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Canada By Richard Ford Canada 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

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  • Author: Richard Ford
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  • Canada By Richard Ford 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 unforgiThe 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 unforgiving landscape in which he attempts to find grace.A powerful and unforgettable tale of the violence lurking at the heart of the world, Richard Ford s Canada will resonate long and loud for readers of stark and sweeping novels of American life, from the novels of Cheever and Carver to the works of Philip Roth, Charles Frazier, Richard Russo, and Jonathan Franzen.
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    1. Jeffrey Keeten on said:

      The world doesn t usually think about bank robbers as having children though plenty must But the children s story which mine and my sister s is is ours to weigh and apportion and judge as we see it Years later in college, I read that the great critic Ruskin wrote that composition is the arrangement of unequal things Which means it s for the composer to determine what s equal to what, and what matters and what can be set to the side of life s hurtling passage onward What do you do when your pare [...]

    2. Will Byrnes on said:

      Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Ford s latest novel begins First, I ll tell about the robbery our parents committed Then about the murders, which happened laterReally, could anyone read those lines and not want to see what follows Ford gently but steadily builds tension from the opening sentence, when we know murders are coming, to the event itself In the meantime we come to care about our narrator, Dell Parsons, and have a rooting interest in how he will fare once it does Part One of the novel ta [...]

    3. Julie on said:

      What an odd read 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 coastal plain mea [...]

    4. Derek on said:

      Yaaawn I must say it is very well written and I could picture all the boring details and bleak scenes which seemed to go by at an excruciating, belabored pace It was like watching a train wreck in super duper slow motion, frame by frame Two train wrecks to be precise, for this poor little slob of a main character 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 come out, because [...]

    5. Francisco on said:

      Sometimes I feel that the publishing world has a sickly fear of boring the reader In the YA world, which is the world I inhabit as a writer, the pressure is never ending for the novel to clip along at a lively pace less you lose your young hyper active reader It s almost as if we must do all we can to give TV and Video Games and Instant Messaging a good run for their money So it is good to read authors who are willing to give their readers a different kind of pleasure one that requires a shift t [...]

    6. switterbug (Betsey) on said:

      First, I ll tell about the robbery our parents committed Then about the murders, which happened later That s the first two lines of the book.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, soft tea [...]

    7. B the BookAddict on said:

      In Canada, Richard Ford has written a long and contemplative story The book sleeve calls it a visionary novel of vast landscapes, complex identities and fragile humanity which questions the fine line between the normal and the extraordinary, and the moments that haunt our settled view of the world A true description would be hard to find 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 How could you [...]

    8. StevenGodin on said:

      I am starting to feel sorry for those who reside in backwater towns across either America or Canada There always seem to be an unjust stigma attached for no fault of their own as to how they go about leading their lives And Richard Ford has done what countless other writers have done before him with the followingThere is a dangerous individual who lives in a trailer outside of town The blinds are generally always down, the interior looks like a grenade went off, it s surrounded by junk, and most [...]

    9. Marita on said:

      Two ordinary parents with two likeable children What would drive these parents to commit a bank robbery, and how do the children react to this life changing event Dell Parsons remembers his parents as they were in 1960, the year of the robbery, the robbery which changed everything My Mother, Neeva Kamper short for Geneva , was a tiny, intense, bespectacled woman with unruly brown hair, downy vestiges of which ran down her jawline She owned a skeptical frame of mind, was an intent listener when w [...]

    10. Judy on said:

      I waited patiently for something to happen I was tired of hearing how short his Jewish mother was how tall his Alabama father was how he had a twin sister It finally did happen around 160 pages, but fizzeled out again Came to, near the end alittle.I thought it was a real downerHad 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 financial difficulties, d [...]

    11. Kemper on said:

      So here was a list of things I was thinking about to mock and or reference when reviewing Canada 1 O Canada2 Hockey3 Canadian bacon The meat4 Canadian Bacon The movie5 Mounties e.g Dudley Do Right, Sergeant Preston, the guy from Due South 6 This7 America s 51st state8 Wolverine9 Alpha Flight10 Celine Dion11 The McKenzie brothers12 Brandon s beardAh, 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 reviewing it instead.In [...]

    12. Michael on said:

      Well written and compelling tale of a 15 year old boy, Dell, coming to terms with the sudden disintegration of his family in northern Montana and his resilience during a period of being under the control of strangers with little concern for his situation or fate Though that sounds like the story of a large population of kids from broken families who get placed into foster care, in this case Dell s life gets disrupted due to his relatively ordinary parents committing a bank robbery Instead of fos [...]

