The Lost Highway
These are the forlorn thoughts of Alex Chapman, the tragic anti-hero of Dav ...more
I found this book a little slow in the beginning but I am glad I pushed through the first 20 or so pages. I found the story to be very intriguing. I enjoy that the book opens up describing the characters and then you get the background story on Alex to understand why he is such an unlikeable character. In the beginning I found myself sympathizing with Alex until I got to know him better.
At times I felt that I wanted to yell at the characters i ...more
Until! Midway through the book Richards’ must have realized (or perhaps his editor) that a novel can only go so long without a plot event, and decided ...more
One night he learns from a local auto mechanic that James has bought a winning thirteen million dollar lottery ticket. Alex considers that this may be his chance for reve ...more
However, what keeps this from five stars is a disturbing trend for the author's voice to preach AS the author, and not as a c ...more
Alex spent a stunted childhood watching his gentle mother defiled by rough-handed men including Roach, his biological father. Upon his mother’s death Alex is passed into the care of his hard-nosed great-uncle Jim Chapman, nicknamed “The Tyrant” by their Miramichi community. Alex’s uncle becomes a symbol of all that he loathes.
Alex distinguishes himself from this brutal masculinity that stole his mother from himby becoming a self-imposed ascetic, entering the local seminary and rehearsing his
If you're new to Adams Richards don't start with this novel - try Mercy Among the Children or Nights Below Statio ...more
The main character, Alex was such an unlikeable person. He and his uncle were constantly at odds with each other. Alex learns one day that his uncle has been sold a winning lottery ticket worth $13 million and Alex vows that his uncle will never see this money and from then on plots how to turn the ticket ...more
At first I thought that I wouldn't get used to the writing style, but the clever plot and fresh concept quickly made me want to find out what would happen next. The psychology behind the actions of mere men thrust into the unthinkable circumstance of possible fortune makes for an exciting exploration into the human condition. More than that, the incredible build-up towards the end is rewarded with a satisfying conclusion. Not a ten-pages-per-night kind of book. Bravo.
An exploration of religion and ethics and man's inability to reconcile meaning.
I liked it so much because it shows the development of sin, speaks God's word and deals intelligently with important issues. Character development is also well done.
What Richards does, and does bril ...more
Born in Newcastle, New Brunswick, Richards left St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick, one course shy of completing a B.A. Richards has been a writer-in-residence at various universities and colleges across Canada, including the University of New Brunswick.
Richards has received numerou ...more