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Sentimentalists av Johanna Skibsrud
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Sentimentalists (urspr publ 2009; utgåvan 2010)

av Johanna Skibsrud (Författare)

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Napoleon Haskell lives in Casablanca, Ontario, on the shores of a man-made lake that covers the remains of the former town. When his daughter's life unravels, she retreats to Casablanca and is soon immersed in the complicated family stories that lurk below the surface of everyday life.
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Titel:Sentimentalists
Författare:Johanna Skibsrud (Författare)
Info:Douglas & Mcintyre (2010), Edition: English Language
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Taggar:Canadian Novel, Scotiabank Giller Prize Winner

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I was excited to discover this book. A very tidy dust-jacketed hardcover with winner of the Scotiabank Giller prize printed on it. I had great expectations of it, which it failed to meet.
I liked the premise of the story - a young woman trying to understand her father in the final months of his life. He had been absent for large parts of her and her sister's lives and had battled alcoholism. The outcome is that he is suffering PTSD following his experiences in Vietnam as a marine.
However, the story meanders all over the place too much, to the point of confusion for this reader.
This is an important story and is based on the writer's own experiences, living with her Vietnam war vet father, but somehow it fails to come together. ( )
  HelenBaker | Oct 10, 2018 |
Giller winner. ( )
  Rdra1962 | Aug 1, 2018 |
I honestly don't even know what to think about this strange little book. Parts of it are lovely, parts of it utterly pretentious. The epilogue made it seem like less of a novel and more of a memoir. ( )
  GaylaBassham | May 27, 2018 |
This novel's is based in part on the author's father's experiences in Vietnam. However, this is a difficult novel to read and I found it work to get through it. If an author wishes to tell a story important to them, they should make it interesting and readable.

The narrator is a daughter of a Vietnam vet who she and her sister move to the shores of the St. Lawrence River in Canada from his home in Mexico, NY just as the St. Lawrence Seaway is filling with water. He is an alcoholic and generally an unpleasant man who his children have few pleasant memories of from their childhood.

He and his daughter live with the father of a friend of his who was killed in Vietnam. Part of the novel and the reason for the father's problems is he was at the US Marines actions at Quang Tri in October, 1967 which led to an investigation of the murder of Vietnamese women & children by the Marines. ( )
  lamour | Apr 10, 2018 |
I am not enjoying this, but am determined to finish the darn thing. On top of its obtuse boringness, it has glaring grammar errors that are not being used as dialect or anything. Poor writing, editing, proofreading? Wallows in words without getting anywhere....
Now finished, and very little further ahead. Clarity is not what this author was going for, apparently. ( )
  Siubhan | Feb 28, 2018 |
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The house my father left behind in Fargo, North Dakota, was never really a house at all.
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I think that the emphasis has been through the wrong-way-round field glasses of time, reversed somehow. And that the actions that did or did not take place that night are somewhat sideways to the real story -- just as the events of my father's life have been, I believe, somewhat sideways to himself. To the true story, that is, of his life: the that one that I would have liked to have written. Because this, neither, is the real story. Still, the details get in, and still, everything is left out.  (p. 203)
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Napoleon Haskell lives in Casablanca, Ontario, on the shores of a man-made lake that covers the remains of the former town. When his daughter's life unravels, she retreats to Casablanca and is soon immersed in the complicated family stories that lurk below the surface of everyday life.

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