The Phoenix Lottery

The Phoenix Lottery

A Novel

Book - 2000
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Shortlisted for the 2001 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour.

In a desperate attempt to save his foundering charity " and to exorcise a few personal demons " Canadian philanthropist Junior Beamish creates a lottery in which the winner gets to publicly torch an original van Gogh. A grand comedy about art, commerce and untidy family relationships, The Phoenix Lottery sweeps from Mafia hits in post-war Italy to post-millennial Vatican intrigue by way of revolutionary Cuba, Bay Street backstabs, a seance on Baffin Island, and a Port Elgin S&M bed and breakfast.
Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : Riverbank Press, c2000
ISBN: 9781896332161
Branch Call Number: FIC STR
Characteristics: 384 p. ; 22 cm


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Sep 17, 2016

The first third of the novel was quite good but it then bogged down and became didactic instead of satirical. Reasonable narrative, with good characterizations and decent pace. The ending was a bit contrite. If you enjoy Canadian fiction or helpings of various religions then you might enjoy this novel.

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