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[[ Download Epub ]] ⚣ Caught ë Caught begins with a prison break Twenty five year old David Slaney, locked up on charges of marijuana possession, has escaped his cell and sprinted to the highway There, he is picked up by a friend of his sister s and transported to a strip bar where he survives his first night on the run But evading the cops isn t his only objective Slaney intends to track down his old partner, Hearn, and get back into the drug business Along the way, Slaney s fugitive journey across Canada rushes vibrantly to life as he visits an old flame and adopts numerous guises to outpace authorities hitchhiker, houseguest, student, lover When finally he reunites with Hearn just steps ahead of a detective hell bent on making a high profile arrest, their scheme sends Slaney to Mexico, Colombia, and back again on an epic quest fueled by luck, charm, and unbending conviction Moore s most plot driven novel to date, Caught is a thrillingly charged escapade that thrums with energy and suspense and deftly captures a moment in the late s before the almost folkloric glamour surrounding pot smuggling turned violent Ripe with bravado, love, ambition, and folly, Caught is about trust and deceit, about the risks we take for the lives we want and the mistakes we can t outrun I just could not get into this story I know Lisa Moore s a fantastic writer, so I figure it s me and not the book itself Even with ties to Newfoundland often connection enough for me the characters didn t catch my fancy I know Moore s February won Canada Reads a few years back, so I ll give that one a go. Caught frustrated me, made me smile, awed me, but mostly frustrated me.Lisa Moore is a fantastic writer, and I think her skills are far better suited to a meditation like February than an ostensible adventure like Caught Don t get me wrong the writing in this book is astonishing Moore has an ability to capture instants like no other author I ve read She s perceptive, incisive, unsentimental, and her ability to capture how we actually experience time in sputters, jolts, and drawn out etern Caught frustrated me, made me smile, awed me, but mostly frustrated me.Lisa Moore is a fantastic writer, and I think her skills are far better suited to a meditation like February than an ostensible adventure like Caught Don t get me wrong the writing in this book is astonishing Moore has an ability to capture instants like no other author I ve read She s perceptive, incisive, unsentimental, and her ability to capture how we actually experience time in sputters, jolts, and drawn out eternities is jaw dropping She firmly places the reader in time without showing off I hate it when you can practically hear an author shouting look at the research I ve done , just dropping tastes here and there You find yourself immersed in 1978 Canada through jean jackets, station wagons, and my favourite, Red Rose Tea figurines.So why was I frustrated One problem is that in Caught, Moore s chosen to tell a crime adventure story, exactly the kind of tale we might see ratcheted up on steroids and laughing gas in the hands of El Leonard or Carl Hiaasen But there s a disconnect between the way Moore writes and the story she s trying to tell The same little snapshots of thought, observation, and memory that are a hallmark of Moore s writing get in the way of telling a good crime adventure I was reminded of Zeno s dichotomy paradox please don t think I m trying to show off this actually helped me figure out why I found the action unsatisfying The paradox runs like this in order to travel one mile, you first have to travel half a mile But before you travel half a mile, you first have to travel a quarter of a mile, and so on to infinity The idea is that there are infinite steps, so you ll never be able to travel the distance In Caught, Moore continually breaks up the narrative into these little quanta of observation, and they pile up, one on top another, until you have a great description of everything that s happening, but no sense of ACTION.Also, I desperately wanted to get to know Slaney, the protagonist, but Moore keeps him at an emotional distance from the reader Sure, I understand his motivations He doesn t want to go back to prison, he wants to make this last big score, he loves and misses his old girlfriend But I never feel what he feels I want to root for the guy, but I don t know who he is He comes from a huge family, he s a great sailor, he likes pot, but what makes him laugh What makes him angry What are his dreams, when all this is over I waited and hoped, but Slaney never revealed himself.In the end, I don t think Caught works The writing is good, piece by piece, but it doesn t hang together as a whole I would have given it 2 stars, but there are so many wonderfully crafted bits that I had to bump it up to 3 Still, I was really looking forward to this, and I was disappointed Don t wait to pick up a copy of Lisa Moore s new novel, Caught It may strike you as a departure in terms of subject matter from her earlier work if not for its high literary quality it might inadvertently be slotted simply as a detective novel but anyone who loves good writing will revel in the novel for many reasons Each sentence in Caught is so carefully constructed each word has clearly been chosen with thought and meticulous care, and yet not so much as to negatively affect the pacing Th Don t wait to pick up a copy of Lisa Moore s new novel, Caught It may strike you as a departure in terms of subject matter from her earlier work if not for its high literary quality it might inadvertently be slotted simply as a detective novel but anyone who loves good writing will revel in the novel for many reasons Each sentence in Caught is so carefully constructed each word has clearly been chosen with thought and meticulous care, and yet not so much as to negatively affect the pacing Things I loved the sharp, close observation, the attention to detail The way the care so obvious in the writing underscores the naivet and relative looseness, almost carelessness of the central character, Slaney, and his gut level determination to trust that all will be well The skillful use of irony that lets the reader but not Slaney in to the real reality in the world outside his head Slaney s shake your head type innocence in spite of his recent experience being incarcerated for four years before his escape His trusting, having to trust, in a kind of fatal ingenuousness believing he is not detected, doing what Hearn tells him to do even as readers learn that his childhood, high school, and crime buddy Hearn is not always reliable The tremendous care Moore take with the language, the descriptions, the order in which information is revealed.The percentage of writers in Canada or anywhere who make it to star status is relatively small