The Anatomy of Edouard Beaupré

By Sarah Kathryn York

The Anatomy of Edouard Beaupré
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?The giant’s body has been ravaged not only by the treatment it received immediately after Edouard’s death -- being paraded in shop windows and in freak shows -- but also by the attentions of a professor who in 1907 bought the body for his experiments and classes.But the ... Read more


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?The giant’s body has been ravaged not only by the treatment it received immediately after Edouard’s death -- being paraded in shop windows and in freak shows -- but also by the attentions of a professor who in 1907 bought the body for his experiments and classes.But the strictly clinical and physical isn’t enough, and the anatomist begins to reveal the story of the man through a series of events selected from his short life. Beginning with a sixteen-year-old’s dreams of being a cowboy, it follows Edouard’s seemingly inevitable move into strongman displays and freak sideshows, showing the uneasy mix of his need and desire for money with his self-dislike and weariness of being unable to escape his stature. The spectre of his physical weakness – caused, conversely, by his size and superhuman strength – is ever-present, as first his muscles and later, his lungs, begin to fail. By the book’s close, the physical mystery is solved, a paper published, acclaim afforded, but the narrator understands he is perhaps farther than ever from understanding Edouard Beaupré’s true anatomy.

Sarah Kathryn York

Sarah’s short fiction has appeared in Canadian and American literary journals, including the Danforth Review and the Pisgah Review. A graduate of the University of Toronto Creative Writing Master's Program, she holds an M.A. in English and is currently a PhD candidate at University of Waterloo. A former university instructor, she divides her time between the great north and the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina. Sarah is a native of Toronto and a dual citizen.

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