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Download å Canada Author Richard Ford 102 Þ Θα µιλήσω πρώτα για τη ληστεία που διέπραξαν οι γονείς µας Στη συνέχεια για τους φόνους που έγιναν αργότερα Το πιο σηµαντικό είναι η ληστεία γιατί αυτή έκανε τη ζω?ου Ντελ αποφάσισαν να ληστέψουν µια τράπεζα οφείλεται περισσότερο σε αστοχία του ενστίκτου τους και σε κακοτυχίαΜετά τη σύλληψή τους ο δεκαπεντάχρονος Ντελ σώζεται από µια οικογενειακή φίλη πριν καταφτάσουν οι αρµόδιες αρχές Κι η ζωή του θα κατευθυνθεί µε ταχύτητα προς το άγνωστο προς τον βίαιο και αινιγµατικό Άρθουρ Ρέµλινγκερ προς τον Καναδά γη της λύτρωσης και της εγκατάλειψηςΟ Καναδάς είναι ένα µυθιστόρηµα για τις αχανείς εκτάσεις τις περίπλοκες αυτότητες και την εύθραυστη ανθρωπιά ένα έργο που εξετάζει τη λεπτή διαχωριστική γραµµή ανάµεσα στο φυσιολογικό και στο ανοίκειο καθώς κι εκείνες τις περιστάσεις που υπονοµεύουν τις παγιωµένες απόψεις µας για τον κόσµ. 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 tell you about the robbery our parents committed Then about the murders which happened later” How could you fail to read on after that Dell Parsons is a sixty five year old teacher; an American living in Canada who is looking back at the year 1960 when he was fifteen He and his twin sister Berner are “air force brats” their father Bev a southerner flew in that final bombing of Japan and the family are now stationed in Great Falls Montana Neeva their mother is an educated artistic Jewish school teacher often at odds with her husband and who keeps her children from assimilating in Great Falls So Dell's life so far has been lonely he is introspective has no friends and finds himself mainly waiting and anticipating Bev is restless newly decommissioned and soon involves himself in illegal activities When Bev and Neeva rob a bank and are apprehended the twins separate; Berner heads for California and Dell flees to Canada to avoid being taken into state care Here in the deserted and inhospitable Fort Royal near the USCanadian border he finds himself under the care of Arthur Remlinger an enigmatic secretive hotel owner; a man with a shadowy past who eventually involves Dell in an illegal and shocking incident Dell is thrust into a life he never imagined; living alone in a run down shack working for Arthur digging goose pits for hunters with Charley a member of the Metis people who personally has a penchant for Hitler and Mussolini and who wears mascara and rouge In the bleak Canadian landscape Dell's true essence of character will emerge as he is forced into adulthood in harsh and unlovely circumstances Ford builds a story of slow gentle anticipatory tone ; his pace is subtle he never hurries; almost forcing the reader to adjust their own pace to suit the story There is a wonderful symmetry between the physical location and the character aspect; the vast open prairies of Canada reflect the open canvas of the young Dell's nature His writing is beautiful evocative and compelling with a clear and pure sparsity; it did remind me of Ernest Hemingway to whom Ford has been likened The depth of character and location also made me think of Richard Russo although there is no evidence of Richard Russo’s trademark humour here I have the strongest feeling that Ford will become one of my favourite authors If you are looking for a breathless exciting novel then this will not be for you But if you want a novel of fine literary fiction then this will be one you will enjoy Richard Ford will be the measure of the truly serious reader and Canada will not disappoint 45★

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Θα µιλήσω πρώτα για τη ληστεία που διέπραξαν οι γονείς µας Στη συνέχεια για τους φόνους που έγιναν αργότερα Το πιο σηµαντικό είναι η ληστεία γιατί αυτή έκανε τη ζωή µου καθώς και τη ζωή της αδελφής µου να πάρουν τον δρόµο που τελικά πήραν Αν δεν ειπωθεί αυτό πρώτα τα υπόλοιπα δεν θα βγάζουν νόηµαΟι γονείς µας ήταν οι τελευταίοι άνθρωποι που θα περίµενε κανείς να ληστέψουν µια τράπεζα Ούτε αλλόκοτοι άνθρωποι ήταν ούτε εµφανώς εγκληµατίες Κανένας δε θα μπορούσε να φανταστεί ότι θα κατέληγαν έτσι όπως κατέληξαν Ήταν δυο συνηθισµένοι τύποι – αν και από τη στιγµή που λήστεψαν την τράπεζα αυτού του είδους η αντιµετώπιση δεν είχε φυσικά κανένα αντίκρισµα πιαΤο 1956 η οικογένεια ?. ”The world doesn’t usually think about bank robbers as having children though plenty must But the children’s story which mine and my sister’s is is ours to weigh and apportion and judge as we see it Years later in college I read that the great critic Ruskin wrote that composition is the arrangement of uneual things Which means it’s for the composer to determine what’s eual to what and what matters and what can be set to the side of life’s hurtling passage onward” What do you do when your 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 you but look through you 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 clothes 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 in 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 you 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 sky 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 If you 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 year old and that 25 year old and that 35 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 upIf you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

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Canada Author Richard Fo?ου Ντελ Πάρσονς εγκαθίσταται στο Γκρέιτ Φολς της Μοντάνα όπως έκαναν πολλές οικογένειες στρατιωτικών µετά τη λήξη του πολέµου Ο πατέρας του ο Μπεβ είναι ένας γεροδεµένος οµιλητικός άντρας αξιωµατικός της αεροπορίας µε καταγωγή από την Αλαµπάµα αισιόδοξος από τη φύση του και επιρρεπής στις απάτες Ο Ντελ και η δίδυµη αδελφή του η Μπέρνερ µπορούν εύκολα να αντιληφθούν τι ήταν αυτό που γοήτευσε τη µητέρα τους Ωστόσο η µητέρα τους η Νίβα που κατάγεται από οικογένεια µορφωµένων Εβραίων µεταναστών είναι µια συνεσταλµένη καλλιτεχνική φύση αποξενωµένη από τον επαρχιώτικο κόσµο του πατέρα τους µε τα στενεµένα οικονοµικά και τις συνεχείς µετακινήσεις Tο γεγονός ότι οι γονείς ?. 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 you would have 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