Monday, 24 March 2014

The Wars by Timothy Findley

She was standing in the middle of the railroad tracks

Thus begins the prologue of this short novel by Timothy Findley. A pronoun with a problem. As a first sentence this one works at hooking, as it present a problem - assuming there is a train somewhere nearby. The paragraph continues to explain that this is a horse on the track. The unfolding scene is one of destruction and war.

Chapter 1:

All of this happened a long time ago.

The rest of this brief chapter reads like a lecture, a commentary of sorts on general state of some characters, which transforms itself into preamble. On the plus side, the chapters are short and read like clippings, a technique I've seen in other of Findley's work which to me feels like a disjointed narrative in places, which is distracting, sometimes hard to follow, making it easy for my attention to wonder to my Facebook news feed.

In the realms of the artsy-fartsy mind, this book thrives. The descriptive writing is precise and vivid.

First thing said:

"Let's go."

Verdict: Pass (barely)

Theodore Moracht

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