story was too slow and didn't take us where we wanted to go with it
Jeff Shara's new WW II novel
I don't follow narrators.
we needed more reason to care about these characters than we got. very little humanity until the final scenes with the sister.
I was just disappointed overall. I didn't like any of the characters enough.
Richard Ford has created an amazing interior world in "Canada." His protagonist, a fifteen year old, feels completely credible -- a boy abandoned to the inside of his head by family events far out of his control. His voice struck me as both riveting AND convincing, despite the fact that he describes his universe in prose far beyond what any 15 year old would use. I also loved Ford's ability to describe the North American West of the 1950's and 1960's with piercing accuracy -- forming scenes as vivid as those of Annie Proulx or Ivan Doig.
The narrator, Holter Graham, sounds real, as if he were a young & bewildered boy much like the main character. His speaking voice was able to convey the rhythm of Ford's words in a seemingly effortless manner. No overacting, no dramatizing -- just a highly skilled reading.
So your parents are bank robbers; okay, an interesting starting point. But not enough to create a story around - at least not in this book. The listener is expected to believe that the boy can remember the minutest details after 50 years. And then the details don't add up to anything. The only reason I listened to the whole book is because the reader is good and keeps you hoping something interesting is around the corner. But there is not.
shorten the stream of consciousness descriptions
limited the 16 year old's obsessive dwelling over and over on thoughts
An enjoyable book but too long and tedious.
Interesting idea. So much foreshadowing. The author tells you time and time again what is going to happen so there's no surprise when anything does actually happen.
I can't compare since I did not read, only listened. However, the reader did a great job; I really did not want this to end. What a great story, beautifully written and an excellent reader. I intend to read more of Ford's work.
Making it interesting.
Don't make the boys voice so weird.
SOOOOOOOOOO slow and totally boring. Don't do it!!
Good story with characters you care about whether or not you like them. It had some twists that I didn't expect which kept my interest. The main character holds his emotions in close check so it felt at times as if he was narrating someone else's story. It was his survival mechanism and was well used in this story.
The first lines of this book show us the “before and after” of an event which changed and vastly influenced the life of Dell Parsons, and his twin sister, Berner. "First, I'll tell about the robbery our parents committed. Then about the murders, which happened later." When the twins are fifteen, their parents, (immature and dysfunctional adults at the best of times) got the brilliant idea to rob a bank in a small town in order to get them out of debts to some dangerous people. The twins, who know nothing about this until after it happens, are abandoned as the parents are taken off to jail and ultimately convicted. Their mother did ask a friend to help them. Berner didn’t wait around for help but took herself off to San Francisco, but Dell was taken by this friend to Canada to live with her brother. He turned out to be a violent man who committed murder to rid himself of people coming to arrest him, and from there Dell’s life changes for the better. This is a haunting and well written story about events which happen, over which very young teenagers have no control, and how they each dealt with those events through the rest of their lives. It’s an excellent book.
Yes. But not until I digest it; I'll be thinking about this book for months. Then I'll listen again.
The Last Child and A Place More Kind than Home. All are about boys and the terrible things that happen to them that most people they meet will never know about.
Del (the main character) alone after his parents are taken away to jail.
Del, of course. We have a lot in common.
This is a gripping, powerful story that's also philosophically and psychologically profound. And extremely well written and performed. I hate that it ended.