The Dainty Monsters


The Dainty Monsters


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Ondaatje's poetry is known for its unusual details and unexpected combinations, such as seen on p. 35 when a driver casually drives over two love-making birds, unshocked by the "flurry of red feathers." At rear the poet explores classical mythological themes in "O Troy's Down: Helen's Song." The last poem in the book, "Peter," is the author's personal favourite. Tucked inside this volume is a Booksmith Author Trading Card (# 546), ticket to one of the author's readings (Macmillan Theatre, U. of Toronto, Apr. 26, 2007) and a rather blurry photograph from a book signing.

Publication Info

  • Publisher: The Coach House Press
  • Edition: First Edition
  • Date Published: 1967
  • Place Published: Toronto
  • ISBN: n/a


  • Condition: Near fine
  • Signed: Yes
  • Dust Jacket: Yes
  • Jacket Condition: Fine
  • Details:
    Edition of 500 copies of which this is no. 255. 77 p. 23 cm. 2 full page b&w illustration pages. Brown cloth hardcover in mylar-covered dustjacket. Some wear to jacket rear panel at top, including one tear. Small bookseller's label on front free endpaper. Signed by author on half title.

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