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Lauchlin Of The Bad Heart

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There was a time when Lauchlin MacLean was a promising welterweight boxer, a time when his heart was strong and fit, a time when he might have had a future. But instead, he stayed in his tightly knit Cape Breton community, in an island of safety where family roots run deep. Now in his 50s, Lauchlin finds his heart tested again by a beautiful blind woman, the wife of a frie ...more
360 pages
Published September 6th 2007 by HarperCollins (first published September 1st 2007)
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Aug 26, 2013 Margaret1358 Joyce rated it really liked it
This unnerving, lyrical tale of suspense --about an aging ex-boxer in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, forced to quit the ring when he developed a heart condition --lilts with the slow,repetitive rhythms of Islanders' speech, and delves deep into Scottish Gaelic ancestral folklore as well as that of the Mi'kmaq - the first nations' tribe that once lived in the thick mountainous forest of the area. MacDonald, a master storyteller, ascribes metaphorical power to the forest that resonates like a deep trem ...more
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May 11, 2011 John rated it liked it
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I would probably give this book 3.5 stars. It is the story of an ex-amateur boxer. Lauchlin, who now makes his living working in the family store. He is a bit of a ladies man and falls for the blind wife of a friend of his. A murder mystery takes up the last part of the book while most of the book involves Lauchlin's interactions with his fellow Cape Bretoners. The book did tend to drag in places otherwise it would have been a four star.
Gail Walraven
There was virtually no äction" until 2/3 of the way through the book. I found the many boxing conversations to be very tedious reading. Guess if you are a boxing fan you would find them more interesting. Did like the setting and the character development.
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D. R. MacDonald is the pen name of David R. MacDonald, a Canadian-American writer who publishes novels and short stories.

Born in Boularderie, Nova Scotia and raised in Ohio, he is a professor emeritus of creative writing at Stanford University. He still spends summers at the family homestead in Cape Breton Island, which he purchased in 1971, and his fiction is set in Cape Breton.

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