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A taut, masterful novel of friends and enemies, family and fate, and the relative nature of freedom. When Myrden returns to his tough St. John's neighbourhood after fourteen years in prison, he is swarmed by old friends and enemies, and a wife who hasn't exactly been waiting for him. A cruel twist of fate has made Myrden famous: any wrongfully accused man released after such a lengthy incarceration is soon to be rich. He clings to his young granddaughter and an old love, hoping his coming settlement can free them from the cycles of revenge and failure that have marked his life. But old scores are not so easily left unsettled. Written in abrupt prose that brilliantly reflects Myrden's cautious evaluation of everyone and everything in the overwhelming outside world, Inside pulls the reader forward with the quiet, creeping gravity of Greek tragedy. It is a story about the best kind of friend, the life a man can't believe he deserves and the value of trying, no matter how doomed he seems to fail, to bring hope into the lives of those still worth loving.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Random House Canada, c2006
ISBN: 9780679314271
Branch Call Number: F HAR NVD


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Sep 15, 2007

This was my first time reading this author from Newfoundland. The word that I associate with this read is definitely gripping. This is not a pleasant story. There are many insides here. The reader goes inside the character's mind. The character has just emerged from inside prison. He exists inside a particular environment and one gets the sense that there is no easy way out. We as readers enter inside the character's viewpoint - perspective - his life. What becomes gripping is, in a way, trying to get out. And so one reads inexorably on .... until we can finish the book. That seems to be the only way out.

I found this novel, as an experience, to be incredibly intriguing. I have read thousands of books and cannot think of another instance where I had quite this experience. Enjoyable? Not sure. An incredible read? Yes, very much so. A terrific write? For sure.

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