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Flagged Victor

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  22 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
A riveting and highly entertaining novel of friendship,betrayal and armed robbery from the author of the “impossible to put down” PW Book of the Year, The Four Stages of Cruelty.

In Halifax, Nova Scotia, in the late 1980s, two young university students who share a tenuous grasp on morality and a desire to lead remarkable lives convince themselves to risk everything and rob
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by HarperCollins Canada
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Philip Alexander
Jul 13, 2016 Philip Alexander rated it really liked it
Flagged Victor is a crisply-written and beautifully nuanced novel. It’s also a book that takes time to digest, and will build for some time after you’ve finished it. The lives of two close (and sometimes antithetical) friends; their families and their neighbourhood are packed into its 350 pages. The narrator is a clever, aspiring writer, but also a lethargic underachiever. He tells the story of he and his close friend, Chris. The two have been buddies since boyhood, in fact, we learn in the ...more
Ian
Jan 05, 2014 Ian rated it liked it
Moral ambiguity is at the crux of Keith Hollihan's novel Flagged Victor, which is narrated by a young man whose best friend Chris is not only seduced by the romance of the criminal act, but convinced he won't be caught. The narrator (we never learn his name) and Chris grow up together in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia in the 1980s. Their tight and in some ways exclusive bond results from having pulled each other intact through the knothole of childhood. Chris—athletic, charismatic, confident and ...more
Barbara Stevens
Apr 03, 2014 Barbara Stevens rated it it was amazing
This book is a pleasure to read. Mr. Hollihan has written an engaging, funny novel that seems to explore the interface between truth and fiction, self-disclosure and art. It reads like a friend telling a story over a couple of beers, if maybe one has a friend that could say “hey, did I ever tell you about when I robbed banks in college?”. It weaves in and out of narrative and introspection, with enough romantic irony that it sounds like a middle-aged fantastic version of youthful mistakes, and ...more
Tania Gee
Feb 21, 2014 Tania Gee rated it liked it
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