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Canada by Richard Ford
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Feb 10, 2012

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Even for one used to Ford's beautifully modulated prose and languid pacing, CANADA seems overwritten and excessively slow. The high points -- the aftermath of an amateurish bank robbery and the aftermath of a double murder -- are very high indeed. When Ford is good, he is very good. But there is a lot of prairie between the high points and, no matter how lovingly described, after a while it begins to get on one's nerves. A synopsis of the plot is more exciting than its slow unfolding. And yet...the prose so often achieves a burnished magnificence that one cannot help but be an admirer.
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message 1: by A. (new) - rated it 4 stars

A. I agree with just about everything you said, but in the end can't help loving this book. I think my love would have been stronger if 60 pages had been cut out the first half of the book. Once the robbery happened, I was strapped in tight and he could have taken me anywhere.

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