...das Land der unbegrentzten Möglichkeiten?? Zumindest scheint es für den 15jährigen Dell so zu sein, der nach der Verhaftung seiner Eltern mehr oder weniger unfreiwillig dorthin verfrachtet wird und dessen Welt von Heute auf Morgen komplett auf den Kopf gestellt wird. Richard Ford hat hier einen Roman geschaffen, der sprac... ...das Land der unbegrentzten Möglichkeiten?? Zumindest scheint es für den 15jährigen Dell so zu sein, der nach der Verhaftung seiner Eltern mehr oder weniger unfreiwillig dorthin verfrachtet wird und dessen Welt von Heute auf Morgen komplett auf den Kopf gestellt wird. Richard Ford hat hier einen Roman geschaffen, der sprachlich und stilistisch großartig ist (auf Englisch einfach grandios zu Lesen!) und der einen von der ersten Seite weg in seinen Bann zieht. Man will mehr erfahren, über Dell und sein schnelles Erwachsenwerden, über das Leben eines Jugendlichen, der sich alleine durchschlagen muss auf seinem (Über-)lebensweg - es scheint schier ungmöglich das Buch auf die Seite zu legen. :). Ein gelungener Roman von einem großartigen Autor. Absolut Daumen hoch!!
Winner of the Prix Femina, Kategorie Ausländische Literatur, 2013
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.
A vast, magnificent canvas. This is one of the first great novels of the 21st century John Banville Guardian
Richard Ford was born in Jackson, Mississippi. He has published eight novels and four collections of stories, including The Sportswriter, Independence Day, The Lay of the Land and the New York Times bestseller, Canada. Independence Day was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the first time the same book had won both prizes. Let Me Be Frank with You was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize in 2015. His work has been translated into twenty-eight languages, and most recently was awarded the Prix Femina Étranger in France and the Princess of Asturias Prize for Literature in Spain. Richard Ford lives in Maine with his wife.
A vast, magnificent canvas. This is one of the first great novels of the 21st century -- John Banville Guardian 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 A brilliant and engrossing portrait of a fragile American family and the fragile consciousness of a teenage boy Colm Toibin, Metro A real king returns ... a story, and a vision, as sweeping as its landscapes Boyd Tonkin, Independent 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 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 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 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