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The Last of the Crazy People

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  834 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
The Last of the Crazy People is Timothy Findley’s first novel, the compelling story of an eleven-year-old boy’s private world of bewilderment and conflict. His mother won’t leave her room, his adored older brother is drinking, and his father is obsessed with the family’s disintegration, but seems unable to fix it. Left to himself, Hooker broods on events -- and takes ...more
Paperback, 282 pages
Published by Penguin (first published April 18th 1967)
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Jennifer (aka EM)
This book plodded along stealth-like, with an intriguing although unreliable narrator: the 11-yr-old Hooker, whose mute confusion and sadness were so very painful to bear witness to but who was also in some ways inaccessible for much of this very short novel. It was hard to know where the story was going - and even whose story it was - until the end, when the book turned dark and then darker still. In the last 50 pages, Findley spins kaleidoscopically around the family, finally giving the reader ...more
tamarack
Jun 29, 2008 tamarack rated it liked it
I've heard nothing but amazing things about Timothy Findley -- but perhaps I should've started with "Not Wanted on the Voyage" (if only it'd been in at the library!).

Last of the Crazy People is a bizarre story. Our protagonist is a young boy whose mother has locked herself in her bedroom in anger, whose older brother who is in a constant struggle with adult society, whose father isn't, whose aunt obsessively straightens her hair pins and tries to control the living, and whose somewhat-ally is th
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Natalie
Dec 29, 2013 Natalie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: janine, beth
I can't believe that this isn't a southern novel. It has all the elements:
eccentric, brooding characters CHECK
deposed aristocractic family CHECK
rambling old house in a field CHECK
Distressed race relations CHECK
Questionable names for characters and pets CHECK

I love this book that is mysteriously set in Canada. It's equal parts Faulkner's South, Flannery O'Conner's twisted morality and J.D. Salinger's existential dialogue. The writing is spare and exact. There is this tension throughout the book b
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Julie
The book will leave you stunned, heartbroken as it's done with me, and I've had and incredibly hard time, trying to find the right words, to describe the book. The characters and story, are haunting, it touches on a lot of themes and issues, one of which is very close to my heart. It was an enjoyable read, and one I'd highly recommend. Hooker was a complex character, who I really felt for. He's difficult to truly know and understand, but I think it worked well for him, because as a reader, you ...more
Erika Nerdypants
That Timothy Findley wrote beautiful, moving books is not in question, and "The Last of the Crazy People is no exception. We meet the Winslow family during the summer of 1964, and as Findley spins for us the web of what we know will be their final days, we can't help but get drawn into the silence of their madness. What I liked best about this book, better than any of the characters or even the narrative, is the brooding, oppressive atmosphere Findley creates by allowing the reader to experience ...more
Lux
Aug 06, 2007 Lux rated it it was amazing
Shelves: timothyfindley
This is the first Findley tale I had ever read and this is where my long time love affair with the author and his works began. A powerful story with extreme resluts, but beautiful and moving nonetheless.
Michael Christopher
Jul 26, 2011 Michael Christopher rated it really liked it
Madness and dysfunction comes to life in this tale, as seen from the eyes of a young boy trapped in the front row.
Megan Ayres
Jan 01, 2016 Megan Ayres rated it really liked it
I originally bought this book because it seemed similar of 'We Need to Talk About Kevin' to me when I read the blurb, and I really enjoyed that book. As it turned out, it wasn't at all like 'Kevin' but it was good nonetheless, and I really enjoyed it. It's not a long book, but it's interestingly written.
It follows the life of a young, isolated boy called Hooker, who doesn't really understand why his mum spends all her time in her room and the things his brother talks about. Hooker doesn't reall
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Brett Rose
Mar 21, 2015 Brett Rose rated it really liked it
This book, while being absolutely engrossing, overwhelmingly brutal, heavily emotional, and elegantly written, was also a very convoluted one. You are left almost as confused as Hooker in the wake of events that seem to blend together in a destructive and malevolent haze of the crazed adult world.

