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Road to Bliss

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  53 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Set against the vividly described Prairies in the heart of a cloistered religious sect, this is a gripping novel from a beloved Canadian author.

Fifteen-year-old Jim Hobbs, alienated from life in Toronto, hitchhikes to the Prairies on a whim, where he finds shelter in an abandoned farmhouse. There, he encounters his neighbours, members of Majestic Farm, a group that abides
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 22nd 2009 by Doubleday Canada (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jul 16, 2014 •lauren• rated it liked it
Shelves: summer-2014
I really wish I loved this book more.

The whole concept of a boy stumbling upon a religious cult, falling in love with a girl, and helping to plan her escape is a pretty solid base for a novel, that I wish Joan Clark had done more with. Let me try to be as concise as possible here, as I go through what I liked, and what I didn’t.

What I Didn’t Like:
1)The writing. Oh my goodness the writing! I was so annoyed by Clark’s writing style that I almost abandoned the book about 1/8th of the way in. It is
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Reviewed by Liz Gilbert

Fifteen-year-old Jim Hobbes is disillusioned with urban life and the emotional drama of daily living with his sister and mother. He misses the ongoing presence of his father and the family he had prior to his parents’ separation. He feels confined by school walls and academics. When he escapes a subway car disabled by the Northeast Blackout of 2003, he decides to go on the road, hitchhiking west to experience life. A series of benevolent encounters assist him in his journe
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Road to Bliss is about a fifteen year old boy named Jim who leaves home for the Prairies. While at the Prairies, he learns to find himself and become independent. However, while finding himself in a place called Bliss, he encounters a religious cult called Majestic Farm. At Majestic Farm, he meets Miriam, who is trying to escape from her father, the pastor or leader of the cult.

When reading this novel, I felt that I skimmed a lot of the paragraphs because they were either really long (massive pa
Sep 24, 2009 Louise rated it it was amazing
What an absolutely phenomenal story!!! I originally purchased this novel as I thought it was the third "adult" novel Joan Clark had written who is a Canadian author and one of my favourites. However, after getting it home and beginning to read, I realized it was written for a teenage audience, however undaunted I forged ahead and didn't put the book down until I was finished 2 hours later.

Adults...go ahead and purchase this mesmerizing, enchanting, and most captivating novel. I promise you the e
Aug 26, 2013 Sharon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013
What an interesting book.

Fifteen year old Jim Hobbs gets stuck in the underground during a power failure in Toronto. This experience really freaks him out and he's unable to understand how he's feeling, so he just starts walking. Granted, his parent's breakup and his sister's teenage angst might have had something to do with his confusion. He heads west and luckily, gets picked up by a benevolent truck driver who drives him across the prairies and deposits him at a place called Bliss. Jim finds
Nov 11, 2009 Ursina rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009-read
A really good book, should be a classic to read in school. Some minor facts that did not add up for me but really good otherwise.
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Joan Clark BA, D.Litt (hon.) (née MacDonald)is a Canadian fiction author.

Born in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Clark spent her youth in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. She attended Acadia University for its drama program, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree with English maj
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