The Canterbury Trail
It’s the last ski weekend of the season and a mishmash of snow-enthusiasts is on its way to a remote backwoods cabin. In an odd pilgrimage through the mountains, the townsfolk of Coalton—from the ski bum to the urbanite—embark on a bizarre adventure that walks the line between comedy and tragedy. As the rednecks mount their sleds and the hippies snowshoe through the cedar...more
Perhaps it is a bad sign to have a list of the dramatis personæ as this novel does. The reader may have some difficulty remembering names.
The novel quickly loses momentum. The first third of the novel repeats itself. All the characters are introduced in three or four groups, with equal weight. No particular character or characters are ever singled out as being especially worthy. Such a democratic approach, for me, meant I d...more
Okay, here's my review! Originally posted at http://lavenderlines.wordpress.com
Holy smokin’ turtles! The Canterbury Trail is one Hell of a book. I mean, whether you’re into skiing, group dynamics or different ways to consume pot, you’ll probably flip over this book, too.
For me, the idea of smooshing a diverse group of people into a ski cabin for the night...more
I feel the same way I do after reading John Irving - like I've just met some real people inside some fictional walls. Abdou's characters are alive and complex and surprising.
It took me a while to get into the book - I liked it from the start, but wasn't hooked until it was the snowboarder'...more
What happens when you find yourself in the midst of these people and you dislike every one of them?
This is what I encountered when I picked up a copy of Angie Abdou's The Canterbury Trail.
The disparities are bound to cause friction. Skiers and snowboarders (stoners for good measure), an urban lifestyle reporter/ski groupie, redneck snowmobilers, an ove...more
The homage to Chaucer's classic is not only apparent in the structure and theme of the novel, but a...more
This is a very funny book. Being British, sarcasm is hardwired...more
“I was a medievalist in a past life, which is a weird thing to be,” Angie said at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival. “But before I took up fiction writing I taught medieval studies.”
You may remember from courses in English lit the classic travel stories known collect...more
As a literary nerd turned mountain junkie, on every level I revelled in The Canterbury Trail, Angie Abdou’s new novel which reworks Geoffrey Chaucer’s 14th century Canterbury Trails to follow a group of people on a pilgrimage to a backcountry hut near the Canadian Rockies town of Coalton.
Heading out to the cabin are “some lazy, stoned ski bums, some flakey, tarot-card waving hippies, and some rye-guzzling, o...more
This is a very different book and, (at least to me), that’s a good thing. If you’re looking for the traditional novel formula of likeable protagonist, neatly framed conflict, and satisfying conclusion this isn’t the book for you. If , however, you are up for a raunchy Chaucerian romp through the snowy back country of British Columbia, prepare to have your mind blown.
Just as Chaucer did wi...more
I had the pleasure of hearing Angie Abdou speak recently at the recent Shuswap Writers' Festival. She spoke a...more
I enjoyed the ending. I thought something different was going to happen than did, and I enjoyed being wrong (in this case). This is definitely an "adult read" because of the language. I am familiar with the town tha...more