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Red Dog, Red Dog by [Lane, Patrick]
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“Patrick Lane’s Red Dog, Red Dog is a tale of blood, loyalty and redemption. The novel centers on Eddy and Tom Stark, two brothers struggling with their hardscrabble inheritance in the Okanagan Valley. Theirs is a fiercely unforgiving world, and, for the reader, an unforgettable one. The strength of Lane’s perfectly cadenced prose may bring to mind Faulkner, Cormac McCarthy and, inevitably, The Bible. There is a deep wisdom in this book and I cannot recommend it highly enough.”
— Richard Bachman, A Different Drummer Books

“Lane’s exquisite craftsmanship is on display… particularly his unerring instinct for images that wound and enlighten in equal measure.”
Globe and Mail

“The violence and anger [are] matched only by the sublime radiance of the prose…. While the novel is of a time and place, its significance is universal.”
Victoria Times Colonist

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About the Author

Patrick Lane has received numerous awards for his writing, including the Governor General’s Award for Poetry. His acclaimed memoir, There Is a Season, won the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence and the inaugural British Columbia Award for Canadian Non-fiction. Lane lives near Victoria, B.C. Red Dog, Red Dog is his debut novel.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 725 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (March 20, 2010)
  • Publication Date: April 13, 2010
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003D87Q1M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,765,776 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Friederike Knabe VINE VOICE on October 17, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
"...where a bone cage could last a thousand years under the moon [...] The hills rose parched from the still lakes, the mountains beyond them faded to a mauve so pale they seemed stones under ice." There can be vibrant beauty in harsh, sparse, desert-like landscapes, so much better suited to animals than to human beings. Evoking its atmosphere through achingly beautiful flowing lyrical language, depicting its intricate details, award winning Canadian poet and author Patrick Lane captures the essence of the atypical landscape of the northern edge of the Great Plains in Canada. Contrasting environment with the bleak reality of life for the people who inhabit this wild and unforgiving land, Lane has created a powerful, thought-provoking and at times challenging and unsettling novel.

Set in 1958 in a small remote community in the southern Okanagan region, the story centres on the two Stark brothers, their family and a group of friends, enemies and neighbours. While the actual events take place in the space of a week, the narrative moves in flashbacks to previous generations and the early settler years. After roaming through the Prairies since his early teenage years in search of work, whether as a farm hand, in mills or as day labourer, Father Elmer Stark has settled his family here in a place of "even more desolate towns that turned into villages, villages into clusters of trailers and isolated shacks in the trees, nothing beyond that bush that ran clear to the tundra." The people, carrying the inherited burden of poverty and misery are still suffering from the late fallout of the Depression in that region. In their struggle to make ends meet they easily turn to violence, alcohol and drugs, petty and major crimes.
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A Book Review

Red Dog Red Dog
by Patrick Lane

It amazes me. Settlers crossing North America in the 1800's.

The hardships they had to endure. Covered wagons, hostile Indians, winter. Food. Eating their dogs.

Hard to believe, in this day and age just how large North America really was.
To cross the continent, the trip took months.
People were totally ignorant of the dangers and just weren't prepared for such a journey.

The story opens in the middle of the Saskatchewan prairies, with just such settlers, the death of a baby girl, who only lived for seven days.
These were hard and enduring times, the lawlessness, the hunger. Unwanted births. It's hard to imagine.

Generations later, the story turns to, two Stark brothers, Tom and Eddy, opposites. The year 1958, the place - the Okanagan Valley.

This novel is very black. There is no happiness to be had on any page and believe me I was hoping to find some just to relieve the agony I felt. The careless disregard for anything living. No matter human or...

If you're a dog lover don't read this book. Describes dog husbandry for profit and fighting extensively.

I have to remember it's only a book. That was then this is now. We've come along way baby, just in compassion alone. Then you occasionally hear stories of people like Michael Vick and this is 2013 not 1958 when it was more common.

Patrick Lane has a style his own, maybe a little flowery with his descriptions but very believable characters and in your face situations. Abuse, incest, rape, murder all in one book.

I enjoyed this book. It was a real down to earth history lesson.
I give it two thumbs up, reluctantly, because it was a good read.
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This book was a good read but it was predictable and the ending was too obscure. Characterization was well thought out.
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