    13. Teresa on said:

      Something is bothering me about this book, but I m not sure what it is In the beginning, I found the narratorial tic of Dell s constantly telling us that he d already said something a bit much, though that tic faded as the novel went on And though this book is long, I feel there s something missing As Dell says later, there is no need to look for hidden or opposite meanings in his story, which is well told and compelling in Ford s reliable prose, but perhaps meaning is exactly what I feel I m mi [...]

    14. Julie Christine on said:

      I feel honored when a book teaches me something new about reading, when a writer has the confidence in his story to pull no punches with his writing, trusting in the reader s intelligence to absorb a story without telling her what she should feel 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 wr [...]

    15. Violet wells on said:

      Things happen when people are not where they belong.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 However it was [...]

    16. somuchreading on said:

      500 , 2 Dell Parson, 2 , Ford, , , Dell Dell , , , , forced , , 4 5 Loneliness, I ve read, is like being in a long line, waiting to reach the front where it s promised something good will happen Only the line never moves, and other people are always coming in ahead of you, and the front, the place where you want to be, is always farther and farther away until you no longer believe it has anything to offer you.

    17. ·Karen· on said:

      Who could possibly resist this opening 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 the se [...]

    18. Robert Stewart on said:

      Firstly, I didn t finish reading this book Secondly, I usually don t comment on review the things I ve read, but I was asked by someone on Facebook why I stopped reading Canada This was my reply I ve never been a Ford fan and took a risk on this one based on all the hype here in Canada, which I can only now assume was based solely on the title I thought the narrative was poorly executed and the characters just collections of words Ford failed at turning those collections of words into the illusi [...]

    19. Perry on said:

      Rough Riding in Saskatchewan4.4 starsFifteen 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 at wh [...]

    20. Ellie on said:

      I ll admit I started this book with prejudice I love Canada I mostly love his writing which I find to be consistently gorgeous, in a quiet, beautifully cadenced way His stories are not the sort that usually attract me men in America, searching for their identities But possibly as a result of the beauty of the prose , I am always drawn in and touched by Ford s men He renders their malaise precisely and gently.In Canada, Ford s most recent work, the man is a 15 year old boy, Dell Parsons All the a [...]

    21. Don on said:

      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 snobbishness, but simply [...]

    22. David on said:

      This felt soooo long to me The length seems to take what could have been an interesting story and render it thin and lugubrious I can t decide if this is really one novella or two related short stories but, in any event, there is the sense throughout that it is excessive by a few hundred pages From what I have read, it is the writing that was supposed to have kept me engaged and willing to linger For whatever reason that just didn t happen as it did in a similar book, Plainsong , which was lovel [...]

    23. Roger Brunyate on said:

      What Am I Missing 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 robbery o [...]

    24. Jill on said:

      CANADA is and I don t say this very often a contemporary masterpiece tautly drawn and introspective characters, elegant themes, terse plotting and symmetrical structure It deserves to win Richard Ford another Pulitzer.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, then the now [...]

    25. Tomek Helbin on said:

      I was reading this book over several months with a lot of breaks It s a very slow read, but deeply touching.

    26. Howard on said:

      Years ago, I read Independence Day, which was Richard Ford s second Frank Bascombe novel Then there was a third, but I didn t read it, because I thought I should first go back and read the first one And now there is a fourth one and I am falling farther and farther behind.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 tell about th [...]

    27. Oscar on said:

      Canad , la nueva novela de Richard Ford tiene como protagonista a Dell Parsons, un profesor jubilado que reside en Canad Dell, desde la madurez, decide narrar los sucesos que le acontecieron en Great Falls, Montana, en 1960, cuando ten a quince a os, que le sirvieron para perder la inocencia y enfrentarse a la vida Estos sucesos est n marcados sobre todo por un hecho el atraco que cometieron sus padres y que les llevo a prisi n El an lisis psicol gico del protagonista, de sus padres y de su herm [...]

    28. HBalikov on said:

      A grudging 5 stars for a story that was brilliantly told, even though I didn t really enjoy how it made me feel You may find that it isn t clear for most of the book how far in time the narrator is from the events he is describing, I found myself sucked down into the whirlpool of tragedies that in a few months irrevocably change Dell and his sister s lives.Ford is a master at voice, and he manages to give us both the Dell of the moment and the Dell of later in a way that we don t question their [...]

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