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Canada by Richard Ford
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Jul 23, 12

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Read from June 20 to July 23, 2012

This book left me somewhat perplexed, torn between its finely wrought language, each sentence a chiseled work of master craftsman, and its heavy-handed artificial parallel structure. The two halves of the book are like two artisan glass bottles on a window sill each filled with Ford's crystalline spring water words. (Did I just write that? Am I actually going to let that in?) I guess if that is supposed to be a criticism the metaphor for a better book would be an alpine spring, just there on the mountain begging to succor your spiritual thirst and turn the stars inside your mind bright. You know, Savage Detectives, or maybe Tree of Smoke, with no bottles in sight unless they are wine bottles.

Charlie Quarters steals the show and is the most memorable character I've read since Perkus Tooth.

Dell's 15 and 68 year old selves bleed together a bit too much sometimes.

The core of the story is a metaphor about American economic life that is hidden is plain sight just like Arthur Remlinger. For me, this metaphor is what the book is really about.
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