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CHARACTERS Ø No Fixed Address Æ [Epub] ❤ No Fixed Address By Aritha Van Herk – Dcmdirect.co.uk Winner of the Writers' Guild of Alberta Award for Fiction Nominated for the Governor General's Award for Fiction Arachne Manteia is a road rider a traveling sales rep who drives a classic Mercedes and Winner of the Writers' Guild of Alberta AwaEr never ending journey which promises fulfillment but offers no map for her longing Always ready to fight and flee Arachne Manteia is the uintessential picara skillfully reckless frighteningly irresistible ready to go to the edge of the mappable world and beyon. uite possibly my fascination with Canada started with this irreverent novel about a travelling lingerie saleswoman Arachne and her wacky role reversal life

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Er working class childhood to her comfortable adult life Arachne refuses the conventional and embraces whatever adventure fate throws in her path A rogue sales rep with a man in every town she lures each into her web of desire All of them she claims as part of h. Amusing and a perfect read for me whilst driving across Canada since it is set in the Western portion

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No Fixed AddressWinner of the Writers' Guild of Alberta Award for Fiction Nominated for the Governor No Fixed PDF or General's Award for Fiction Arachne Manteia is a road rider a traveling sales rep who drives a classic Mercedes and peddles women's underwear for a living From h. Aritha van Herk's character Arachne like her mythical predecessor from Greek mythology spins a web but her web is not of cloth or of silk except for the underwear she sells but rather of places maps and locations She spreads her network out over the Canadian prairies weaving herself a sense of freedom and avoiding the trap that a web can create Arachne is a sexually free character avoiding the perceived trap of domestic life and desiring to explore the extents of her sexuality and like a spider who has made a parachute of webbing to move from place to place drifting to areas that attract her attention and passion An underwear sales woman who refuses to wear underwear Arachne is aware of the history of confining clothing for women the web of fabric cloth silk that traps women in a disempowered body She seeks to provide a freedom of movement to women through the underwear she sells through her role as a travelling saleswoman who resists attempts to confine her body and through her sometimes gig as a bus driver experiencing the sexism that males project onto a woman in a role that they feel is appropriate for men She resists sexual harassment economic control and attempts to regulate her sexual body through her constant ability to escape systems of control Like a spider she slips through webs walks across them and doesn't get caught van Herk's narrative slides back and forth between second person and third person making Arachne's story both intensively her own and simultaneously intensely personal to the reader who is invited to follow her and is written into the narrative as someone who is perpetually seeking Arachne van Herk undoes the codified system of text that tends to enwrap female characters confining them and regulating them to icons rather than rich and complete personalities and Arachne is a character who defies simple explanation or stereotypical configurations She is rich in her complexity and in her resistance to easy codes of textually rendering bodies