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"A Criminal Magic" by Lee Kelly
THE NIGHT CIRCUS meets THE PEAKY BLINDERS in Lee Kelly's new magical realism, crossover novel and casts a spell of magic, high stakes and intrigue against the backdrop of a very different Roaring Twenties. Learn more
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I bought this book because I remember Bill Matheson as the weather guy on TV and as the co-host of a long running radio talk show. I enjoyed his broadcasts and thought that I might also enjoy the book. My expectations were not high. It was a first book, written long ago and never published. How good could it be?
As it turns out, pretty good. The writing is crisp and the characters resonably convincing, especially as we get to know them better. There is little in the way of a plot. Each chapter is pretty much an anecdote about life in a very small, very northern, very isolated village and is almost always amusing and sometimes, especially toward the end, laugh out loud funny. Be warned however, that the book contains adult situations, nudity and some possibly politically incorrect material that might have been more acceptable when the book was written than it is now.
This is the fictional story of a northern Canadian settlement along the Mackenzie River and some of its one hundred or so inhabitants and their interactions mostly through the eyes of a meteorologist Jerome Goeff. Jerome has been sent as a punishment to (fictional) Fort Poontuk to gather data about weather to relay back to Edmonton after being caught in an romantic situation that displeases his superior. What Jerome finds at this isolated community is anything but boring weather statistics. The very nature and diversity of the people Jerome encounters brings his mind from the tethers of meteorology into a world of colourful, eccentric characters that create what has to be one of the funniest books I have read in awhile. I think of this book as Coppermine or Dangerous River by Keith Leckie and R.M. Patterson respectively, meeting the Monty Pythons Flying Circus. Not a great anaogy but how I see it at times in the story.
This story takes place in 1947 and the Canadian north has drawn in people from all walks of life looking for their niche shortly after the war has ended and possibly the far reaches of the wilderness beckons them. This hodge-podge group and all the sad and humourous antics they catalyze in daily life including Jerome create such situations this reader found it hard to put down the book. Just as a side note, have a decent dictionary handy as the author makes good use of some discriptive words not commonly seen, at least in my readings.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you enjoy reading about the north you'll like this. I remember Bill Matheson so I wanted to read this and enjoyed it for the most part. Party time in the north.Published on June 17, 2013 by Gloria Krenbrenk
Was very dissapointed thought it would be by a biography. Found the langage aloy more rough and didnot really get the east of the book. Loved Bill as a weatherman thoughPublished on May 29, 2013 by Norma
I listened to the author for years on his radio show in edmonton for many years. The book is well written and has interesting insight into northern lifePublished on March 1, 2013 by Norman
A quick read however burdened by little-used phrases and words. Plausible, maybe: probable, not really. Not really good fiction either.Published on February 18, 2013 by Verne Eskildsen