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
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
These characters were more interesting than February but I am curious whether I would ...more
Lisa Moore’un ödüllü romanı Timsah, Newfoundland’de süren uzak yaşam üzerine biçimlenmiş öykülerden kurulmuş. Edebiyat tarihindeki çok merkezli anlatım yöntemi benimsenerek yazılmış bu romanda, yer yer Faulkner’in Döşeğimde Ölürken’inden yer yer de Alfred Döblin’in Berlin-Aleksander Meydanı’ından esintiler var. On yedi yaşındaki ekolojik-terör yanlısı Colleen, annesinin kanserden ölümünden sonra yaşamını bir yola koymaya çalışan Frank, belgesel film yapımcısı ...more
The book is written using different viewpoints and the ‘chapters’ are named after the character who is giving the reader his or her part of the story. It is not always clear from the start of a new chapter how a character will fit into the story and this intrigued me, because I knew there would be a connection with one or more of the other characters sooner or later.
When I ...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
It took me awhile to warm up to this book but once I did, I found the characters and their interwoven plot lines compelling.
This is a beautifully crafted character - driven story about a group of people whose lives butt up against each other. These people will stay with me for a long time.
The many stories from many characters past and present blend better than I would have thought. It was a fair book. Not a great one.
Everyone in this story is passionate, broken, and resolute. The 17-year-old Colleen outwardly wants to save the earth, inwardly is bent on her own destruction. Frank loses his mother to cancer, leaving him alone in the world. She has extracted his promise to go to college, so he works every night at his hot dog cart to save tuition money. Colleen’s mother Beverly slogs through each day, four years into her sudden widowhood. Madel ...more
A series of characters whose lives intertwined (sometimes tragically) but at the end I couldn't see the point.
A debut novel and I give her credit for that.
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
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