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

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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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idahiggins
Jun 17, 2013

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

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santiano9
Mar 31, 2013

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

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Huggyd
Mar 14, 2013

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

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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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