The Motorcyclist

The Motorcyclist Just start your engine Go Carl Black is an intellectual and artist a traveller a reader and an unapologetic womanizer A motorcyclist He burns for the bohemian life but is trapped in a railway porte

  • Title: The Motorcyclist
  • Author: George Elliott Clarke
  • ISBN: 9781443445139
  • Page: 482
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Just start your engine Go Carl Black is an intellectual and artist, a traveller, a reader and an unapologetic womanizer A motorcyclist He burns for the bohemian life, but is trapped in a railway porter s prosaic at times humiliating existence Taking place over one dramatic year in Halifax, Nova Scotia, The Motorcyclist vividly recounts Carl s travels and romantic expJust start your engine Go.Carl Black is an intellectual and artist, a traveller, a reader and an unapologetic womanizer A motorcyclist He burns for the bohemian life, but is trapped in a railway porter s prosaic at times humiliating existence Taking place over one dramatic year in Halifax, Nova Scotia, The Motorcyclist vividly recounts Carl s travels and romantic exploits as he tours the backroads of the east coast and the bedrooms of a series of beautiful women Inspired by the life of George Elliott Clarke s father, the novel tells the story of a black working class man caught between the expectations of his times and gleaming possibilities of the open road.In vibrant, energetic, sensual prose, George Elliott Clarke brilliantly illuminates the life of a young black man striving for pleasure, success and, most of all, respect.

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    About "George Elliott Clarke"

    1. George Elliott Clarke

      A seventh generation Nova Scotian, George Elliott Clarke was born in 1960 in Windsor Plans, Nova Scotia He is known as a poet, as well as for his two volume anthology of Black Writing from Nova Scotia, Fire in the Water Volume One contains spirituals, poety sermons, and accounts from 1789 to the mid twentieth century Volume Two collects the work of the Black Cultural Renaissance in Nova Scotia, which, in Clarke s words, speaks to people everywhere about overcoming hardships and liberating the spirit Currently on faculty at Duke University, he is now writing both a play and an opera on slavery in Nova Scotia, a reformulation of Shelley s The Cenci He has won many awards including the 1981 Prize for Adult Poetry from the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia, he was the 1983 first runner up for the Bliss Carman Award for Poetry at the Banff Centre School of Arts and 1991 winner of the Archibald Lampman Award for Poetry from the Ottawa Independent Writers Books Saltwater Spirituals and Deeper Blues Pottersfield, 1983 Whylah Falls Polestar, 1990, 2000 Provencal Songs Magnum Book Store, 1993 Lush Dreams, Blue Exile Fugitive Poems, 1978 1993 Pottersfield, 1994 Provencal Songs II Above ground, 1997 Whylah Falls The Play Playwrights Canada, 1999, 2000 Beatrice Chancy Polstar Books, 1999 Gold Indigoes Carolina Wren, 2000 Execution Poems Gaspereau, 2001 Blue Raincoat, 2001 Odysseys Home Mapping African Canadian Literature UofT Press, 2002

    275 thoughts on “The Motorcyclist”

    1. dammit - i need to put this on hold for a bit - i couldn't finish it before shark week and then i said "yes" to too many books that i now have to read because deadlines and i don't get to read for MEEE for a little bit. oops! but so far, it's great! hey, canada - remember when you tried to keep me from the new book by one of my favorite authors by not making it available south of the border where i live? well, guess what??? you have a traitor in your midst, who sent it to me and got it signed fo [...]


    2. 4.5 stars A novel unlike anything I had ever read. The author is s much honoured poet. He teaches literature at the University of Toronto and is a member of the Order of Canada. He is designated Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada and was Poet Laureate of Toronto.The book is written in a dense, vivid, visceral poetic language. The prose is often pungent and florid. There is a deluge of words, allusions, metaphors and wordplay.The story is based on a year (1959) in the life of his father as a 2 [...]


    3. This book, as befits one written by the poet laureate of Canada's parliament, has a music and rhythm that runs through it. I got the book after hearing George Elliott Clarke do three readings from the book, and he really brings that music to life. I found it read best when I read it aloud, often needing to repeat passages so as to get the rhythm right. That said, however interesting the setting, offering me the opportunity to learn more about the discrimination and racism faced by black Nova Sco [...]


