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The Thing About Alice ySky winds filling with rain and the geese arriving time is just a made up thing and recedes in importance and shouldI can t imagine the circumstances that would allow TIME to loosen the choke hold around my neck I m always so conscious of time even the amount of time that I m taking to write this review and I ve TAKEN TOO MUCH It s hard going through life without killing someone Charley uartersRichard Ford is a lyrical writer You will be exposed to beautiful sparse prose Ifou have not read Richard Ford before I would still recommend reading The Sportswriter first although in my experience men tend to like that book better than women It is the book where I feel all his ideas about a self analysed life coalesce into perfect expression Others may have liked the first half of this book better than I did but the second half tugged at my own memories my own insecurities and even had me tearing up in a particular scene with his sister It made me appreciate the decisions that I ve made that have been mostly right and also respect the fact that one misstep could have landed me in circumstances that are less than ideal We are in some ways caretakers of the dreams of that 15 Un lieu incertain year old and that 25ear old and that 35 Starman The Truth Behind the Legend of Yuri Gagarin year old that resides in all of us I do wonder if I stood before a panel of my past selves would they be mortified or would they shrug and give me a tentative thumbs upIfou wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at I am starting to feel sorry for those who reside in backwater towns across either America or Canada There always seem to be an unjust stigma attached for no fault of their own as to how they go about leading their lives And Richard Ford has done what countless other writers have done before him with the followingThere is a dangerous individual who lives in a trailer outside of town The blinds are generally always down the interior looks like a grenade went off it s surrounded by junk and most often than not a rusty old flatbed truck minus the wheels sits alone half camouflaged by weeds and grass that has never seen a mower The individual has a six pack of beer cigarettes or drugs and a gun within a three feet radius at all times on the eye they don t First I ll tell about the robbery our parents committed Then about the murders which happened later That s the first two lines of the bookBeyond the vast ocean of Saskatchewanian wheat fields burrowed with the detritus of past lives and half lives a fifteen ear old boy is marooned on a forgotten prairie land with fugitives and transients like a scrap of driftwood or a windblown bone cracked bottle His surname is a mystery for twelve chapters it s released finally like a swift soft teardropFord s great AmericanCanadian novel is a coming of age adventure tale about realizing one s own identity through narrative memories and Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Ford s latest novel beginsFirst I ll tell about the robbery our parents committed Then about the murders which happened laterReally could anyone read those lines and not want to see what follows Ford gently but steadily builds tension from the opening sentence when we know murders are coming to the event itself In the meantime we come to care about our narrator Dell Parsons and have a rooting interest in how he will fare once it does Richard Fo Yaaawn I must say it is very well written and I could picture all the boring details and bleak scenes which seemed to go by at an excruciating belabored pace It was like watching a train wreck in super duper slow motion frame by frame Two train wrecks to be precise for this poor little slob of a main character This is one of those books that may actually translate into one of those acclaimed films which if it does I will then have wished that I had waited for the film to come out because it would have gone by much uicker The scenes are already described in so much detail that all ou would so much detail that all Edge of Chaos Sons of Chaos MC you would to do is look at them on the big screen and listen to this poor kid s narration much faster that wayBottom line Wait for the film to come out THEN pretend to like itPs I noticed that there is a box at the bottom to check to hide the review because of Spoilers I don t think Richard has to worry about that because he does it himself all the way through this book I kept reading because I thought there might be some wonderful shocking twist at the end of the story I could see the train coming toward our train and knew what the end of it would be but I just couldn t get off the track In Canada Richard Ford has written a long and contemplative story The book sleeve calls it a visionary novel of vast landscapes complex identities and fragile humanity which uestions the fine line between the normal and the extraordinary and the moments that haunt our settled view of the world A true description would be hard to find The opening sentences of the story are First I ll tellou about the robbery our parents committed Then about the murders which happened later How could Vol au-dessus d'un nid de coucou you fail to read on after that Dell Parsons is a sixty fiveear old teacher an I waited patiently for something to happen I was tired of hearing how short his Jewish mother was how tall his Alabama father was how he had a twin sister It finally did happen around 160 pages but fizzeled out again Came to near the end alittleI thought it was a real downerHad to convince myself to stick to it w the hope that the story might ingnite into interesting It was to stick to it the hope that the story might ingnite into something interesting It was with describing things which the author did over and overThe parents having financial difficulties decide to rob a bank They go to jail and the children end up being tossed into living on their own separatelyCharactersMother Neeva from Seattle Father Beverly from Alabama was in the Armed services sister Berner bother Dell last name Parsons They traveled around as their father was transferred to different basesBook was narrated by Dell. T lies on the other side of the border'Magnificent compassionate strangely languorous Ford’s genius at capturing human frailty and its pitiful disguises burns through this novel ★★★★★' Daily Telegraph'A masterpiece apowerfully human and profound novel that makes one sigh shudder and weep Here is greatness No doubt about it' Eileen Battersby Irish TimesA real king returns a story and a vision as sweeping as its landscapes