True literary merit comes from the writing, book by book, the building blocks of a stellar reputation the consistency, the superior control of the narrative The high and consistent skill level in each book, shown again, and yet again Fine writing, engaging prose, beauty of the literary turn of phrase The darkness seemed to charge across the prairie toward them, deepening as it came Or, The leaves of the lupins chussled like the turning pages of a glossy magazine The ability to handle suspense, plot, character He d broken out of prison and he was going back to Columbia He d learned from that first trip down there, the trip that landed him in jail, that the most serious mistakes are the easiest to make They are mistakes that stand in the centre of an empty field and cy out for love Moore does it all Moore draws her characters quickly, effectively, memorably Description never weighs down the prose there is always just enough, sharply, accurately observed Consider this Hearn s freckles and a red bandana he had knotted around his throat He was skinnier andmuscled and he d let his fiery hair spring out in an afro He looked high and a little haunted Or There was a couple making out farther down the platform The girl had on a long crushed velvet coat with fake fur trim and a red tube top and denim miniskirt The coat was slipping off her shoulder and she was wearing white go go boots and her leg was hooked over the guy s hip and his hand was disappearing under the hem of her little skirt The word mastery comes to mind the ability to move in a new direction without faltering, without misstep Moore engages and keeps her reader close, with her, word by word, comma by comma.If one of the things that distinguishes literature from non literature is that it is at least as much about how it happens as what happens in terms of action, then there is no question of Caught s place One could read Caught simply for the narrative line, but an even richer reading is a close one, one that looks at that how.Another is the level of meaning available to readers whose tattered copy of Francine Prose s Reading Like A Writer is close by Read for a plethora of rich themes involving family, roots, love, community I am reminded of Northrop Frye s seeing story in literature as a move either from integration to isolation, or isolation to integration, and the toll taken on a character as s he moves from one to the other.In Moore s prose here and in her other books there is concision, clarity, care Not to mention a great capacity for compassion, and humour I know Lisa Moore best as a short fiction author I think that is a style that suits her perfectly, and one that she cannot completely shake off in this novel The precision with which she writes, all the hidden metaphors and images throughout the story, they all look like they come out of short story Only I m not sure that it really works in a full scale novel You just read novels a different way, or at least I do.Sometimes there is paragraph that really catches your attention though, like th I know Lisa Moore best as a short fiction author I think that is a style that suits her perfectly, and one that she cannot completely shake off in this novel The precision with which she writes, all the hidden metaphors and images throughout the story, they all look like they come out of short story Only I m not sure that it really works in a full scale novel You just read novels a different way, or at least I do.Sometimes there is paragraph that really catches your attention though, like this one about a hen while our protagonists are sitting in a crowded bar in Latin America about to order some chicken for dinner Out on the cobblestones, a hen was testing the pool of light under the street lamp, touching it once and then again with its claw, jerking the inert lump of its blazingly white body forward by the neck, taking teensy steps The hen froze in the centre of the light, full of trembling The book opens with David Slaney escaping from prison, where he found himself due to a drug smuggling charge His goal is to get back to his old friend and drug smuggling buddy who avoided his stay in prison, take a boat to sea and start smuggling drugs again.Slaney is pretty much like that hen testing the pool of light in front of him He picks at something he thinks is important to try and snatch for himself, but he might end up being food for someone else s gain Also, his new found freedom is in the spotlight of the police men who are searching for him, and it s hard to taste freedom when you re not sure it ll last The relativity of freedom is what s being explored in this novel Are we free, or are we only left to think that we are, like the bees in the quote below Did we escape the net, are we stuck in it, or are we just not aware of how big the net is The bees escaped, he said Last summer They get it in their heads.You got them back Slaney said.I just had to wait for them to settle down somewhere, he said Then I snuck up on them with a net I ve tried to put this book into a genre but that s a pretty difficult thing to do I saw some book blurbs about this being an adventure story, which I don t think it is, because they tend to be muchfast paced, nor does it have the twists and turns you d expect The cover art doesn t really work either, i don t know why it was chosen, it just doesn t seem to fit with the book at all Yes, there is a moment when a woman in a red bikini comes out of the sea, and the sea plays a very important role in the book both as the sea itself and as a symbol of freedom But the atmosphere created with the art just doesn t fit with the book in my humble opinion It s missing something simple to change the tone of it, to add some mystery, perhaps something like this The other thing that disturbed me was the lack of dialogue punctuation Despite it being a direct dialogue there is no punctuation and no structure with everyone getting a line to themselves either, so it sometimes hard to keep track of who is saying what Example The things you see in retrospect, she said He s bald, for Christ s sake You don t understand it, you couldn t You think I haven t been in love Slaney said I ve tried to figure out why Lisa Moore would have done this, but I can t find a reason except to slow down the pace of the reading overall, which would be an odd reason anyway There were, at first, only two splats, the size of quarters, on the giant windshield and they trembled like things with a consciousness, things trying to hold together against a terrible force of entropy, and then they ran sideways and a drumming began on the roof and the world Perhaps none of it matters perhaps dialogue punctuation deserves some freedom to not be where they are supposed to be too, just like Slaney does Disclaimer This book has been provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.