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Deloume Road [Kindle Edition]

Matthew Hooton
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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In the intense August heat, three local kids, Matthew, Andy and Josh, spend their time exploring the woods and secret places of Deloume Road and ignoring the ghostly boy Miles Ford, who's almost invisible anyway. Soon though, a chance discovery sets off a terrible sequence of events, forever entwining these young lives with that of Gerard Deloume, the town's long-dead founder...

Winner of the Guardian Not-The-Booker Prize and the Greene & Heaton Prize for Best Novel.

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"elegant... delicate meditation on the cyclical nature of history, and the strength of communities" -- Observer

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A mesmirising debut novel set in the remote beauty of Vancouver Island

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 437 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0307398145
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (31 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CUSB4K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #635,794 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible book 27 May 2010
The pace of this novel feels relaxed and slow - even dreamlike as it flits between the different characters and takes you face-to-face with the narrator, slowly building up a complete picture of the community - yet I couldn't stop reading it. The first thing that really grabs you is the style of the prose and how tangible it makes the world of Deloume Road seem - the smells and sounds and feel of the place - but it's the story itself that keeps you hooked as the different lives weave around each other. The story of the children, who take centre-stage in this novel, is perhaps the most addictive, at the same time chilling and yet also leaving you with an aching sense of nostalgia.
An incredible story, and one I would recommend to anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kids on Vancouver Island one summer 13 Jun. 2011
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This book tries to be atmospheric and to show rather than tell you about the various characters. However I desperately needed a map or something to keep it straight about who lived where on this road. It was made even more confusing as sometimes chapters were set in the past, with the present day character's ancestors. The main characters are four boys, two brothers one of whom has a learning disability, this is never defined. Then there is the older brother's friend, and the outsider boy who lives next door. It ends with a tragedy, which is hinted at throughout the book.
Unfortunately I found it hard to keep the character's straight, so found it hard to care. It left me with an overall curiosity as to whether the social services in Canada are truly this bad, because surely they should have intervened?
An okay read when you are stuck, but not really recommended by me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Road I'll travel again... 24 May 2010
Deloume Road is a Beautiful written book. It feels to read, like looking through old family photographs, at once nostalgic, melancholic and inspiring. The perfect Sunday afternoon escape from our all too hectic world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Things happen at the end of the world 9 Jun. 2011
By Both the Macs VINE VOICE
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Deloume Road is named after an early settler on Vancouver Island, who's sad little tale is told in short chapters throughout the book. The book is not about him at all, but about various people who live now, along the road. They all have different problems. Matthew, who has a mentally handicapped younger brother, Andy; The Butcher, who after many years of rearing pigs and running a small deli cannot understand why his wife and son have never come from Russia to join him; Al, whose pilot son is missing since flying back from Alaska; Irene, a Korean whose Korean/Canadian soldier husband was killed in the middle east leaving her lonely and pregnant; Miles, a scap dealer's son who is nearly invisible because he keeps himself hidden from the pain he experiences at home, and the pain caused by other children, who are quick to point out that he smells, that his clothes are old and that he is dirty. All these characters and more are woven together to form a sad story, an observation of what neighbours think of each other, how they interact, how kids can be cruel without every meaning to be. It is true to say that, as echoed on the back cover "Hooton's writing is consistantly alive with imagery". But even though I wanted to like this award winning tale, I couldn't seem to settle to it, and a book that should have been finished in a couple of days, took longer than I liked to complete. The reason for this is that a ploy I usually enjoy, that of having each chapter told by (or in this case about)a character, was spoilt by the shortness of the chapters. In fact, sometimes they are just a paragraph long, and I was constantly adjusting my thought processes to cope with that and it quickly irked me. I would have enjoyed the same story far more told in a different style.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Katharine Kirby TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I chose this book because I have family living on Vancouver Island and I love to read about it. Matthew Hooton grew up there. This, his debut novel, has received high praise. Deloume Road was awarded the inaugural Greene & Heaton Prize for the best novel to emerge from the Bath Spa MA in Creative Writing.

