- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; Export/Airside edition (7 May 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408844672
- ISBN-13: 978-1408844670
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.1 x 23.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,504,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wilson's world is dangerous and unpredictable, and his writing has a terrific, understated force The Times Wilson's voice is distinctive, confident and completely enthralling Geoff Dyer Wilson attains such effortless pathos and insight [and] leaves an unforgettable mark in his sublimely judged depiction of boys and men The Sunday Times D W Wilson takes his place with other North American writers such as David Vann and Daniel Woodrell in eking out savage grace and empathy through muscular prose and the desperate circumstances of his characters Sunday Herald Ambitious . A series of beautifully observed moments . The tone is one of country logic and manly simplicity -- Nathan Deuel Times Literary Supplement
"Wilson's world is dangerous and unpredictable, and his writing has a terrific, understated force." (The Times)
"Wilson attains such effortless pathos and insight [and] leaves an unforgettable mark in his sublimely judged depiction of boys and men." (The Sunday Times)
"[The] much-lauded Canadian became the youngest ever winner of the BBC National Short Story competition in 2011 ... Picked up ecstatic reviews last year and expectations are high for Ballistics." (Metro)
"D W Wilson takes his place with other North American writers such as David Vann and Daniel Woodrell in eking out savage grace and empathy through muscular prose and the desperate circumstances of his characters." (The Sunday Herald Sun)
"Wilson's voice is distinctive, confident and completely enthralling." (Geoff Dyer) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
I did like the book though - there's a good story at the heart of it - and I'd still pick up whatever else Wilson writes.
The setting was atmospheric and while the communication between the characters was on occasion frustratingly poor, this was extremely realistic. I did find the chopping and changing between narrators (Alan and Archer) a little rapid and unclear on occasion, and was a little put out at the ending (while there are clues as to the ultimate outcomes a couple of chapters prior to the end, it actually stops fairly abruptly and without true resolution). Overall I enjoyed the story, and felt that it evoked the spirit of the time well. A good read.
This is a very rugged and masculine book set in a small-town Canadian community where men bond and compete and fight over women while hunting, shooting and fishing. It's an enjoyable read with a kind of elemental, almost mythic, feel to it but it does tip over into the slightly over-wrought at times. Everyone here has been shot, burned, knifed, and carries the scars both internally and externally. Women have a presence in the story but principally as conduits through which men can compete and fight each other, or for whom they can take revenge and enact retribution.
At its heart are the three generations of the West family, Cecil, Jack and Alan: Cecil hasn't seen his son Jack for almost 30 years, and sends Alan, his grandson, on a quest to find him. Led to Archer Cole, whose own story is intimately bound up with that of the Wests, Alan sets out to track down his father - and his own family history.
This is nicely written with a spare feel to it though it occasionally over-stretches itself into incoherency: `Colton's mouth drew in and sucked air from the meniscus of his coffee' - eh?, and someone's head `pendulumed' across his chest, rather than merely swing, while elsewhere a woman's body is described with its `moghuls of ribs'. It also troubled me a little that Archer's and Alan's narratives are written with the same voice - even though one is a 70-something Vietnam veteran while the other is a 27 year old PhD student writing a Philosophy thesis - I would expect them to sound different and here they don't.
So this has some flaws in technique but makes up for them in emotional resonance and story-telling. Full of men who befriend, betray and only sometimes forgive each other, this is an engrossing if hyper-masculine read.
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Superb descriptions of the rugged landscape and the men who live there. Quite a lot of fighting which replaces talk all too often in the world portrayed. Read morePublished 13 months ago by bookworm8
a fantastic novel ..robust and rugged in its graft .eloquent to say the least.a triumph of the kootenay spirit..excellent prose .hope he writes morePublished 16 months ago by max
I just found for whatever reason I could just not get into this novel. I normally persevere to the end, but gave this one up fairly early on. Read morePublished on 23 Jun. 2014 by Sandford
DW Wilson's debut novel follows Alan West, a young man on a mission through rural Canada to find Jack, the father he never knew. Read morePublished on 6 Dec. 2013 by Andrew Sutherland
The story of `Ballistics' is told via various chapters and sub-divisions of chapters by Alan in the first person, or it describes in the third person the situation relating to his... Read morePublished on 15 Nov. 2013 by D. Elliott
Young man goes to seek his long-lost parents in rural Canada when grandfather has heart attack. That's over-simplifying things, but basically is what there is here. Read morePublished on 15 Sept. 2013 by Jeff
A dramatic background with the Rockies ablaze, mass evacuations as the inferno approaches.
Stricken eighty-two year old Gramps wants grandson Alan to track down long... Read more
If you like writers like Raymond Carver and Richard Ford the chances are you will enjoy this first novel by acclaimed short story writer D.W.Wilson. Read morePublished on 31 Aug. 2013 by J. H. Bretts