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Canada (Anglais) Relié – 7 juin 2012

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'A vast, magnificent canvas. This is one of the first great novels of the 21st century' -- John Banville, Sunday Telegraph

'Astonishing ... Reviewers will be quick to proclaim that Richard Ford has written a great American novel, another masterpiece, and he most emphatically has. Canada is his finest work to date ... A powerfully human and profound novel that makes one sigh, shudder and weep. Here is greatness. No doubt about it' -- Eileen Battersby, Irish Times

'Ford is possessed of a writer's greatest gifts ... Pure vocal grace, quiet humor, precise and calm observation ... Ford's language is of the cracked, open spaces and their corresponding places within' -- Lorrie Moore, New Yorker

'One of the wonderful things about Richard Ford is that he can make people who do outlandish things, such as rob banks, seem almost normal ... Ford is superb at suspense ... This is a book about dysfunctional lives in a North America that existed half a century ago - it sometimes has the feel of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. What a backdrop - you feel as if anything might happen here ... This is a story about adolescence, about crime, about broken families, and about trying to escape. It's very engaging, and in the end, quite sad' -- William Leith, Evening Standard

'His most elegiac and profound book yet ... Marilynne Robinson (without the theology) and Cormac McCarthy (without the gore)' -- Washington Post

'A real king returns ... a story, and a vision, as sweeping as its landscapes' --Boyd Tonkin, Independent

'A rather brilliant realisation of our particular voice ... a brilliant piece of work' -- Pat Kane on BBC Radio 4 Saturday Review

'His books will save you' -- GQ

'A scrupulously rendered coming-of-age story' -- Anthony Cummins, Sunday Telegraph

'The strength of the book is Ford's examination of flawed fatherhood, of the failures that push Dell into an uneasy maturity, one that allows him to achieve what remains the modest but profound goal of Ford's fiction: simply, to make a life ... his coda is as precise and measured as anything he has conjured before. The end, like a piece of origami, could fold right into the beginning of Ford's greatest novel, The Sportswriter. The sombre and gorgeous final two thirds of Canada rest next to Ford's best fiction' -- Craig Taylor, The Times

'A true master of the modern American novel' --Independent

'Richard Ford's arresting new novel is - on one level - an intriguing variation on this American Childhood Gets Derailed theme ... as this highly original voice begins to take hold, you find yourself drawn into Ford's uneasy, ever-skewed, narrative world. It's a world which speaks volumes about the reclusiveness and violence at the heart of the American experience - which, like the solitary terrain, engulfs those who try to find a sense of self or meaning amid its hard-scrabble vacuity. Audacious in its narrative technique (observes Ford's frequent use of short chapters, his varied pacing, the way he never rushes any plot points, and allows the story to unfold in its own enigmatic way), Canada both grips and haunts' -- Douglas Kennedy, Independent

'As opening lines go, they're corkers. The rest of the novel is quieter than you'd imagine but it amply fulfils their promise ... The result is prose so sonorous in its melancholy insightfulness that you'll want to linger over each sentence. Meanwhile, the story itself - a tale of what happens when uncrossable lines are crossed - will have you turning its pages ever faster' -- Daily Mail

'Although its subjects are disarray and bewilderment, there is barely a dishevelled sentence in this awesomely calm book ... Canada is soaked in a subtle sadness, then, born of the foreknowledge of error and loss, and reading it isn't always easy. But we persist despite ourselves, because of the beckoning fluency of Ford's prose and the painful sharpness of his insights ... Ford has always been a clarifier, slowly making lucid the lines of the everyday. Canada is perhaps his most transparent novel yet: shorn of tricks, sparse and expansive as the plains on which it is set ... By looking "straight at things", Ford has written another novel about the fine lines that separate the humdrum and the calamitous, and about those schisms of existence that can be anticipated only in retrospect' -- Sunday Times

'***** A superb stand-alone novel from Richard Ford' -- Metro

'Ford really excels in his virtuoso command of narrative suspense ... each part of Canada is superb in its own way ... [Ford is] a serious artist' --New York Review of Books

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First, I'll tell about the robbery our parents committed. Then the murders, which happened later.

In 1956, Dell Parsons' family came to a stop in Great Falls, Montana, the way many military families did following the war. His father, Bev, was a talkative, plank-shouldered man, an airman from Alabama with an optimistic and easy-scheming nature. Dell and his twin sister, Berner, could easily see why their mother might have been attracted to him. But their mother Neeva - from an educated, immigrant, Jewish family - was shy, artistic and alienated from their father's small-town world of money scrapes and living on-the-fly. It was more bad instincts and bad luck that Dell's parents decided to rob the bank. They weren't reckless people.

