Canada

Canada

Book - 2012
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"First, I'll tell about the robbery our parents committed. Then the murders, which happened later."

So begins Canada, the unforgettable story of Dell Parsons, a young man forced by catastrophic circumstances to reconcile himself to a world rendered unrecognizable. Spirited across the Montana border into Saskatchewan and taken in by Arthur Remlinger, an enigmatic man whose own past exists on the other side of the border, Dell struggles to understand what his future can be even as he comes to understand the violence simmering below the surface in his new life.

In this brilliant novel, set largely in Saskatchewan, Richard Ford has created a masterwork. Haunting and spectacular in vision, Canada is a novel rich with emotional clarity and lyrical precision, and an acute sense of the grandeur of living. It is a classic-in-the-making from one of our time's greatest writers.

ISBN: 9781443411110
9781443411127
Characteristics: 420 pages ;,24 cm.

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MikeEe
Sep 09, 2018

Great novel, great narrator! I loved following Dell as he tried to make sense of himself and his world , often using his rarely infallible reverse-thinking. I was always interested and sometimes fearful of what would happen next.

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gvlee
Sep 04, 2018

Didn't get past the 2nd chapter. Too similar a writing style to Laura Hillenbrand (Sea Biscuit). Annoying style with plot going nowhere.

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PamBurtonW
Aug 05, 2018

Richard Ford should be ashamed of using the name of our wonderful country to write a book about a confused teenager. The contemplations , one after the next into tangents of tedium are boring and frustrating. This was terrible writing; such repetative redundancies, poor subject matter, descriptions of Saskatchewan so repelling, disgusting personalities the teen, Dell, has these tedious internal dialogues about and the reader is teased into thinking there's some kind of halfway interesting climax coming but no, not and the plot is so broken up with teenage quandry and what he thought and what they ate and what the table looked like instead of getting to the POINT. Frustrating. If you read the first 2 and the last 2 chapters of the first part you may find the Second Part slightly interesting if you are a teenager yourself. The Third Part where I hoped to find some kind of meaningful result or tale of what happened to Dell after he left on the bus but no, just a bunch of musing by the grown Dell about what he teaches his students, groan, what? and then some sad little tale about his sister, dead mother, 90 year old dad he never saw again, WHAT A WASTE OF MY TIME!

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toby65
Apr 06, 2014

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.

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uncommonreader
Mar 03, 2014

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.

adam_cooper Feb 15, 2014

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.

msmigels Dec 30, 2013

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!

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molmil8
Dec 19, 2013

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.

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srd66669
Nov 13, 2013

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.

bandblair Nov 04, 2013

I was underwhelmed.

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ladyh
Aug 05, 2012

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

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Hadley
Jul 22, 2012

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

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