“Started as a 4 and degraded to 3. Interesting that Ford reveals up front the most shocking of plot details.Served as impetus to keep reading. Lots of flailing away in Part 2 as if restatement needed to convince reader. Felt the absence of Berner, the most poignant piece of novel being when she re-enters the story. Strange authorial choices (for this reader). Will try his earlier works.”tishiejean wrote this review Thursday, March 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Melancholy that is how I felt after reading Canada. This is not a fly by night, grabs you by the seat of your pants or light beach read. This is a profound, deeply intense, serious and deep book. Be prepared to think. At times I shut the book and thought about what I had read. I can't say it was entertaining or that enjoyable but it was thought provoking and contemplative. I will look for more of Richard Ford's writings.”robin s wrote this review Thursday, March 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“very interesting book with bits of humor in part one.”Sally H wrote this review Wednesday, March 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ 4 stars instead of 5 because I didn't think the character of the enigmatic Arthur Remlinger was substantially developed. The murders and the events leading to didn't fully connect for me, leaving the conclusion somewhat lacking. However, the writing is amazing and most of the other characters were deeply explored.”Darla wrote this review Sunday, March 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Dit schijn ik met spoed (Jan Donkers) te moeten gaan lezen. Is aangeschaft en zal dezer dagen dus worden opengeslagen. Even druk met ander werk.
Veel later: boek is uit en het is zonder overdrijving superieur. Ook de wonderbaarlijke lot- en plotwendingen (Deus Ex Machina-achtige draai) aan het eind van het boek doen hier niets aan af. Voor Ford is ook het landschap een karakter, nevengeschikt aan de overige protagonisten en zo getekend dat je je op de Canadese prairies kunt wanen. Veel te lang laten liggen dus.”
“Well-written book that has the parents of a set of twins caught after they rob a bank. Although only 15 when their parents go to jail, the twins go there own ways. The story follows the boy, Dell into Canada where he experiences more bizarre events.
Ford's writing is lyrical and mesmerizing.”
“This is a drifty, quiet sort of book with several intriguing characters. There is a lot of internal monologue, which I enjoyed, since I liked the main character.
"Canada" is sort of a study in passivity. Many things happen TO the young man who is chronicled. He does have responses, inside, but seems powerless to affect the tide. He just rides it.
I found it interesting. It seems to me that several of the characters could have had novels of their own.”
“Only read 2/3.”Ginny B wrote this review Monday, February 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is my first Richard Ford novel and I quite enjoyed his writing. Very evocative of place and the voice of the fifteen year old boy rang true. Can certainly see it as a movie.”Heather B wrote this review Sunday, February 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No