I will admit, personally, that I had a problem with how overloaded the story was with sub-text because of this narrative style. It is often-times difficult for me to keep up with certain character arch
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Daniel Kukwa
Apr 13, 2013 Daniel Kukwa rated it liked it
Shelves: canadian-lit
There is a great deal of dreamy narrative prose in this, Timothy Findley's first novel. He would go on to refine and improve his technigque over the years, until it flowed like poetry...but in this first attempt, it's a little overdone. I kept hoping these mental digressions would end, and the focus return to the more interesting machinations of the main plot: a surprisingly harrowing take on mental illness, particularly for a novel published in 1967. The tragic & terrible ending will leave ...more
Kristen
I first read The Last of the Crazy People by Timothy Findley back in 2007 for a writer's craft class in high school.

The Last of the Crazy People tells a haunting story and each character constantly has you wondering what is truly going on inside of them. The novel deals with issues such as mental health, alcoholism and family relationships. The Last of the Crazy People is a decent introduction to the work of Timothy Findley.
Kirsti
Jun 15, 2016 Kirsti rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this novel. Its portrayal of mentally ill people is not offensive and actually darn realistic. The plot itself is crazy good with tons of twists and interesting events to keep the reader engaged. Favourite character? Gilbert. He's a tragic, deep, and intelligent character. I can picture him as a heartthrob without his alcoholism, honestly.
Claire
Jan 08, 2013 Claire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stunning and poignant. Here is a book where you really ache for the protagonist and feel an emotional investment in his story. It's a must re-read as well; with so many layers of nuance and imagery it's hard to really get it all the first time around. I found myself going back and re-reading certain sections as it was. Excellent book! And as a bonus...it has cats too ;)
Darien
Feb 02, 2016 Darien rated it it was amazing
A very intense novel. From start to finish you wonder what will happen. I feel on edge just reviewing it. The title of this book will always bring you shivers after reading it. It's a very sad but thought provoking story.
Rebecca McNutt
I loved this book, everything about it. An evocative and insidious Canadian story about a child coping with his dysfunctional family, The Last of the Crazy People is fantastically dark and original.
Lola
Aug 05, 2013 Lola rated it it was amazing
I first read this in high school and it has stuck with me ever since. It's one of those books that leaves you with the strangest feeling...you're not sure what it is but it's left an impact and you'll ponder this feeling for years to come.
Krishne
Aug 06, 2013 Krishne rated it liked it
The plot is one which may be hard to follow but it may affect many if a very personal way as it includes many concepts in everyday lives.
Crystal
Feb 08, 2014 Crystal rated it it was amazing
For some reason I feel surprised and yet I feel like I should have seen it coming! The strength and charm is definitely in the simplicity of an 11 year old boy's struggle to understand.
Marilyn Matheny
Sep 21, 2008 Marilyn Matheny rated it liked it
I loved Findley's book "HeadHunter" I did not love this one. Too gloomy, too inevitably going to come to a bad conclusion. Good depiction of madness and how it poisons the whole family.
Isabel
Jun 08, 2012 Isabel rated it liked it
similar to 'we need to talk about kevin' except not quite as disturbing, and one feels sympathetic towards the main character.
Debbie
Feb 16, 2012 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could really identify with the boy in this novel. The lonliness and isolation of childhood. Very moving book.
Nancy
Apr 15, 2008 Nancy rated it liked it
I read this book on a recommendation of a singer I like. Not what I expected but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Made me think a lot.
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Timothy Irving Frederick Findley was a Canadian novelist and playwright. He was also informally known by the nickname Tiff or Tiffy, an acronym of his initials.

One of three sons, Findley was born in Toronto, Ontario, to Allan Gilmour Findley, a stockbroker, and his wife, the former Margaret Maude Bull. His paternal grandfather was president of Massey-Harris, the farm-machinery company. He was rais
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