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The Antagonist

Lynn Coady

A piercing epistolary novel, The Antagonist explores, with wit and compassion, how the impressions of others shape, pervert, and flummox both our perceptions of ourselves and our very nature. Gordon Rankin Jr., aka "Rank," thinks of himself as "King Midas in reverse"-and indeed misfortune seems to follow him at every turn. Against his will and his nature, he has long been considered-given his enormous size and strength-a goon and enforcer by his classmates, by his hockey coaches, and, not least, by his "tiny, angry" father. He gamely lives up to their expectations, until a vicious twist of fate forces him to flee underground. Now pushing forty, he discovers that an old, trusted friend from his college days has published a novel that borrows freely from the traumatic events of Rank's own life. Outraged by this betrayal and feeling cruelly misrepresented, he bashes out his own version of his story in a barrage of e-mails to the novelist that range from funny to furious to heartbreaking. With The Antagonist, Lynn Coady demonstrates all of the gifts that have made her one of Canada's most respected young writers. Here she gives us an astonishing story of sons and fathers and mothers, of the rewards and betrayals of male friendship, and a large-spirited, hilarious, and exhilarating portrait of a man tearing his life apart in order to put himself back together.

A piercing epistolary novel, The Antagonist explores, with wit and compassion, how the impressions of others shape, pervert, and flummox both our perceptions of ourselves and our very nature. Gordon Rankin Jr., aka "Rank," thinks of himself as "King Midas in reverse"-and indeed misfortune seems to follow him at every turn. Against his will and his nature, he has long been considered-given his enormous size and strength-a goon and enforcer by his classmates, by his hockey coaches, and, not least, by his "tiny, angry" father. He gamely lives up to their expectations, until a vicious twist of fate forces him to flee underground. Now pushing forty, he discovers that an old, trusted friend from his college days has published a novel that borrows freely from the traumatic events of Rank's own life. Outraged by this betrayal and feeling cruelly misrepresented, he bashes out his own version of his story in a barrage of e-mails to the novelist that range from funny to furious to heartbreaking. With The Antagonist, Lynn Coady demonstrates all of the gifts that have made her one of Canada's most respected young writers. Here she gives us an astonishing story of sons and fathers and mothers, of the rewards and betrayals of male friendship, and a large-spirited, hilarious, and exhilarating portrait of a man tearing his life apart in order to put himself back together.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

A piercing epistolary novel, The Antagonist explores, with wit and compassion, how the impressions of others shape, pervert, and flummox both our perceptions of ourselves and our very nature. Gordon Rankin Jr., aka "Rank," thinks of himself as "King Midas in reverse"-and indeed misfortune seems to follow him at every turn. Against his will and his nature, he has long been considered-given his enormous size and strength-a goon and enforcer by his classmates, by his hockey coaches, and, not least, by his "tiny, angry" father. He gamely lives up to their expectations, until a vicious twist of fate forces him to flee underground. Now pushing forty, he discovers that an old, trusted friend from his college days has published a novel that borrows freely from the traumatic events of Rank's own life. Outraged by this betrayal and feeling cruelly misrepresented, he bashes out his own version of his story in a barrage of e-mails to the novelist that range from funny to furious to heartbreaking. With The Antagonist, Lynn Coady demonstrates all of the gifts that have made her one of Canada's most respected young writers. Here she gives us an astonishing story of sons and fathers and mothers, of the rewards and betrayals of male friendship, and a large-spirited, hilarious, and exhilarating portrait of a man tearing his life apart in order to put himself back together.

Language:

English

Narrators:

MacLeod Andrews

Length:

8h 58m


Chapters

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04:55

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:11


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:08


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:58


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:53


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:07


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:14


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:28


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:30


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:15


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:06


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:32


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:39


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:51


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:08


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:18


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:08


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:00


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:10


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:11


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:31


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:20


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:36


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:45


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:32


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:17


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:21


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:07


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:05


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:07


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:58


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:32


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:44


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:07


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:09


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:50


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:15


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

00:16


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:18


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:14


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:09


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:49


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:22


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:25


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:07


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:02


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:55


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:15


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:15


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:54


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:00


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:42


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:36


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:11


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:44


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:08


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:11


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:47


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:17


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:17


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:55


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:42


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:11


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:51


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:22


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:31


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:25


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:29


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:06


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:13


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:16


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:11


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:09


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:00


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:06


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:45


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:45


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:31


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:12


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

08:50


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:30


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:36


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:34


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:28


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:22


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:36


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:30


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

07:39


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

09:03


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:00


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:36


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:58


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

00:24