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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.
The story was excellent, the characters were incredibly well developed, and the book was very thought provoking.
Strangely compelling.Hard to put down.Hard to understand how two kids could be just left to fend for themselves.I thought the book was more about Canada.
Great story, tightly unfurled, and superbly written. Fords prose reads like poetry, and his gift for description of time and place is remarkable. Read morePublished 8 hours ago by Savvy Geezer
I loved the narrator and the way he saw and interpreted the world. I good read. Although it is long it maintained my
interest and went quickly.
Quietly written, a powerful story of life gone wrong the aftermath. The strength of Dell, the narrator protagonist, is astonishing. From the opening lines..". Read morePublished 11 hours ago by H. Cox
Good read. Well written piece of literature with a moving story of the impactbof crime and family disfunction on one young teen boyPublished 2 days ago by Elaine McLaughlin
Storyline was somewhat disjointed but well written and insightful observation through the eyes of the protagonist. Enjoyable read.Published 2 days ago by Michael E Wenzel
Boring. Depressing. Slow. Uninteresting Dysfunctional familyPublished 8 days ago by Allan Kleinkopf