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The big idea in Stanley Park is that global corporate culture threatens the local connections that sustain us. Only the outcasts in Stanley Park retain these connections, and one of them imparts to Jeremy the secret of trapping a swan: "'Stinky box does it,' Caruzo informed, scratching himself. 'Stinky box is all.'" He retrieves a discarded hot dog shipping box and explains the technique: "'I distract him.' Caruzo said. 'You kill him. Distract. Kill.'" Though our hero cannot bring himself to dispatch the bird, he understands the basic link with nature. Stanley Park isn't Crime and Punishment and doesn't pretend to be, even if the vocabulary is sometimes a little pretentious. Taylor, who won the 2000 Journey Prize for his short fiction, tells a good story, creating plausible characters for this coming-of-age narrative and making a good start to a novelistic career. --Robyn Gillam --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The book is definitely used and in fair to above fair in terms of condition. It is a good story, though, and I have read it some years ago and enjoyed it.Published 13 months ago by shelley gorman
Being from Vancouver, this book was great just to be able to read a novel set in the city I grew up. It was entertaining and a little surprising sometimes. Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2009 by Keep it simple
This was a deep, joyous, wonderful read ... I loved that it was based loosely on a real event and really enjoyed the whole "foodie" aspect to it. Read more
Taylor has a very easy, free-flowing style of writing and I found Stanley Park to be one of my most enjoyable reads in a long time. Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2007 by PGrout