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Just start your engine. Go.

Carl Black is an intellectual and artist, a traveller, a reader and an unapologetic womanizer. A motorcyclist. He burns for the bohemian life, but is trapped in a railway porter’s prosaic—at times humiliating—existence. Taking place over one dramatic year in Halifax, Nova Scotia, The Motorcyclist vividly recounts Carl’s travels and romantic exploits as he tours the backroads of the east coast and the bedrooms of a series of beautiful women. Inspired by the life of George Elliott Clarke’s father, the novel tells the story of a black working-class man caught between the expectations of his times and gleaming possibilities of the open road.

In vibrant, energetic, sensual prose, George Elliott Clarke brilliantly illuminates the life of a young black man striving for pleasure, success and, most of all, respect.

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Critical Praise

“Black is easily one of the most compelling, dynamic and conflicting characters in recent Canadian fiction. . . . [W]ith The Motorcyclist, Clarke has rendered not just an entire world, but also an entire man, flawed and unforgettable.” —Toronto Star

“Rich, dense and syntactically serpentine.” —The Globe and Mail

“This ribald, raw, road-movie of a novel is an object lesson in how to combine the political with the personal.” —Quill & Quire

The Motorcyclist, functions as a quintessential Canadian novel, to be consumed by Canadians of all stripes while it drives home hard truths on what it meant - and still often means - to zoom along life’s path as a person of colour in contemporary Canada.” —National Post

“A captivating work that is, not surprisingly, poetic in language and intent.” —Ottawa Citizen

“The prose flows like music and will have you dreaming about the romance of the road and the heat between a man and a woman.” —Canadian Living

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443445139
  • ISBN 10: 1443445134
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 02/02/2016
  • Pages: 288
  • List Price: 32.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / General

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