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13291 I'm really in love with this book! At first I thought, oh no. But it has really grown on me.
Sep 25, 2012 05:09PM

13291 Disappointing. As far as the author went, it was informative. But it was like a Reader's Digest Condensed book, only it wasn't supposed to be. Plus I thought the characters were too stock footage.
Sep 25, 2012 05:05PM

13291 This one has the tone of a message literary book, but it slowly dawned on me it was saying nothing. Kinda like someone waving at you and mouthing something you can't hear, so when you get close enough to hear, the person says something like, want a coupon for yogurt?

All of the characters were already on the paths their lives ultimately went after the accident. What was the message, then?
13291 I like it. I haven't finished it, but she reminds me of one of my best friends when we were both 20 and single.
Sep 01, 2012 10:09AM

13291 It's a literary work, going for playing with the elements of writing fiction in an undertone, and an in-depth exploration of personalities that live on the edge of civilization in small towns in the middle of nowhere in Canada and in Montana in the United States, with noirish happenings. The narrator is a 15 -year-old boy who speaks in a straight-forward unembellished tone, but this is where I felt a dissonance because it does sound like an immature but smart boy, but it is the grown-up man telling the story looking back.

I didn't like it for almost 200 pages, and I stuck with it only because of the author's prestige. It grew on me slowly. Eventually, I wanted to know how it would turn out, and I liked Dell.

It's definitely different, a weird combination of a noir plot written in a literary framework. It won't be a normal grocery store pickup.
Sep 01, 2012 03:49AM

13291 I thought the book a sly dig at the Canadian laid back style vs. the American tail-on-fire anxious persona. The narrator revealed the outcomes before revealing the action which had the effect of defusing suspense where the usual treatment is to build up suspense and danger before the outcome, and ending chapters with cliffhangers. Even the names, 'Dell' for the pliant Canadian kid vs. 'Berner' (burner) for the American kid. It was Noir, but all of the elements associates with Noir were reversed in their usage. Mystery was upended into clearly spoiling how it came out, confused atmosphere was instead clearly explained, scary people were helpful guides, and happy, well-adjusted ending.

Am I seeing metafiction where none existed? It was like Dell was on a voyage to the underworld, crossing the river Styx, (border) being lead and advised by different guides with varying instructions of guidance on how to behave in order to survive his journey.

I really loved this book. Dell, with no internal or external resources, learned how to be strong in a place with very little love or affection, overcoming the natural fears of any helpless youngster through positive self-talk, a hopeful imagination and a lively intelligence, until he could allow himself to see what his situation was and face it realistically. Practicality became the way to survival, and he embraced it, wisely. He achieved a better life through calm acceptance instead of trying to wrestle down and fight adversaries.

I think Ford just invented Canadian Noir.
Jul 31, 2012 11:57AM

13291 I've read several, and though in many ways he can be picked on because Hemingway's life was an open book (pun intended), I admire him as a writer. I do not really like his writing. I've read him as part of education requirements and my own curiosity. Men seem to adore him - women, at least as far as his books, not so much, generally.

But the man could write. He was courageous in experimenting with style, and he definitely pushed himself to deepen his experience of the world. I've read that it was because of his insecurities he pushed himself so hard, and I think he despised women because he hated the so-called 'womanly' qualities in himself that he felt led him to fall short of his idea of manliness. The abuse he put his body through and the constant humiliating of the women he liked was linked to the same set of fears, I believe .

I think he's worth reading, but I also think it is extremely ironic that many women find him romantic, now and in the past. But I can't understand women who fall in love with imprisoned killers and rapists.
Jul 29, 2012 06:52PM

13291 Every time the subject of this book comes up, I wonder why it was written. Hadley is not admirable. The book being well written disguises the fact that Hadley was on the periphery of Hemingway's life, making her a poor witness to his pub crawls or actual friendships. Given her mommy and natural doormat status, you know the bad boys in Hemingway's life would straighten up, tuck in their shirts and run a comb through their hair when she was with him. Was this to show Hemingway's married life? It's fictional, number one, but if you go by what he actually did in real life, he did not behave like a sweet, besotted husband, respectful of his family and mindful of his responsibilities as a father and husband.

