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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.
To me it is a very slow moving story and I just can't seem to finish the book.
It's one of those novels too where the author uses a narrator who is probably the least interesting character in the book.
Somehow the writer, Richard Ford, engages us with the character from the very beginning of the book.
Ever pick up a book and assume that it is about one thing, when it turns out to be about something quite different? That was my experience with Canada. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Susannah 111
another beatiful poignant story by a master, well crafted and enjoyablePublished 4 days ago by Harrylyme
I thought Canada was well-written but the narrator's voice was flat and laconic. I believe all the rave reviews were overrated and hyperbolic.Published 14 days ago by Ms. Marilyn Parker
I really enjoyed this book---mostly the story. I felt that I wss "white knuckled" through a lot of it. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Me too!
I don't like it because the subject and story line was just too sad and creepy. The writing of Mr. Ford has an accomplished voice, plenty of confidence that held my attention -... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Jan L Edmonds