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Canada by Richard Ford
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Jul 01, 12

Read in June, 2012

Couldn't put it down. It seemed like two books - the first and second parts were quite different. The first part felt like dead-reckoned realism, the humble, painful and raw telling of the everyday details of a life catapulting blindly toward despair. The second part felt like a fairytale, an intricate telling of an improbable adventure, lacking the innocent details of everyday life that made the first half so real and heartbreaking; the unfolding of a life as perhaps only a child could conjure. I love Ford's writing, it is very, very good, extremely skillful and thoughtful, he clearly researches his subjects and characters in tremendous depth. His prose is little eccentric occasionally, and he gets away with it - which I suspect happens when no one dares to correct a really good writer. And all is forgiven a hundred times over when the author powerfully creates a world that makes you want to read, read and read some more -- though you are not sad when it's over as happens when you read a truly life-changing book. And yet, scenes from the book float up into consciousness again and again, like a dream you keep remembering, surely the sign of a very good book. All in all, CANADA is a wonderfully written, memorable book, very worth reading.
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