Rich and Poor

Rich and Poor Who Hasn T, At One Time Or Another, Considered Killing A Billionaire Following On The Critical Success Of His Novel Polyamorous Love Song BookThug, Finalist For The Fence Modern Prize In Prose And One Of The Globe And Mail S Best Books Of , Canadian Writer And Performer Jacob Wren Picks Up The Mantle Of The Politically And Economically Disenfranchised In Rich And Poor The Story Of A Middle Class, Immigrant Pianist Who Has Fallen On Hard Times, And Now Finds Himself Washing Dishes To Make Ends Meet Wren Capably Balances Personal Reflections With Real Time Political Events, As His Protagonist Awakens To The Possibility Of A Solution To His Troubles And Begins To Formulate A Plan Of Attack, In Which The Only Answer Is To Get Rid Of The % Rich And Poor Is Rare Work Of Literary Fiction That Cuts Into The Psychology Of Politics In Ways That Are Off Kilter, Unexpected, And Unnerving In Drawing Comparisons To Fiction That Focuses On The Personal As Political Including Chris Kraus S Summer Of Hate And Roberto Bolano S The Savage Detectives , Rich And Poor Is A Compelling, Fast Paced, And Energizing Read For Adventure Seeking, Politically Active And Or Interested Readers Who Rowdily Question Their Position Among The %

Jacob Wren makes literature, collaborative performances and exhibitions His books include Families Are Formed Through Copulation, Revenge Fantasies of the Politically Dispossessed, Polyamorous Love Song, Rich and Poor and Authenticity is a Feeling As co artistic director of Montreal based interdisciplinary group PME ART he has co created the performances En fran ais comme en anglais, it s easy

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  • Paperback
  • 181 pages
  • Rich and Poor
  • Jacob Wren
  • English
  • 24 July 2017
  • 9781771662383

10 thoughts on “Rich and Poor

  1. says:

    Rating 4.75 of five If you are a billionaire it is because you have done evil in the world It s so simple, isn t it, when reduced to those termsseems like a self evident truth, now doesn t it By the end of this novel, I wasn t at all sure of that.My 4 plus star review is live at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud.

  2. says:

    A fable of not knowing how to change the world and perhaps learning how to do so in the process Rich and Poor is art in resistance, a work that dares to remind us of our capacity for revolutionary love Jade Colbert in The Globe and Mail image by Jack McConville.

  3. says:

    Class war as seen through the eyes of the billionaire and the poor would be assassin I don t generally like switching POV s or first person narration, but they are so well done he so I highly recommend this book.

  4. says:

    Made me want to burn things complicatedly to the ground.

  5. says:

    Jacob Wren always seems to write from a feeling of political malaise, but in that feeling he s able to find so much beauty and possibility You re left feeling that everything is still possible.

  6. says:

    just received a text that says Rich and Poor slaps

  7. says:

    I like Jacob Wren s writing This is the second book I ve read by him, the other being Polyamorous Love Song which could very well be my favourite novel, or was certainly my favourite at one time.RichPoor is a bit odd It s theatrical, in a way, with these extended monologues, but it s very grounded, doesn t need that liveness to come alive that much theatre requires I actually listened to this as an audiobook, so, I was somewhere in between a reading and a performance, but Wren s voice which is so nice didn t turn it into some dramatic reading In fact I occasionally got confused in the first half about which character was talking there s a lot of didactic lingo in here, deployed for a good reason but still annoying and the kind of thing to make you tube out The good protagonist comes to sort of resemble, on purpose I assume, the bad protagonist, because he s not really an antagonist, not merely a foil, and the screen time he gets is substantial, and he is not merely caricaturized The peak of the novel could be seen as the end of the first part, but Wren doesn t lean on that familiar formal arc, and the struggle for solidarity seems to offer high stakes for the entire second part, which I won t spoil, but which redeemed what I thought was a naive edge lord violence is the answer narrative and which didn t play out the way I thought it would Lots of strange little insights linger in my mind now My fav the boss lying, in his autobiography, about his friend, Emmet, asserting that Emmet was funny when really he was a calculated cold person A world where the arts are the things that make us crack and concede and come together piano childhood player, folk songs emerging from childhood I think here probably literally childhood hope and wonder and freedom returning to us in struggle AS folk song poetry handouts that actually rattle the cage, whether or not with their content or by the fact they d write it and ask for money at all.I like that Wren did this without much of a plot, and I like that it was kinda funny, and especially earnest Wren is free to roam in this style This is a pretty good book if you want a quick read to remind yourself of what we fight for Each book, in its own way, has teeth, but nothing to bite into, no clear way to attack This book maybe isn t a primer for radical action but it s a folk song about hope for that kind of action It s a nice thought trail about the allure of capitalism and how we cheat ourselves and others, and about our wanting justice not needing to be a selfish singular pursuit Definitely recommend This and PLS alike.

  8. says:

    I really, really like the premise of this book an unapologizing, self made billionaire and the obsessed ex pianist attempting his assassination The first part of the story is so alluring that I could not put the book down There were some things that happened a bit too fast, which is not necessarily a fault It was an enjoyable read, and the only complaints that I have are that it was too short and finished too abruptly.

  9. says:

    Sometimes, oftentimes fiction is poignant than non fiction.

  10. says:

    There are no individual solutions to collective problems Montreal based performance artist and writer Jacob Wren writes and thinks and expresses and challenges so well that he is an artist that simply cannot be ignored he should be on everybody s mind right now in the post election mind bending chaos of attempting to adjust to the concept of the ascendency of the very questionably qualified President elect Jacob has seen this situation in his other books To get the gut level message of his writing it is mandatory to read his book s on your own no preview or review can transmit the power of what he has to say as well as his own prose In brief, RICH AND POOR is about the disparity of class in a capitalist society and Jacob deals with this concept in this story in which a poor pianist tries to kill a billionaire The book is about deception, betrayal, coercion, luck, friendship and violence It is a story of a pianist who envisions an economic collapse and revolution with the death of at least 10 billionaires His mind is set on one in particular, and the pianist sets off in hopeful pursuit that this deed will be followed by others committed to the cause In an excellent interview n Canada Jacob shared the following Wealth is impersonal but we will make it personal again Alternating between the voices of two characters, the pianist and the billionaire, the book contrasts differing worldviews and economic situations, revealing shared vulnerabilities and acts of deceit I work in performance When I m not writing books, my whole life is thinking about performance, and what it means, and how we re performing our lives The performances that I do are very much about being yourself in a performance situation Being yourself doing something in front of people watching you So I do have this kind of ongoing reflection on performance, and when I m writing novels, I can t help but write them in a performative way I think that both characters are very single minded this is maybe the thing they have most in common But I also think, in the situation that I believe we are in now, that of overwhelming capitalism, how could your desire to do anything about it not be completely moulded by capitalism itself There s a certain line of left thinking, like, Let s just go to the country and grow our own food, and change capitalism that way, by living in a non capitalist way Which I think is awesome, and if I could do that, I would But that s not what I m currently doing Instead, I m living in capitalism while also wanting to see it change Maybe the laws and logic of capitalism overwhelm me and also make me single minded against it Maybe in ways that aren t always healthy Reading Jacob Wren is a compleat experience This is a compelling book, one that demands much from the reader, but at the same time is so extraordinarily entertaining in its sophisticated manner of writing that once started it becomes glued to the eyes and mind, not releasing until the last page is finished.

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