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Most Helpful Favorable Review

13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

Slow going but worth it

Bev Parsons and his wife Neeva are a mismatched pair. He is a smiling gregarious six-foot tall retired Air Force bombardier from the south. The daughter of Jewish immigrants, she is an intense and aloof diminutive school teacher. A hasty marriage due to an impending bir...
Bev Parsons and his wife Neeva are a mismatched pair. He is a smiling gregarious six-foot tall retired Air Force bombardier from the south. The daughter of Jewish immigrants, she is an intense and aloof diminutive school teacher. A hasty marriage due to an impending birth brings these two together, and an equally hasty decision to rob a bank tears the entire family apart leaving their fifteen year old twins Dell and Berner orphaned. Neeva, anticipating an impending arrest, had arranged for a co-worker to intercept the twins before they could be placed into the care of the state, but the two still spend a few days adrift. Berner decides to follow her own path. Dell is transported over the border and into Canada and the care of Arthur Remlinger. Remlinger is an expat American educated and ejected from Harvard whose outward demeanor fools few.

Told majestically from Dell’s perspective Canada is his story. He is an unremarkable fifteen year old who’s only wish is to start the coming school year by joining the chess club yet finds himself as far away from normal as possible. Dell survives to convey a life lived and suggests the means to get there.

Richard Ford has managed to bring the characters and the Canadian prairie to life. The story unfolds slowly with the introduction of the characters, but then the pages fly. I do have a few issues with the novel. It truly is a slow go for about 100 pages, and the ending did seem a bit rushed, but overall Ford paints pictures with words and the time spent was well worth the effort.

posted by libsue on July 12, 2012

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5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

While I wouldn't recommend it to a friend I am glad I read it.

While I wouldn't recommend it to a friend I am glad I read it. The writing is well done but it was very over-hyped. I hated the long story about the geese because I am an animal lover and if I hadn't pushed myself to page 100 I would never have finished it. There were...
While I wouldn't recommend it to a friend I am glad I read it. The writing is well done but it was very over-hyped. I hated the long story about the geese because I am an animal lover and if I hadn't pushed myself to page 100 I would never have finished it. There were occasional learning points but overall nothing I could recommend.

posted by Duffy52 on June 21, 2012

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  • Posted June 21, 2012

    While I wouldn't recommend it to a friend I am glad I read it.

    While I wouldn't recommend it to a friend I am glad I read it. The writing is well done but it was very over-hyped. I hated the long story about the geese because I am an animal lover and if I hadn't pushed myself to page 100 I would never have finished it. There were occasional learning points but overall nothing I could recommend.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2012

    Pace too slow

    This was my first and last Richard Ford book. BORING! The pace was dog slow, plot was absent, with a couple random bizarre incidents and character traits tossed in. I finished it only because it was my book group's pick. The sole redeeming quality of this sad tale was some of Dell's reflections sprinkled throughout the book.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    Just got bored with this book. Can't recommend it.

    Just got bored with this book. Can't recommend it.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    Can't recommend this book

    It was filled with promise, but halfway through the book it just didn't deliver. He is a wonderful writer, but CANADA isn't his best.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2012

    Almost a 1 star but I gave it a generous 2. I only bought this

    Almost a 1 star but I gave it a generous 2. I only bought this book because it is set in Great Falls, MT where I had lived for 8 years...that is only why I finished reading it. SPOILER. Twins have sex with each other. Dad sells tainted meat to the railroad. Mom and Dad rob a bank and are sent to jail. Twins split up and the boy goes to Canada and meets some real BORING people. The story ends in Minneapolis. What a waste of time and money to purchase this book. WARNING!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2012

    I would have to agree with his critics. Why I wasted my money o

    I would have to agree with his critics. Why I wasted my money on this pointless diatribe is beyond me.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    Disappointing

    Slow going through most of the book

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2014

    Yawn

    This book was a total bore the characters were poorly developed and just a waste of time to read. If you want a book to help you sleep at night be my guess but borrow before you buy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2013

    Skyler

    (( gtg for now bye! )) #$kYL€|2#

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    Had expected more

    Somewhat tedious

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    not as good as Ford's others

    I am not enjoying it as much as I did his other books. I am an avide reader and usually can't put a good book down. After 15 - 20 pages, I am ready for a change.

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  • Posted July 31, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Save your money. This book is quite "putdownable".

    Save your money. This book is quite "putdownable".

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 28, 2012

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