Holiday Reads 3

CanadaCanada by Richard Ford
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So much of 20/21 Century American fiction seems to be about the desolation of life in rural communities in the mid-west.

Steinbeck described the depression, Cormack McCarthy the plight of the modern cowboy and here, Ford takes a look at 1960’s Montana and Saskatchewan – all bleak.

There are some intriguing characters in this book – bordering on John Irving territory – the sleeve notes cover just the first of three parts – 15-year old twins, one of whom describes the bewilderment of what happens when their seemingly ordinary parents decide to rob a bank.

Parts Two and Three take a very different direction and kept me engaged.

Not a light read but the prose is worth the investment.

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Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.