The Dodecahedron: or A Frame for Frames by Paul GlennonThe Dodecahedron: or A Frame for Frames by Paul Glennon

The Dodecahedron: or A Frame for Frames

byPaul Glennon

Paperback | September 30, 2005

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Twelve narratives, twelve narrators, twelve genres and twelve fictional worlds collide to spectacular effect in Paul Glennon's The Dodecahedron, or a Frame for Frames. The second book from the author of How Did You Sleep? takes his adventures in short fiction to strange new regions, where professional polygamists, heretical alcoholics and hallucinating arctic explorers find themselves sharing plot points, character traits and dialogue.

At turns philosophical and farcical, The Dodecahedron makes for intriguing, compelling reading. Each of the book's twelve chapters has its own style and apparent fictional autonomy, but every narrative finds itself corroborated or undermined by the next. Messages found in bottles, computer-generated dialogues and the lamentations of the world's last genie shouldn't have much in common, but their paths constantly intersect in The Dodecahedron, creating networks of allusions and contradictions. The Dodecahedron revels in the art of story making and proves once and for all that the geometry of the dodecahedron is a rich source of comic fiction.

Paul Glennon, born in England but resident in Ottawa since 1975, has been published in Descant, Matrix, Canadian Fiction Magazine, and the Blue Penny Quarterly. He has an MA from the University of Ottawa and currently works as a Human Factors specialist -- which means that he attempts to encourage software to work the way humans expect...
Title:The Dodecahedron: or A Frame for FramesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.8 × 5.6 × 0.76 inPublished:September 30, 2005Publisher:Porcupine's QuillLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889842752

ISBN - 13:9780889842755

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Worthwhile Experiment Glennon has challenged himself to work within an artificial set of constraints that he sets out in the afterword and he doesn't disappoint. This remains one of my favourite novels of all time and will captivate you throughout.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Original An original concept based on the Oulipo school of writing whereby Glennon has placed artificial constraints on the novel. This is a wholly original piece and impressive piece of fiction.
Date published: 2016-11-14

Table of Contents

In My Father's Library

The Plot to Hide America

The American Shahrazad

Tenebrian Chronicles

The Collector

Why Are There No Penguins?

Kepler's Orbit: Chapter 1

The Polygamist

The Parlour Game

Some Clippings for My Article

The Last Story


Author's Afterword

Editorial Reviews

`There's a lavish intelligence at work in Glennon's book. He plays with the reader -- joining hands at times with her, at other times pushing her forcefully away -- but this is a fine model for reading: an experience that is once intellectual and visceral. A Frame for Frames is a worthwhile experiment. It makes something old new again.'