The Incident Report by Martha BaillieThe Incident Report by Martha Baillie

The Incident Report

byMartha Baillie

Paperback | April 27, 2009

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: In a Toronto library, home to the mad and the marginalized, notes appear, written by someone who believes he is Rigoletto, the hunchbacked jester from Verdi's opera. Convinced that the young librarian, Miriam, is his daughter, he promises to protect her from grief. Little does he know how much loss she has already experienced; or does he? The Incident Report, both mystery and love story, daringly explores the fragility of our individual identities. Strikingly original in its structure, comprised of 140 highly distilled, lyric "reports," the novel depicts the tensions between private and public storytelling, the subtle dynamics of a socially exposed workplace. The Incident Report is a novel of "gestures," one that invites the reader to be astonished by the circumstances its characters confront. Reports on bizarre public behaviour intertwine with reports on the private life of the novel's narrator. Shifting constantly between harmony and dissonance, elegant in its restraint and excitingly contemporary, The Incident Report takes the pulse of our fragmented urban existence with detachment and wit, while a quiet tragedy unfolds. Previous books, with dates and publishers:? The Shape I Gave You - Knopf 2006? Madame Balashovskaya's Apartment - Turnstone Press 1999Translations of Madame Balashovskaya's Apartment:An einem Regentag in Paris - Ebersbach 2001 (Germany)Madame B. titka - Kossuth 2003 (Hungary)? My Sister Esther - Turnstone Press 1995
Martha Baillie was born in Toronto. After studies at the University of Edinburgh and the Sorbonne in Paris, she returned to Toronto where she continued her studies at the University of Toronto, and for a time trained as an actor. It was following a year of extensive travel in Asia in 1982 that Baillie began writing, and had her first p...
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Title:The Incident ReportFormat:PaperbackDimensions:186 pages, 8 × 5.5 × 0.55 inPublished:April 27, 2009Publisher:Pedlar PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1897141254

ISBN - 13:9781897141250

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was good, fast to read. Miriam works in a branch of the Toronto Public Library. This book follows Miriam for a short time at her job, and in her personal life. The format is a bit different – each chapter is written as if it's an “incident report” in the library. Some of them are incidents that happen with the library patrons, but some chapters focus on Miriam's personal life and some on her life as a child. It was good, and the ending was a surprise to me. Very fast to read.
Date published: 2012-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Read! The Incident Report is a delightful and suspenseful novel presented as a series of reports issued by a “Public Service Assistant” in the Public Libraries of Toronto. Multilayered, it offers cameos of eccentric individuals who frequent the library while it develops Miriam’s (the Public Service Assistant) relationship with Janko. At times eerie and at others hilarious (Incident Report 66: . . . “a man . . . . directing traffic with a tea bag.”), this novel builds to an unexpected climax that makes sense upon reflection. One can empathise completely with Miriam’s emotion and agree with her decisions. Aside from this, The Incident Report is a beautiful book, its style reflecting the irony of the novel itself. And after reading The Incident Report you just might treat librarians with greater care!
Date published: 2009-10-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Skip this one I was absolutely flabbergasted when this book was longlisted for the Giller. It was easily the worst book I've read in the last six months. The writing at times was beautiful, but without a solid story or character development to back it up, there was very little for which to recommend this book. An act of extreme violence seems to come from nowhere, pretty much annihilating what tone the book had managed to establish. I usually give a book the benefit of the doubt, but this one I explicitly told friends and coworkers to avoid.
Date published: 2009-10-01