Boyd Tonkin Independen. Assage onward What do The Summer I Wasn't Me you do whenour parents turn out to be bank robbersDell Parson s and his twin sister Berner age fifteen find themselves orphaned by the federal justice system after their parents make the fateful and unwise decision to rob the Agricultural National Bank in Creek North Dakota Despite being twins they are very different from one another in appearance and personality Nature doesn t rhyme her children Before the system can catch up with them and make them wards of the state Berner decides to strike out on her own for California and Dell is spirited away across the border into Canada to live with the brother of a friend of his mother This is the uick and dirty synopsis of the first half of the book I struggled with this part of the book and had a near crisis of faith in my veneration of the Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Richard Ford The second half was vintage Richard Ford My heart sang My head buzzed I inhaled pages and then turned back to inhale them again I had to go out on my back deck smile at the sky and breath a bit of oxygen heavy air to make sure my mind was working at maximum capacity to appreciate the final chapters of this book VINDICATIONBack in 1986 Vintage Books launched this concept of publishing really cutting edge literature in a trade paperback format They skipped releasing a hardcover edition of these books and never even considered a mass market paperback The idea was to eventually eliminate the other publishing formats It worked and it didn t work I was employed at Publisher s Book Outlet in a mall in Phoenix Arizona and we sold these books as fast as we could get them back in stock Richard Ford s The Sportswriter which I read with eyes wide open and an elevated heart rate was a book that I felt as if I was being spoon fed important life changing information Richard Russo s Mohawk was also part of the series and was another book that gave the reader a good thump to the head Russo also won the Pulitzer Prize in 2002 An editor at Vintage knew what they were doing when they signed these two guys up for this program I don t know if I can be objective about Richard Ford I ve had the pleasure of meeting him several times When his book Independence Day was released a follow up to The Sportswriter I was waiting with great anticipation for his arrival in San Francisco on tour My son had other plans He was born on the day of Ford s presentation One of my friends informed Richard Ford about this celebrated moment in my life and he signed and inscribed a book to my son The book resides in a bookshelf with a beautiful ornate glass door that had belonged to my grandmother where I keep all the most precious books in my collection Ford s eyes are crisp pale blue that don t look at Khaiye Aur Vajan Ghataiye you but look throughou I felt as if I didn t have to say a word and he could just gaze at me and write my biography Richard FordNow there was a moment in the lives of the twins parents that I wish happened to married couples often Sometimes we all get so crushed by monotony Our marriages tend to get whittled down to of a business arrangement than a relationship but there are these moments when we remember why we signed up for kids a mortgage and a soul sucking career I remember that night now as the best most natural time our family had that summer or any time Just for a moment I saw how life could go forward on a steadier reliable course The two of them were happy and comfortable with each other My father appreciated the way my mother behaved toward him He paid her compliments on her mother behaved toward him He paid her compliments on her and her appearance and her mood It was as if they d discovered something that had once been there but had gotten hidden or misunderstood or forgotten over time and they were charmed by it once and by one another Which seems only right and expectable for married people They caught a glimpse of the person they fell in love with and who sustained lifeSometimes we just hang on to the wrong memories of each other Saskatchewan Prairie where Dell found himself relocatedDell Parsons found himself in Canada living in a stucco house with holes bigger than rats in the walls that necessitated him creatively piling boxes of someone else s leftover memories against the walls to keep the weather at bay He was under the guidance of Arthur Remlinger a man long on charisma and haunted by shadowy moods He was colored by a violent past that chose that six weeks by shadowy moods He was colored by a violent past that chose that six weeks the life of Dell Parsons to come explosively to light Dell had to assimilate uickly I hadn t been taught to assimilate a person perhaps assimilated without knowing it I was doing it now You did it alone and not with others or for them And assimilating possibly wasn t so hard and risky and didn t need to be permanent This state of mind conferred another freedom on me and was like starting life over or as I ve already said becoming someone else but someone who was not stalled but moving which was the nature of things in the world I could like it or hate it but the world would change around me no matter how I feltRemlinger had an assistant named Charley uarters who claimed to be a member of the Metis tribe He was assigned to teach Dell to work which mainly involved unskilled labor like digging goose pits for hunters and carrying luggage up to rooms in the hotel Like Remlinger he was a man with a past and an unhealthy obsession with Hitler rouge Stalin mascara Mussolini and lipstick Needless to say he made Dell uneasy You always think ou know the worst thing But it s never the very worst thing Charley uartersDell while trying to decide a new course for his life discovered a new relationship with time Possibly being a town boy in town time matters so much and being suddenly set down in an empty place I didn t know among people I knew little about left me subject to the elemental forces that mimicked the experience I was undergoing and made it tolerable Against these forces an earth rotating a sun lowering its angle in the. A bank They weren’t reckless people but in an instant their actions alter fifteen ear old Dell’s sense of normal life forever In the days that follow he is saved before the authorities think to arrive Driving across Montana his life hurtles towards the unknown; a hotel in a deserted town the violent and enigmatic Arthur Remlinger and towards Canada itself But as Dell discovers in this new world of secrets and upheaval he is not the only one whose pas. ,


Canada Author Richard Ford