Crimes Against My Brother Hardcover – Deckle Edge, May 13 2014
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“Crimes Against My Brother takes us through a long series of petty betrayals, crushing heartbreaks, loneliness and death. . . . David Adams Richards has again proven his mastery.”
“Richards weaves a complex, heartbreaking tale. . . . New readers will find it a powerful introduction to his work.”
—Winnipeg Free Press
"Tragedy and cruelty are rife in the fictional universe of David Adams Richards, one of Canada’s most prolific and gifted writers. Perhaps that’s why he begins his remarkable new novel with an admonition to the reader: “[T]ake heart and know that no betrayal is so self-infatuated, self-serving or brutal it cannot, in the end, be overcome.”. . . Yes, gird yourself, but do take heart. For Richards’ true interest is not in the terrible things we all do, but rather the ways in which we struggle to live with the consequences. . . . Crimes Against My Brother is grandly ambitious and beautifully written . . . an astute, compelling and compassionate exploration of the human spirit.”
“Over his long career, David Adams Richards has carved out a unique body of work, in the process developing a form of literary expressionism that illuminates the moral depths—and depravity—of several communities along New Brunswick’s Miramichi River. . . . Like Dostoevsky, Richards reveals his characters through how they talk—to each other, to themselves, and to whatever higher power rules their troubled lives. . . . No conscience is left untested, but Richards also bestows tenderness and compassion on the troubled blood brothers. It makes for compelling reading.”
—Quill & Quire
“It’s no stretch to say that David Adams Richards is the Feodor Dostoyevsky of Canadian fiction, a comparison that honours both the moral stance of his writing and its distance from the literary mores of Toronto and Vancouver. . . . [in Crimes Against My Brother], his writing remains brutally stark and disturbingly effective.”
“Reading Richards' latest novel, Crimes Against My Brother, is like being at a train crossing in a downpour late at night and witnessing a locomotive barreling down on a car stalled on the tracks. . . . As rich as his novels are in terms of the specifics of time and the particulars of place, his themes are timeless and universal because they expose humanity at its most elemental.”
Praise for David Adams Richards:
"[Incidents in the Life of Markus Paul] is brilliantly conceived, and flawlessly executed. This is Richards at the height of his powers, which is very high indeed. The word masterpiece is not too strong." --National Post
About the Author
DAVID ADAMS RICHARDS is the author of numerous acclaimed and prize-winning novels, including Incidents in The Life of Markus Paul, which was published to rave reviews; The Lost Highway, which was nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction and the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2008; The Friends of Meager Fortune, which won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book; and Mercy Among the Children, which won the 2000 Giller Prize and was a finalist for the GG and the Trillium Award. He is also the author of the celebrated Miramichi Trilogy: Nights Below Station Street, winner of the Governor General's Literary Award; Evening Snow Will Bring Such Peace, winner of the Canadian Authors Association Award; and For Those Who Hunt the Wounded Down. The author lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
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Top Customer Reviews
In Richards' universe, the only thing more foolish than trusting in God is relying on the word of men. So in a backhandedly dark sort of way, this book is a defense of those who trust in an incomprehensible God. It also places the source of the ills that befall its characters squarely back on them and their human weakness - outside forces may threaten but it's always the enemy within that does the fatal damage.
The actual plot of this book is fairly labyrinthine, although it it does follow a simple beginning to end process. There are three boys, Ian, Harold & Evan, who are trapped on a mountain during a brutal ice-storm who make a blood pact to be brothers for life. The rest of the book, essentially, shows how quickly that commitment is set aside - and yet their lives are firmly intertwined. Of course, this book is set once again in the Miramichi, which means that most of the characters are scrambling in desperate poverty, and many dream of starting anew in another place.
Not an easy book to read, but it may be worth picking up for some. If you've not read David Adams Richards before, I would recommend picking up his previous novel, "Incidents in the Life of Markus Paul" which is dark but not as dark as this book. It's also shorter.
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An easy book to read as one has time - can be picked up and put down just about anywhere. However, I never wanted to put it down, and took every opportunity to read even just... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Another good one after a lapse of a few years- the character descriptions were exceptional- you could visualize and also feel their pain- worth waiting forPublished 22 months ago by L Ellis