentieth-century Western (Canadian) …

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Citation:
McLuckie, Craig. "Monet's Garden". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 February 2004
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