Ford, Richard (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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"First, I'll tell about the robbery our parents committed. Then about the murders, which happened later." Then fifteen-year-old Dell Parsons' parents rob a bank, his sense of normal life is forever altered. In an instant, this private cataclysm drives his life into before and after, a threshold that can never be uncrossed. His parents' arrest and imprisonment mean a threatening and uncertain future for Dell and his twin sister, Berner. Willful and burning with resentment, Berner flees their home in Montana, abandoning her brother and her life. But Dell is not completely alone. A family friend intervenes, spiriting him across the Canadian border, in hopes of delivering him to a better life. There, afloat on the prairie of Saskatchewan, Dell is taken in by Arthur Remlinger, an enigmatic and charismatic American whose cool reserve masks a dark and violent nature. Undone by the calamity of his parents' robbery and arrest, Dell struggles under the vast prairie sky to remake himself and define the adults he thought he knew. But his search for grace and peace only moves him nearer to a harrowing and murderous collision with Remlinger, an elemental force of darkness. A true masterwork of haunting and spectacular vision from one of our greatest writers, Canada is a profound novel of boundaries traversed, innocence lost and reconciled, and the mysterious and consoling bonds of family. Told in spare, elegant prose, both resonant and luminous, it is destined to become a classic.
Authors: Ford, Richard, 1944-
Title: Canada
Publisher: New York :, Ecco Press,, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 420 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780061692048
Branch Call Number: Fiction
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Report This Apr 06, 2014
  • toby65 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A remarkable read, because of the quality of the writing. Very slow going at times, but just about worth the effort. I say 'just about' because the truth is that the thoughts and experiences of a 15 yr old boy are just not that interesting to me. A memorable book, but not one I can ever imagine wanting to re-read.

Report This Mar 03, 2014
  • uncommonreader rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

In a rambling and roundabout way, Ford narrates the impact of parents' actions on their children in the short and long term. It was not credible that a man, looking back on his life, could remember everything from the distant past in such detail and unchanged by the intervening years. Disappointing.

Report This Feb 15, 2014
  • adam_cooper rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Richard Ford may well be the greatest craftsman of the English language working today and Canada suggests that he is getting more astute with age. Ford's celebrated observational skills enliven his most ambitious plot to date and the introduction of an element of crime provides fertile ground for this laconic explication of humans adrift in the modern world.

Report This Dec 30, 2013
  • msmigels rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

A fifth of the way into this book, I went back to the reviews that first enticed me into reading it to see if I was missing something. They all talked about the beautiful and brilliantly crafted prose. For me, it was dull plodding sentence after dull plodding sentence; like watching a stunned car-crash survivor making their way along a hospital corridor, step by careful step. And those who called it a "coming of age adventure tale" better look up the meaning of adventure. I had to borrow the ebook version of this novel from the library 3 times before i finally finished it. I found Dell’s character totally unbelievable; passivity and acceptance to the extreme. Actually, the second part was better than the first (changed my rating from 1 star to 2). Hey, who says I don’t finish what I start!

Report This Dec 19, 2013
  • molmil8 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I have seen some comments that readers have found this book too slow and that nothing happens. While I agree I do not think that every books has to be fast-paced. The place descriptions give the reader a vivid impression of the place and time of the book an allows the reader to experience how the behaviour and choices of adults impact the lives and experiences of a child.

Report This Nov 13, 2013
  • sylvia6669 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Richard Ford can write! The book "Canada" introduces you to interesting people which you feel you know. The story is intriguing. Most of all: this is written wonderfully well.

Report This Nov 04, 2013
  • bandblair rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I was underwhelmed.

Tedious! Says the same thing over and over. I got to about page 65 and decided my time was better spent elsewhere.

Report This Mar 31, 2013
  • callaottawa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this and realized all the hype was worth it. Well and cleanly written - good story and good characters.

Read this one first. It has lots of holds on it

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Report This Aug 05, 2012
  • ladyh rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"many bad events originate: from just an inch away from the everyday." 360

Report This Jul 22, 2012
  • Hadley rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

First, I’ll tell about the robbery our parents committed. Then the murders, which happened later.


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