I don't care how well written it is. It's a thematic disaster.
Jul 29, 2012 03:15PM

13291 Kathy F wrote: "I also hated the book. How many ways can two people who supposedly loved each other hurt each other. I really disliked Hadley Hemingway. I kept waiting for her to stand up for herself. What do ..."

I keep veering between Hadley being too stupid to live or being a masochist. If she WAS a masochist, then it probably was passive aggression.
Jul 22, 2012 03:45PM

13291 I'm very disappointed with this book. It could have been MUCH better than this if the author had taken more of an interest in writing it than he obviously did. Instead, it was as if he had three days to fulfill a contract and it didn't matter if it made sense as long as it hit all of the usual canned knee-jerk response scenes (cue thriller chase music). So what if it makes no sense a genius scientist wouldn't think of the possibility of distributed cloud storage or a program escaping to the Internet, or back-up copies?
Jul 22, 2012 03:32PM

13291 It wasn't until I pushed on past the first few hundred pages that I realized I was reading what should be a Great Literature Classic nominee. This is such a good book. I wish I could influence those who award prizes and decide which books are Canon. I'd be out there madly recommending this book to be on on every Literature Class List. This is definitely one of those books that you will want to read twice, 20 years apart between readings, probably at age 30 and 50, at least.

It took me awhile to realize I was reading such a nuanced exploration of how devastating tragedies, which seem impossible to live through or get over, and cause so many of us to shut down, may yet provide a foundation for a richer life if we give ourselves permission to continue in our efforts to connect with our friends and neighbors.
Jul 22, 2012 03:13PM

13291 Excellent book. I loved it. It's not only a time travel book, it's about how the fallout from different choices people make matter -or not.
13291 This is a really good book. The author managed to cover every angle and show many viewpoints on the issue of slavery that existed in English society in the eighteenth century without having to write a huge opus or a boring historical fiction that preaches. Yet, the point is made about the dreadful waste of human lives and potential.
Jul 13, 2012 11:18AM

13291 I hated this book. It felt like I was reading more about baby spit up than an artist involved in the 1920's art scene.
Jul 09, 2012 12:07PM

13291 I'm reading The Quality of Mercy.
Jun 09, 2012 08:14PM

13291 Finished. Beautifully written and a lovely entertainment. I'm glad to have read this. However, the ending was not equal to the book. It was like the author lost interest after the fire.
Jun 02, 2012 11:28PM

13291 I love this book so far. Molly would hate me saying this, but she's adorable.
Feb 20, 2012 08:52PM

13291 I finished this yesterday and I'm very happy I read it. I plan to reread it someday. The story held my interest as much as the beautiful and perceptive writing. At times I felt I was reading a poet's excerpt rather than a story.
Jan 04, 2012 10:53PM

13291 Evie seemed almost pure symbol. She was more of a haunted and haunting ghost instead of a child, the sacrificed lamb that carried everyone's sins. At least that's how she appeared to me. The accident could be representing how everything was riding forward smoothly and then the sudden unexpected bent event in what everyone thought was simply traveling to a safe destination. Roads are HUGELY symbolic in literature, dating back to ancient Greek, Egyption and Mesopotamian oral stories. Writers of Literature (big L) seem to need to include traditional symbols dating from traditional stories told since at least 10,000 BC. I took an intro class which fascinated me enough to look into this stuff. I've been reading Penguin books of famous ancient legends and folk stories and discovered modern college educated writers have been writing with this secret coded traditional symbolism all along! (of course, sometimes a banana is just a banana! : ) ) Most roads are smooth and evenly designed, but when a hair turn bend must be built in cars often crash there, thus the title Bent Road. I think. I'm no scholar, just a curious person. The 'did we hit something?' must have meant something, and it did kinda disappear! But this book is so crafted and designed, I also stopped there in puzzlement and reread that scene later. Hmmmmmm.
Dec 19, 2011 03:54PM

13291 I thought this was a terrific book. The only quibble is the "you-you-you". That has always been like fingernails on a blackboard for me, but the book was so good that for once I stuck with it. I'm glad I did. The surprise ending was really something!
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