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Coureurs de Bois [Paperback]

Bruce MacDonald
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Sept. 1 2006
With this, his first novel, Bruce MacDonald juggles the themes of economics, love, religion, spirituality, and self-delusion with the balance, dexterity, and mastery of an old hand from Cirque du Soleil. Smart, funny, and profoundly seditious, Coureurs de Bois is an exhilarating and satiric tour-de-force an eloquent, insightful, and contemporary novel that counterpoints iconoclastic acerbic wit with honest compassion and seduces with its compelling and provocative characters, scathing societal critique, and a playfully applied sense of mysticism. Coureurs de Bois recounts the impudent odyssey of William Tobe, an Ottawa-born economics grad, who moves to Toronto and falls under the spell of the recently paroled Randall Cobb Seymour. "The Cobb" is a vengefully shrewd and charismatic Native Canadian part Mohawk, part Ojibway the embodiment of the trickster and a powerfully animated personality of cunning, gall, and uninhibited entrepreneurial instincts. He is hell-bent on beating the white man at his own dirty game and, in doing so, he masters what he calls "the Queen's economy." Good-hearted Will not only becomes involved in Cobb's scams, but finds himself swept up in his own evolving, urban vision quest.

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"Percolating nicely among the sex, smokes, coffee, and well-drawn secondary characters are explorations of how and why we spend time with those we do, along with questions of justice, the law, religion, spirituality, the ethics of shock therapy as a treatment for mental illness, and the nature of the social contract." -- Stephen Knight, Quill and Quire (starred review)

About the Author

Bruce MacDonald is a graduate of the journalism program at Toronto's Ryerson University. He grew up in Ottawa, and has lived in Vancouver and Taiwan. Currently, he lives in Toronto, where he works as a technical writer.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Canadian Author Feb. 8 2014
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It was an interesting story. Characters were well done. A good quick read for someone who wants to broaden there Canadian reading material.
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By Dave C.
I had a hard time putting this book down and my wife read it in one sitting. The scenes, the dialogue and the arcs are unforgettable. Hope it becomes a movie, or better yet, a trilogy some day.
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