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  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Nightwood (June 24 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0889712042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0889712041
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 14.1 x 21.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #126,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J D on March 12 2006
With all due respect to Mr. Kinsella, he's made a name for himself flouting the write-what-you-know maxim and flirting with cultural appropriation (Dance Me Outside, anyone?), as any first year Canadian literature student knows. It's bad reviewing to leave out the legitimate mentionables like first-novel, fine in-your-face writing and style, hip, knowing dialogue and an insider's knowledge of the subject matter. I suppose he alludes to that last one by saying it is worth reading for its indictment of RMC. But this book is more than that. Verbal's struggles seem real and for all his actions, there's so much inaction that is part of his inner turmoil. Parts of this book are laugh-out-loud funny, others turn-away-shame-faced embarrassment by proxy. That's how into Verbal's plight you'll find yourself. And as for any sense of hyperbole, ask around: RMC holds some dark tales. None of this book seemed outrageous. Bring on book 2! Where is Verbal going next?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Zelmer on Feb. 27 2006
I can't wait to read more of John Ford's work. Bonk on the Head was a riveting read that succeeded in doing what all great literature should do......make one think!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on March 29 2006
John has given us a unique view of a little discussed Canadian institute, the Royal Military College of Canada. Excellent work. I look forward to reading his future novels.
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