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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: House of Anansi Press (June 15 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887847552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887847554
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #109,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 31 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book was a Christmas gift. I began reading the book with an open-minded attitude, hoping for something great. About a 1/3 of the way through, I set the book down and decided I'd had enough.
I read, and read, and read about the characters but nothing was happening. It seems like a very long set up to a story, with nothing actually taking place. The characters that Moore has created aren't even very interesting, like stale bread. Maybe things begin to happen halfway through Alligator, but Moore couldn't hold my interest long enough for me to get to that point.
There's so much praise for this book, but I honestly don't see it. It's long and drawn out. I started thinking "why do I care about these people?", "how is this person relevant to the plot?", "where's the plot?" - snore.
If you like reading about the details of characters, without the characters actually doing anything interesting, this is the book for you. I, on the otherhand, am completely disappointed. And bored.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Tobin Garrett TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 17 2010
Format: Paperback
This book pulled me in with the first chapter. The style was refreshing and fun to read, however, I found that it didn't sustain throughout the whole book. Or, rather, the style sustained, but the freshness fell away and began to impede the story as I was really aware of the stylistic tricks in the language of the book. I'm speaking here of the very long sentences with many clauses linked by the word "and", as well as the sometimes esoteric shifts in time and the fragmented story lines. I don't need my books to be linear and clear-cut, but I felt that this book strayed too often in different directions and never spent enough time in any one significant spot to really develop the story fully.

I gave it three stars because there are some really great parts that I did enjoy. If I think of the book as merely fragments of character then I like it a bit more than if I imagine it as a cohesive book. I love books that cast wide nets with lots of characters and story lines, but I recognize that it's a hard thing to reign in and keep control of and I think it got away from Moore here a bit too often.

All in all, I found my mind wandering away from the book too many times while I was reading it, just unable to be captured by what was happening on the page. I think I would give Moore another shot though. Maybe try one of her short story books as it seems she would be good at writing short stories.
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By Hana on March 24 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is very well written, and is a mature prose by a rather new author. It gives us a panorama of events, in the present and in the past, viewed through the main characters. It is unmistakably taking place in Newfoundland, Canada.
In a sense, Alligator is much more developed than Moore's later title, February, but February is a comprehensible story of a disaster, and its consequences for individual lives and the society. Alligator is much darker than February. There is no disaster, the tragedy is intrinsic to the characters of the people. In the end one person is dead, one came home, one is in jail for life, and one escaped an attempt on his life, even though we don't quite know how, or what it took him to fully recover.
Towards the end the story breaks down and the books seems strangely unfinished. There is, of course, no need to tell a whole story. It is possible to enter somewhere in the middle and exit wherever the writer wants, but the beginning of this book did not point to such type of a narration.
If you want to read good prose, you should not miss this book, but keep in mind that this is a very dark story. Is it, perhaps, a new "The Way we Live Now" for the 21st century?
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 21 2006
Format: Hardcover
but then it gets into a ramble with alternating stories -- architectonic at its worst. The jumpy quality to her early stories, rambling snippets of experience -- she probably writes down people and events in notebooks then gleans them as background. I've read more than half and already am skipping ahead to see where things are going -- and as for the review that said "thriller" ?? What?? Nothing so far sets up one in the least. I would have to agree with other comments here, the plot is lacking and she can't hold it together with magical language (like Will Self who readily admits he is terrible with plots.) I really wanted to like this book, and it's decent, but not much more.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Butland on Jan. 6 2010
Format: Paperback
Wanting to support "local" authors I saw that this book was written by an author from St John's, Newfoundland and just had to get it for my friend who lives in Newfoundland. I wasn't convinced it would be a masterpiece but was surprised to find I really enjoyed it.

I have to admit, most books that win prestigious awards are beyond me and I can't seem to really get into them; this was the exception to the rule. Alligator's chapters are separated by a different character leaving you wondering how everyone connects and what happens with the person you just left behind. Lisa Moore did a wonderful job of having me relate to each character, namely Colleen and Frank who describe their own struggles and trepidations while working to achieve their own greatness, whatever that may be.

I'm glad I took the time to read through this book before passing it on and trust that whoever reads it next will enjoy it as much as I did or more.

Thanks for reading,

Sarah Butland
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