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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His shoulders were hunched forward in a loose, odd way, and his head was
poked out to the front, and his hands hung down, each with its own little burden
— a glass and a cigarette. He had never seen his father walk that way before.
"Yes." "What do you see?" "You're crying." "Yes." Hooker fumbled, nervously
embarrassed. "Is there anything I can do for you?" he asked. "No." They were
silent again. Nicholas took out a cigarette package and uncUa the wrappings
Nicholas puffed on his cigarette and held on to the edges of the chair he sat in.
The air itself moved with it now elastic and hot and precarious. The idea that
something was about to be totally amiss and go wrong. "Would you ever let me
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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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