The Last of the Crazy People
Penguin Canada, 2008 - 211 pages
While other 11-year-old boys are preoccupied with things like hockey, television and having fun, Hooker broods about his dysfunctional home-life. With a mother who refuses to leave her room, a brother in an alcoholic haze and a father who's unable to hold things together, Hooker's world is one of bewilderment and conflict. Feeling alone and unhappy, the young boy seeks to put an end to all of the confusion in The Last of the Crazy People, Timothy Findley's astonishing debut novel.
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Iris' father believed only in the curse of his color. He lived longer. But not much. It
was poverty really that killed them botri and all the others. Iris' father forbade his
children to be servants or to accept employment on the trains. Iris disobeyed him
and survived. She was not too proud to work. Ultimately, through the early
foresight of Rosetta, who had a built- in knack for choosing suitable servants, Iris
had come to be part of the Winslow household — but that was so long ago that
no one ...
Iris, who was not only very thin but tall, took large and energetic steps. She was
relentless, once she started, until the far corner had been reached and turned.
Hooker had to skip and run just to keep pace with her. Then she would stop and
open her old leather purse, from which she pulled cigarettes and gum. "I'm going
to smoke now," she would say, "and you may chew." The gum package was
inevitably new and unopened. Hooker never knew when she finished one and
Iris said to Hooker at supper. "Thank you," said Hooker. "Does that mean yes or
no?" "Yes." Iris gave a long, worried look at Hooker and then turned to Rosetta. "
Shall I keep a supper warm for Mr. Gil or not?" "No." "He ain't been outa there all
day," said Iris. "I'm well aware of that, Iris." "You know this is my night out?" "Yes."
Iris paused diplomatically. "Will it be all right?" she finally had to ask. "I don't see
why not," said Rosetta. Iris looked at Nicholas. "Go ahead," he said. "We can
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LibraryThing ReviewAvis d'utilisateur - lkernagh - LibraryThing
Set in the summer months of 1964, the story is about a well-to-do family of breeding residing in a wealthy neighborhood in Ontario. 11-year old Hooker Winslow is surrounded by his family, a family ... Consulter l'avis complet
LibraryThing ReviewAvis d'utilisateur - Katethegreyt - LibraryThing
I've read this novel twice. It is a remarkable first novel; Findley lived up to this beginning and then some during his lifetime. The main character is both hero and victim even while he victimizes ... Consulter l'avis complet
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