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The big idea in Stanley Park is that global corporate culture threatens the local connections that sustain us. Only the outcasts in Stanley Park retain these connections, and one of them imparts to Jeremy the secret of trapping a swan: "'Stinky box does it,' Caruzo informed, scratching himself. 'Stinky box is all.'" He retrieves a discarded hot dog shipping box and explains the technique: "'I distract him.' Caruzo said. 'You kill him. Distract. Kill.'" Though our hero cannot bring himself to dispatch the bird, he understands the basic link with nature. Stanley Park isn't Crime and Punishment and doesn't pretend to be, even if the vocabulary is sometimes a little pretentious. Taylor, who won Canada's 2000 Journey Prize for his short fiction, tells a good story, creating plausible characters for this coming-of-age narrative and making a good start to a novelistic career. --Robyn Gillam, Amazon.ca --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I initially looked for this book after reading an enjoyable article by the author in "Cooking Light" magazine. After reading all of the reviews, I decided to purchase it. Read morePublished on January 16, 2011 by K. E. Little
...but some of its elements fiddle around a bit too much with the old taste buds.
The bulk of Taylor's first effort is assured, rich, with touches of flair you should... Read more
I have to agree with a previous reviewer that this is an odd book, and that makes it hard to rate. There are numerous flashbacks, and numerous side digressions into food... Read morePublished on July 24, 2006 by Fred Camfield
This novel features Jeremy Papier, a chef struggling with major financial problems, his father, "the Professor," an anthropologist writing about the schizophrenic of... Read morePublished on January 24, 2004 by Amazon Customer
I liked Taylor's style of building suspense by making you wonder what he is talking about...you have to read another few pages to find out, and by that time another element of the... Read morePublished on October 12, 2003 by Janet WHITE
Defnitely worth reading ... humanistic and delivers a great story while touching on important themes for all of us...Published on September 20, 2002 by Mc1844