The Beggar's Garden

The Beggar's Garden

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eBook - 2011
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"This ... collection of nine linked stories follows a diverse group of curiously interrelated characters - from bank manager to crackhead to retired Samaritan to mental patient to web designer to car thief - as they drift through each other's lives like ghosts in Vancouver's notorious Downtown Eastside"--Publisher.
Publisher: Toronto : Harper Perennial, 2011
ISBN: 9781443405430
1443405434
Characteristics: 1 online resource (261 p.)

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FVReader
Jun 25, 2015

Michael Christie has a way of looking at people and seeing the core of their being. He sees not the “discards” of society as he tells these stories but the people with dreams, ideas and feelings. He tells their stories with dignity, truth and understanding. I enjoyed every story within these pages.
The plights of the people in these stories are told in a way that brings their fears, paranoia and addictions to the reader. We share in their mania and look into their pasts.
Very well written. Christie’s words shape these people and their world.

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uncommonreader
Jul 30, 2013

I liked that these stories about people on the margins were not in any way patronizing and lacked cynicism.

WVMLBookClubTitles Jun 09, 2013

Brilliantly sure-footed, strikingly original, tender and funny, this memorable collection of nine linked stories follows a diverse group of curiously interrelated characters, from bank manager to crackhead to retired Samaritan to mental patient to web designer to car thief—as they drift through each other’s lives like ghosts in Vancouver’s notorious Downtown Eastside. These darkly comic and intoxicating stories, gleefully free of moral judgment, are about people searching in the jagged margins of life—for homes, drugs, love, forgiveness. Tragically comical at times, deranged and thrilling at others, this is a powerful and affecting debut, written with the exceptional eye, ear and heart of one familiar with Downtown East Side issues.

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Zzoe
Jan 04, 2012

I really enjoyed most of these stories, except for an outlier about a man living in an institution. Otherwise, it was excellent.

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readingchick
Dec 04, 2011

From the first hilarious story all the way through these somewhat linked stories I found this book a great read.

ksoles Sep 21, 2011

Inspired by his experience volunteering in Vancouver's notorious Downtown East Side, Michael Christie explores the humanity of people living on the fringes of society in his debut collection of nine linked stories. Indeed, his characters include the drug addicted, the homeless, the mentally ill, as well as those who interact with the city’s outcasts.

"The Beggar's Garden" compels the reader with tough, lucid prose as it chronicles broken lives and self-inflicted suffering. A lonely woman calls 911 thinking she's in love with one of the city's paramedics; a man whose marriage has just ended befriends a panhandler; a psychiatric patient tries to convince the Ministry that one of his orderlies works as an assassin.

Christie treats his characters tenderly and manages to create genuine sympathy for the damaged and disaffected. Ultimately and most impressively, he gives voice to the unwanted figures of society, shining attention onto a largely ignored population.

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asampogna
Sep 08, 2011

I LOVED this book, one of my favourite books ever. The cover matches the book incredibly well. It really speaks to you and opens your eyes, you can tell that Mike is very passionate about the subject. A MUST READ.

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hyacinth50
Jul 11, 2011

Read this book! Beautiful writing, wonderful heartfelt stories, a slice of life from the Vancouver's lower east side.

debwalker Feb 22, 2011

From one half of the improv duo The Bromos - a story collection that skewers urban culture.

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asampogna
Sep 08, 2011

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