Stolen

Stolen

Book - 2006
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Rowan Friesen has made a career of drug-dealing and small-time thievery on the outer edges of Saskatoon. Shiftless and seemingly friendless, he is, at first glance, an unlikely protagonist. But as 'Stolen' unfolds, we learn the details of Rowan's life: his well meaning but self-absorbed mother, his mentally ill father, and a high-school friendship both lustful and incendiary. This intriguing back-story runs alongside a current-day murder mystery, complete with road trips, arson, drinkand drugs, tech nerds and the RCMP. Rowan Friesen may not be the world's most likable character, but the complexity and honesty of his story is thrilling. 'Stolen''s lean, tight narrative tells a tale of theft, love, and madness on the Canadian prairie, and moves along like a half-ton pickup bouncing over dirt roads."Lapointe constructs the familiar world, the one inside each of us, in the lives of strangers. It's what fiction does best." -The Globe & Mail"It moves with the force of what'sright and true and must not be elided." -Giller Prize Jury" . . . despite the grim rural-dystopian setting of failing farms and strung-out teenagers and dysfunctional families, this is a novel of redemption." -Winnipeg Free Press"It is invigorating to read a story that deals, without irony or apology, with the current generation of young Canadians." -Quill & Quire" 'Stolen' is a powerful and unconventional novel. It marks a very impressive debut." -Word Magazine"It is, in fact, the tautcraft of 'Stolen''s narrative and Lapointe's profound evocation of place that makes this book truly stand out. ... Lapointe has stepped out with a masterful debut." -subTerrain MagazineGiller Prize NomineeWinner, Saskatchewan Book AwardsBest First Book, City of Saskatoon Book Award
Publisher: Vancouver : Anvil Press, c2006
ISBN: 9781895636734
1895636736
Branch Call Number: FIC LAP
Characteristics: 232 p. ; 23 cm

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GLNovak
Apr 22, 2013

I could not finish this book. I rated it as okay because there are people who must have liked it (or it wouldn't have made it to the Canada Reads lists. The writing was even and flowed well, and you came to know the main Character, Rowan, a little bit. I kept expecting more. After one third of the book, when I finally gave up, Rowan had not displayed any depth at all that I could see. I imagine there are people in real life like that, but I cannot understand that and cannnot identify at all. I hope there are not too many whose lives are directionless like this.

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erinsnest
Jan 09, 2013

Jan 9, 2013....Interesting....this book made it to the top ten for the Prairies and North in Canada Reads 2013, and no one on this site has yet to make a comment on it. Makes me curious, seeing as it was voted in by readers! Well, it's on my for later shelf now, I'll let you know what I think of it!......Jan 27, starting this today!....Jan 28, 1/2 way through,....ouch, raw, sharp, nothing warm and fuzzy here!.....Jan 30, finished, or rather I should say it ended. It left me with some unanswered questions, (what happened to Macon? for one.) This was one of the scariest books I have ever read. Some guy to guy sex scenes (fairly detailed.)

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