A drama is on its way, promise…

Book review: ‘Canada’ by Richard Ford

THE best novels use a well-judged balance of drama, characterisation, background, psychology, setting, pace, tension, emotion and conflict. If one or more of those elements is missing, the result leaves the reader uneasy or disappointed.

When Canada was published, it was widely lauded by critics, who hailed it a modern-day coming-of-age novel. Certainly, it is unformulaic.

Indeed, if psychological analysis rather than story is your thing, this is the novel for you. From the very opening, Richard Ford flags up the significant events in the life of Dell, the narrator, (the bank robbery and murder of two men). So the surprise element is removed, and with it, the suspense and tension. Continue reading