I, personally, found it challenging perhaps because of his innovative, fresh approach to novel writing. Frustratingly, it took me several runs at `Deloume Road' before I was able to get involved. The writing although vibrant and promising, appeared to be all over the place. I read the short, non-sequitur passages without anything much penetrating. My daughter gave up a third of the way in. The series of very brief mini chapters means it can be tricky to follow where you are being led. Each little vignette is headed by the name of a person, place, object, date etc. The jigsaw is more 1,000 pieces than 100.

The descriptive writing is wonderfully well done and yes the sad, hopeless story can be teased out from this. For me, though, the sheer weight of tiny detail more than threatened to stifle the shape of the tale and rendered the book near to unreadable. The crude horror - the darker side of farmyard life, is sickening. The feeling of dread is overwhelming; fear and misery pervade the over- written pages.

The large number of reviewers who really enjoyed it impresses me and so I recognise that I am in the minority.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still waters run very, very deep 13 Sept. 2011
By MisterHobgoblin TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Deloume Road is a masterpiece, but like those giant pictures that Rolf Harris used to paint, you can only really see what it is when it's finished.

We find a gentle Canadian community, semi-rural, just beyond the city's fringe on a road leading to nowhere. Just mountains and trees. The narrative is divided into different points of view for each of the main characters: four boys, a native artist and his wife, a war widow, a Ukrainian butcher, a mother, a grandfather and a middle-aged male busybody. What follows is a gentle, meandering tale of summer mischief, obsession with Bob Ford's junkyard and the glovebox of a run down car therein. A story of scrounging sausage from the butcher; looking after Andy, the slightly backward kid; playing down by the river. Al Henry, the native artist, tries to reconcile his wartime experience in Korea with the recently widowed Korean wife of a fallen soldier. There are so many threads, so delicately woven.

And in amongst this all, we have flashbacks to 1899, the demise of Gerald Deloume, the engineer who had cleared the land and ultimately hanged himself because he couldn't pay his men. This piece of ancient history - almost prehistory - is nevertheless so close that it had been passed down to some of the older men first hand from their grandparents. And then there are other sections, short and marked with a dragonfly symbol, with an unnamed narrator offering gentle descriptive passages. The significance of these sections is enormous, but is only clear after the very last page. In fact, it is only really clear then if the reader thumbs back and re-reads them.

Nature is everywhere and a recurring theme.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Well written but unexpected 'horror' offputting
I initially liked the way this was written - until I got to one particularly horrific description and had to put the book down because it was such a chilling image. Read more
Published on 20 Jan. 2012 by Mrs. Fiona Wilton
3.0 out of 5 stars An atypical coming-of-age
This coming-of-age story focuses on four boys, three of whom are close, and one who is on the outside of their social circle. Read more
Published on 16 Aug. 2011 by Littlepig Littlepig
4.0 out of 5 stars Far Away Summer
An evocation of those long Summer holidays you had as a child: hot sunshine, hard rain, playing in streams and pools in the woodland you explored as you venuted further from home. Read more
Published on 8 Aug. 2011 by M. J. Saxton
3.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing
I really didn't enjoy this book. In fact, I only finished it because I was reviewing it for the Amazon Vine programme, and felt I shouldn't just give up! Read more
Published on 25 July 2011 by A. Lucas
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, beguiling, horrifying
This is a minutely observed, lyrical and ultimately shocking story about four boys in a Canadian backwater one long, hot summer. Read more
Published on 12 July 2011 by M. Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars This story will come back to haunt you time and time again
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Set in a remote community on Vancouver Island during the month of August, it tells in short chapters,the stories of many of the members of that... Read more
Published on 2 July 2011 by Mrs. V. Bradley
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story revolves around the residents of Deloume Road on Vancouver Island. Read more
Published on 23 Jun. 2011 by Freckles
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good new writer
This novel has a patchwork quilt of characters, all based in a small community on Vancouver Island, at the dead-end of Deloume Road. Read more
Published on 17 Jun. 2011 by Mr. M Errington
4.0 out of 5 stars Shows great promise
Full of haunting melancholy and lush description, the first novel from this author shows great promise. Read more
Published on 17 Jun. 2011 by FictionFan
5.0 out of 5 stars A variety of characters
This is quite a difficult book to review or explain. There are a number of plots and subplots, and these meander through the book, coming and going. Read more
Published on 11 Jun. 2011 by R. Lawson
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