Monday, February 4, 2019

Ti-Jean's Last Adventure, as Told to Raccoon, by K.T. Bryski

★★★☆☆ Average

(Canadian Folk Tale) The narrator looks for Coyote all over Canada with a great story to tell, about how Ti-Jean found a way to cheat Death. (2,412 words; Time: 08m)

"Ti-Jean's Last Adventure, as Told to Raccoon," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 105, published on .

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

Review: 2019.092 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: Ti-Jean is a character in Canadian folklore, who, although tricky, always comes through with his integrity intact. In this story, he ultimately doesn’t cheat death directly; he plays by Death’s rules and becomes an immortal story.

It’s also possible that there is reference to “Ti-Jean and His Brothers,” a play by Derek Walcott in which Ti-Jean beats the Devil, although other than there being three challenges in that story, I don’t really see the connection.

Con: I’m not sure why Coyote is involved here. The inner story ends in a so-so way, but the outer story doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense at all.

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