In the days following the arrest, Dell is saved by a family friend before the authorities think to arrive. Driving across the Montana border into Saskatchewan his life hurtles towards the unknown, towards a hotel in a deserted town, towards the violent and enigmatic American Arthur Remlinger, and towards Canada itself - a landscape of rescue and abandonment. But as Dell discovers, in this new world of secrets and upheaval, he is not the only one whose own past lies on the other side of a border.

In Canada, Richard Ford has created a masterpiece. A visionary novel of vast landscapes, complex identities and fragile humanity. It questions the fine line between the normal and the extraordinary, and the moments that haunt our settled view of the world.

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Par Gail Cooke TOP 1000 COMMENTATEURS le 29 mai 2012
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It's been almost six years since the world has heard from Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Ford (Independence Day), but it has been very much worth the wait for Canada is a powerful, keenly wrought coming-of-age tale fraught with mistakes, misdemeanors and hard learned lessons.

For starters, the opening is a grabber: "First, I'll tell you about the robbery our parents committed, Then about the murders, which happened later. The robbery is the mist important part..." These are the words of Dell Parsons now a 66-year-old high school English teacher remembering 1960 when his life along with his twin sister's were thrown into turmoil.

Their parents were an unlikely couple. Father, Bev, was outgoing, garrulous, optimistic, given to a series of poor judgments. Their mother, Neeva, was Jewish, an academician, whose hopes of becoming a poet were thwarted by an early marriage and the birth of twins very soon thereafter. Bev had been in the Air Force and the family now lived in Great Falls, Montana where Dell hoped to attend high school The teenagers had never had friends as Neeva hadn't welcomed people into any of their homes and disdainfully viewed the other Air Force families.

Now, finding his Air Force pension and Neeva's school teaching salary inadequate Bev sets out to earn extra money, first selling cars then used cars and finally becoming in a meat scam with local Indians. When that goes awry he and Neeva decide to rob a bank. When they are captured and imprisoned Dell and sister Berner are left high and dry. Berner opts to run away to California and Dell is smuggled across the border into Canada by a friend of his mother.
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Écrit en mode subjectif, le roman nous compte l'histoire d'un jeune homme de quinze ans dont la vie bascule lorsque ses parents sont jetés en prison pour avoir attaqué une banque. Envoyé au Canada pour échapper aux services de l'état, il doit trouver sa place dans un monde inconnu. Bien qu'on y relate une attaque de banque et des meurtres, vous ne trouverez rien qui ressemble à un roman policier mais plutôt les fils qui relient nos vies au monde, à l'espace et au temps. A lire !
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à lire.. un style simple, des descriptions qui donnent envie d'aller au Canada à la chasse aux oies...une histoire originale.. pas de scènes torrides ..ouf..
l'histoire d'un enfant entouré d'adultes inconscients ou pervers.
allez, un léger reproche....un peu trop de propos philosophiques sur la fin...
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ce livre encensé par la critique est décevant, j'y ai trouvé des longueurs et pour moi ce n'est pas le meilleur Richard Ford. Je suis allée jusqu'au bout de ma lecture mais même la fin ne m'a pas fait changé d'avis.
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Par baybiel le 10 novembre 2013
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Richard Ford has produced a "bestseller" yet I was disappointed after having read 'So long, See you tomorrow!' from which he said he was inspired.
Obviously I should have read this short novel by Maxwell after. Maxwell work is a masterpiece: gripping, beautifully written, this story creates an ambiance that brings you in the far away life of unknown America.
"Canada" unfortunately reads as a slow and amplified copy of "So long, See you tomorrow."
Worth reading both, but start with "Canada" ; yet make sure you read 'So long See you tomorrow after; you will not be disappointed.
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Vraiment terriblement décevant... Je me suis forcée à persévérer jusqu'aux dernières pages. Que de longueurs ! Que de redondances ! Que de passages strictement insipides ! Ce livre gagnerait à être condensé. Quelques coupes claires et un produit final de 200 pages peuvent donner une oeuvre de plus grande valeur sans doute.
Quant au style, comment ne pas être abasourdi par les critiques élogieuses alors que les fautes de grammaire, de syntaxe, les maladresses sont les seules choses qui viennent "agrémenter" une platitude soporifique ?
Je fais référence à la version originale en anglais et me suis bien souvent demandé comment les traducteurs s'y sont pris.
"Deux étoiles" me semble à la réflexion une note bien généreuse...
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Richard Ford kept me turning the pages. A remarkable achievement, considering the fact that this book describes a family of losers headed toward disaster. From the very first pages, the story unfolds like an ancient Greek tragedy; the reader is aware that things are going to go badly wrong. But even then, you read on, a bit like watching Titanic: maybe the ship won't hit the iceberg after all! And of course, it does, This family breaks up under horrific circumstances. The two 15-year old twins (a boy and a girl) are thrown separately and unprepared into a hard and uncaring world. Both children manage to survive, more or less damaged by life. This is not a flashy novel. But it certainly makes you think. And the descriptions of the Western provinces of Canada are spot on.
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