Lisa Moore's wickedly fresh first novel, a Canadian best seller, winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Canadian and Caribbean region), and a Globe and Mail Book of the Year moves with the swiftness of an alligator in attack mode through the lives of a group of brilliantly rendered characters mingling in contemporary St. John's, Newfoundland. St. John's is a city whose...more
An example of her choppy, disjointed writing from page 179: "Lately, Madeleine listens. Or rather, she doesn't speak as much. Part of it is that she's too tired to talk. She's got the phone pressed to her ear and the aluminum tree branches...more
These characters were more interesting than February but I am curious whether I would...more
It has the same beautiful language as February: Moore is very good with painting lovely word pictures. But the structure of this one left me feeling confused and disjointed, and the characters didn't draw me in to make that better. There wasn't much in the way of a plot until the last quarter.
I can see why this was an impress...more
Alligator is told by multiple narrators who are each somehow linked to at least two of the other narrators. This narrative form can sometimes be confusing, especially if you'...more
While this book is well-written, I had a hard time connecting to the characters, except for Frank. He was the most likable character. The rest seemed either too selfish or one-dimensional.
The story is mostly setting up the circumstances, building until they quickly crash together and end. The end of the book comes very quickly after, without much of a wrap-up of the characters, their impacts on their environments,...more
Lisa Moore's novel does begin with some rather gruesome images--one of the main characters, Colleen, a teenage eco-terrorist in training, watchs some video footage taken by her filmmaker aunt, Madeline. The clip shows a man down in Florida (who puts his head into the ja...more
Cannot say enough good things about this book. Phenomenally well written.
Great sense of setting (St. John's, Newfoundland, modern day) with
characters that just leap off the page and right into your lap.
Some almost interesting characters but with no story for them to live in the reader is left desperately bored.
Stopped 49.6% of the way in, which was too long.
I wanted to like it, I really wanted to like it but I just didn't find any of the characters likeable. I think each chapter is very well written, and I think as a series of short stories it could be a decent collection but as a novel I found the lack of continuity between chapters jarring. The subject of each chapter shifts between characters, and because I really didn't like any of them, I found it difficult to keep track of what was happening to whom. I also felt let down by the lack of resol...more
Open and Alligator were both nominated for the Giller Prize. Alligator won the Commonwealth Prize for the Canadian Caribbean Region and the ReLit Award, and Open won the Canadian Authors' Association Jubilee Prize for Short Fiction.
Lisa has also written for television, radio, magazines (...more