The Last Hiccup by Christopher Meades
A Novel

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...The Last Hiccup feels too much like a first draft, pushed out and in need of a pause to see what might follow.
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A darkly funny, tragic, and ultimately heroic novel set in 1930s Russia, The Last Hiccup is the story of Vladimir, an eight-year-old boy stricken with a case of the hiccups — that lasts over a decade. Put through a series of extraordinary, often bizarre treatments by a famous physician, Sergei Namestikov, Vlad is spirited away from his rural home and doting mother to a hospital in Moscow. But Sergei’s chief medical rival, the brilliant Alexander Afiniganov, believes that beneath Vladimir’s mirror-less eyes lurks a pure, unbridled evil, and Vlad is removed from polite society. Isolated from everyone and everything — save his hiccups — Vladimir grows up to find inner peace among the hiccupping. On his way back into the world he once knew, through a country now in the midst of war, he encounters many strange people and situations, and worries about what would happen to him should a cure for his now-comforting affliction be found.
 

About Christopher Meades

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Christopher Meades is the author of The Three Fates of Henrik Nordmark and the short story "The Walking Lady," which was awarded the Toyon Fiction Prize. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
 
Published April 1, 2012 by ECW Press. 244 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Toronto Star

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Reviewed by Michel Basilieres on May 28 2012

The writing itself is serviceable but never elegant or memorable. Many scenes and characters are lighthearted, quirky or slapstick, but the tentative humour has no bite or originality.

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Reviewed by David Berry on Jun 01 2012

...The Last Hiccup feels too much like a first draft, pushed out and in need of a pause to see what might follow.

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Reviewed by David Berry on Jun 01 2012

There are glimpses of inventiveness that suggest what the book might have been...but The Last Hiccup feels too much like a first draft, pushed out and in need of a pause to see what might follow.

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