The only writer ever to win both the Pulitzer Prize and Pen/Faulkner Award for a single novel (Independence Day) Richard Ford follows the completion of his acclaimed Bascombe trilogy with Canada. After a five-year hiatus, an undisputed American master delivers a haunting and elemental novel about the cataclysm that undoes one teenage boy’s family, and the stark and unforgi...more
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The antithesis of a thriller!
There are no surprises in this. You know from the opening sentence that his parents are going to rob a bank. You know that there are going to be murders. You know in advance that his sister is going to run away. You know that he is going to Canada.
Maybe some books are like a river tumbling down from the mountains - fast paced, gathering speed, sweeping all along on its rush to the sea. But this is a book like a lazy stretch of water on the coasta ...more
This is one of those books that may actually translate into one of those acclaimed "films".. which, if it does, I will then have wished that I had waited for the film to com ...more
Beyond the vast ocean of Saskatchewanian wheat fields, burrowed with the detritus of past lives and half-lives, a fifteen-year-old boy is marooned on a forgotten prairie land with fugitives and transients, like a scrap of driftwood or a windblown, bone-cracked bottle. His surname is a mystery for twelve chapters; it's released, finally, like a swift, so ...more
The opening sentences of the story are “First, I'll tell you about the robbery our parents committed. Then about the murders, which happened later”. ...more
I thought it was a real downer...
Had to convince myself to stick to it w/ the hope that the story might ingnite into something interesting. It was heavy with describing things, which the author did over and over.
The parents, having fi ...more
1) O Canada
3) Canadian bacon - The meat
4) Canadian Bacon - The movie
5) Mounties (e.g. Dudley Do-Right, Sergeant Preston, the guy from Due South)
7) America’s 51st state
9) Alpha Flight
10) Celine Dion
11) The McKenzie brothers
12) Brandon’s beard
Ah, but sadly, this book depressed me too much to dig into this treasure trove of material so I guess I’ll just have to stick to revie ...more
What Richard Ford teaches me with the exquisite Canada is patience. He taches me to pull back, hold on, allow the plot to reel out while keeping a closer eye on the characters and their actions and reactions. What he offers in return for my patience is ...more
First I'll tell about the robbery our parents committed. Then about the murders, which happened later.
Well, I certainly couldn't, nor any one of the four hundred odd pages that followed. I did manage to do an hour's teaching, as well as process three pounds of sour cherries into something in jars that might decide to be jam, but only in order to allow myself to luxuriate in this warm bath of words without the (negligible) pangs of guilt that might follow th ...more
Reading this I did know moments of enervating toil – a couple of times the narrative seemed to hike off the beaten track; or perhaps circle repeatedly around the houses would be a better metaphor. They say editors dare not question the cartography of established writers – Murakami’s 19Q4 being the best example – and you definitely have the sense here that were this a novel by a debut author a landscape gardener would have been called in. Howeve ...more
Η αργή ανάπτυξη του μυθιστορήματος, που όμως δεν υπολείπεται καθόλου σε πλοκή, βοηθά στο να αναπτυχθεί όμορφα ο χαρακτήρας του De ...more
Fifteen-year-old Dell Parsons is forced to stand on his own after his parents are arrested for a bank robbery near Great Falls, Montana. An older Dell tells his story of the aftermath of his parents' arrests and convictions, when his twin sister Berner left him to a family friend who took him to live with another American, a mysterious and charming Arthur Remlinger (whose wickedness lurks beneath), on the plains of Saskatchewan, Canada.
The 2012 novel looks a ...more
In Canada, Ford's most recent work, the "man" is a 15 year old boy, Dell Parsons. ...more
They were careless people, Tom and Daisy--they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into ... their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.
--F. Scott Fitzgerald
(FROM MY BLOG) My tastes in books are peculiar and inconsistent. I don't generally read "best sellers," including those blockbusters that appear on the front page of the New York Times book section. Not out of some misplaced form of snobbishne ...more
The oft-quoted first lines (First, I’ll tell about the robbery our parents committed. Then about the murders, which happened later) set the stage for the duality that is showcased heavily throughout CANADA: the robberies, then the murder (reflecting two deceptions)…the past, ...more
This highly-praised book by a Pulitzer Prizewinner left me largely indifferent and rather bored. Essentially, it is a simple coming of age story told in a direct and deliberately artless style, but stretched out to over 400 pages, in a novel that has really only two events in its entire length.
We learn about those in the first two sentences, already much quoted, and deservedly so, because they could rank among the great openings in literature. "First, I'll tell about the robber ...more
So, when I saw Canada on the bargain book shelf and knowing that it didn't have anything to do with Frank Bascombe, I decided that perhaps I would read it. I opened it and read the two opening sentences: "First, I'll tel ...more
I find it odd that, with the many different colorful, memorable characters that come and go in Canada, Ford writes from the viewpoint of the least interestin ...more
Ford gives us magnificent descriptions of 1960 Great F ...more
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