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Crimes Against My Brother Hardcover – Deckle Edge, May 13 2014

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Canada; 1st Edition edition (May 13 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385671164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385671163
  • Product Dimensions: 16.9 x 3.5 x 24.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #123,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.”
National Post

“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.”
Toronto Star

“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.”
Georgia Straight

“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.”
—The Record


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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By Rodge TOP 100 REVIEWER on June 3 2014
Format: Hardcover
Once again, Richards is back with his masterful characterizations and deep understanding of the darker side of human nature. This time it may almost be too much. This book was hard to read. The characters are believable, but unsympathetic nonetheless and the string of betrayals and general selfish brutality gets hard to bear. Not to mention the tragedies that seem to pop up fairly regularly.

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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I have been reading Richards for many years. He is a difficult writer and he writes about serious and often depressing subjects. This book was by far the most difficult and the most belak. With characters from other books flashing in an out- it seems like a modern day version of the Book of Job. Every character seems doomed to deceit, deception, revenge and utter meaness. There is little room for hope here as even Liam ends up in Australia- away from his roots and on an uncertain journey. Its plot seems quite contrived and I found the book much less engaging than Friends of Meager Fortune or even Marcus Paul. I hope Richards returns to his non fiction writing as he is a serious writer and it is very hard to see him make his characters suffer so much.
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Another brilliant book by my favorite author, one which lingers in my head and will no doubt be read again in winter. The characters are so recognizable to me, in time and place, and the themes are as is usual with this magnificent author, universal.
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it took a little while to get into this book,but I soon got hooked and couldn y't put it down.it was a dark book, but full of wisdom a out the follies men are capable of.
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