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Mercy Hardcover – Jan 14 2003


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  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Canada; First Edition edition (Jan. 14 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679311645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679311645
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 14.3 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 513 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,021,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Breckman on April 18 2003
Format: Hardcover
My guess is that the author had two different ideas for the same rural Manitoba setting and tried to tie them together. The result isn't wholly successful. The first part, which takes place in the late 1940s, is strong. The characters are convincing and compelling, and even though the writing suffers a little from the overly self-conscious literary style that seems to bedevil so much Canadian fiction, I was drawn into the story. I wish I could say the same for the second part, which takes place in the 1990s. There's a very forced quality to the characterization and the situation. The disbelief I had willingly suspended for the melodrama of the first part came crashing down. My suggestion to readers would be to read Mercy for the first part alone and consider it to be a reasonably accomplished novella.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Confusing Dec 31 2013
By Melissa F - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Leaves a lot of questions unanswered, without any clear focus of what you are to take from it. Started interestingly enough, but didn't develop well and second half was a huge question mark.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Unusual Jan. 6 2012
By K. Sowa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Mercy was an unusual book. The writing was haunting and the story was heartbreaking. The utter devotion of Father Day to his beliefs and the way his feelings for Mathilda destroy him, both physically and spiritually, provide the center of the story in the first half of the book. The author also gives us a window into the mind of Thomas, Mathilda's husband. He seems oafish at first, but develops into a character that is just as trapped and full of longing as Father Day and Mathilda. The lives of these three people are emotionally tortured and close in around them until the entire situation culminates in a very dramatic way.

The second half of the book left me feeling a little lost. Fifty years have gone by and now the town of Mercy has changed. We meet a corrupt preacher with an autistic daughter whose life is essentially one affair after another. His desire to to develop the bogs put him in contact with Bog Mary, who he must rely on for help when he is injured. His character is connected to the people in the beginning of the book, but I just didn't feel the same way about the second half as I did about the first. We really got to know Mathilda, Thomas and Father Day through the minutia of their days, but this didn't continue in the second half of the book. I felt like the characters were just as interesting, but not as well developed

The arrangement of short chapters and the ideas of religion, morality and devotion were weaved into the story in a unique way. The second half weakened it and I regret that the momentum didn't continue throughout the entire book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Thornbirds Goes Gothic April 18 2003
By Sarah Breckman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
My guess is that the author had two different ideas for the same rural Manitoba setting and tried to tie them together. The result isn't wholly successful. The first part, which takes place in the late 1940s, is strong. The characters are convincing and compelling, and even though the writing suffers a little from the overly self-conscious literary style that seems to bedevil so much Canadian fiction, I was drawn into the story. I wish I could say the same for the second part, which takes place in the 1990s. There's a very forced quality to the characterization and the situation. The disbelief I had willingly suspended for the melodrama of the first part came crashing down. My suggestion to readers would be to read Mercy for the first part alone and consider it to be a reasonably accomplished novella.
Rambling literary story Jan. 11 2012
By Sarah - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This was a very literary type story that unfortunately seemed to ramble about with no distinct plot. The book was divided into two sections, which seemed to be very different stories with few overlapping connections.

The ending left me confused, There was no real conclusion and a lot of questions were left unanswered.

I was surprised at the amount of sexual references and overtones in the book. It was a little jarring and unexpected. For such a discreet time period with puritanical characters, sex played a large role in the book.

Overall, the story was not what I was expecting, and I was felt feeling unsatisfied.
Mercy Me March 22 2009
By bookworm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This has GOT to be the strangest book I've ever read. It was hard to follow with all the sections pulled up from the past. I think it would have been a better story if some attention had been given to the night Mathilda gave birth. Was the priest ever found? What did Thomas do about the disappearance of his wife? Instead fast forward 44 years and try to sort out the new cast of characters. The ending was just chopped off, gave no conclusion to the story at all.
I don't think I'll read any more by this author, too many other good ones on my list.

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