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The earth moved,
This review is from: Canada (Paperback)
Better reviewers than I have given chapter and verse on this book. I can only tell you that I have come late in life to Richard Ford and feel as if I have struck oil.
Canada has made a greater impression on me than probably any book since We Need to Talk About Kevin, and yet they are so different. Canada doesn't shock; indeed I find it hard to explain what it does do other than to tell would-be readers that it has a hynoptic quality that means you never want it to end, even as you sit up nights devouring each page. The writing style is modest, the plot minimal, some of the characters a tad fantastic, but the sum is so much more than the total of the parts. I love this book, I love Richard Ford and I love the thought that I now have his entire back catalogue to look forward to. Life is sweet.
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Initial post: 15 Dec 2013 12:45:32 GMT
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D Cowie says:
What lovely review, I feel just the same way, even though I have been reading his books for a while but not read Canada yet. I could read each page of his books again and again. Such a nice review to encapsulate how deeply satisfying a Richard Ford book is.
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Dec 2013 13:11:00 GMT
Penelope Simpson says:
How lovely of you to say so. Richard Ford is quite a difficult author - I have recommended him to people who have not enjoyed his work, but for other it is pure gold. Have you read A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley? Astonishing book.
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