    4. This book is really different than other books. It is a window into a time and place about racism in Halifax and the north end in the sixties. It's told through the eyes of a man who loves motorcycles, sex, classical music, porn and art. It feels real. It doesn't read like a diary. His escapades are exciting. Albeit for ninety percent of the book he is obsessed with getting laid. He also has no friends. Which can be tiresome. But there's a real person underneath it all, and I like him. I can't w [...]


    5. This was a bookclub selection and one I was not excited about since it didn't sound like it would hold my interest. Thus, I was really surprised in the beginning at how much I did enjoy reading it. Certainly, his descriptions as he drove around Halifax and the Maritimes were fun to read as I grew up in the same area I, also, could smell the Moir's chocolate factory and the salt & seaweed at the harbour front. I was also very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed his writing style it was [...]


    6. (view spoiler)[There is much more telling than showing, but this book is pure poetry. It reads better out loud, but it is grit and guts and pain and revelation. Carl has a brief moment in the sun, and then reality hits. But well done indeed. And so it ENDS in story when he decides to accept his responsibility, and then in a final quote."A few hours later, Carl picks his way down potholed Green Street toward relatively smooth Highway 1. He's grateful for the effortless, no-shift, speedy ride that [...]


    7. Call it 3.5. As a road novel it's quite interesting, and as a reminder - record - of what it was like to be black in Nova Scotia - indeed, Canada and/or the US - at that moment in time then this is a work of some importance.Sadly though I found the writing style and lack of anything resembling a plot - it reads as a series of relatively discreet vignettes - to be disconcerting.How much of this is due to the disappointment of my own expectations is hard to say George and Rue, the author's first n [...]


    8. I did not like this book at all. I dreaded picking it up every time and sped read my way through it for my book club meeting. It's set in Halifax, Nova Scotia and that is about the only thing I could relate to in its entirety since that is where I live. Basically, it's a book that author, George Elliott Clarke wrote upon reading his father's diary. It details his sexual escapades with a bevy of women and how he feels about them in terms of their looks, education, marriage worthiness, sexual expe [...]


    9. A wonderfully enjoyable and poetic read about a young black man Carlyle Black, a lover of many things including his BMW motorcycle dubbed Liz II. Based on Clarke's fathers unpublished diary, it is set in Halifax, with a few excursions to New Brunswick in 1959 – 60. I appreciated being privy to Carl’s inner life as he negotiates work, art and women with varying degrees of success and satisfaction. He is a mix of vulnerability and pride. The reader is immersed in the community of African Canad [...]


    10. This is a unique novel for sure. Clarke has taken his father’s (William Lloyd Clarke) diary and used it to ‘inform’ this book. And it is the descriptions that builds the empathy with the readers. Set in 1959-60 Halifax, we get to understand what it was like for the senior Clarke to live in that time and era. We feel the racism he endures because of the colour of his skin. We feel the prejudices he endures because of his parentage. And we feel the slights he endures because of his occupatio [...]


    11. Unusual writing style, more poetry then prose. Found it distracting at first, then quite enjoyed the wordplay. Love the setting of Halifax and other parts of N.S. eye-opening view of the "Negro" side of life there in the late 50s (and maybe there are still two solitudes there today). Motorcycle a great "vehicle" (see how I bought into the book's style) for Carl's escapes and freedom and coolness.


    12. Although there's no denyin' Carl do have a way with the ladies, his cavalier ways and flair for sweet talk done grow tiresome to me mighty quick. Still, the writing is Superb (italics). Electric! (italics). And Carl done had my sympathy in his struggle against barriers of race, class and schoolin' -- Ball Breaking! (italics)


    13. I've always loved GEC's Whylah Falls and so was happy to see a novel published. His prose is like poetry which is a stark contrast to the content, which was sections of fornication crossed with motocycle trips and racial issues of 1950s Canada. A really enjoyable read overall, even if I did have some trouble keeping engaged about halfway through.


    14. It is not surprising that a novel based on a man's journal would reduce characters to nothing more than the sum of their actions


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