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Monday, January 15, 2007

Reader's Diary #218- Timothy Taylor: Stanley Park (up to p. 200)

I admit I have a phobia of money. Maybe not a phobia exactly, but a wall at least. Start talking about money and I tune out. Start talking about RRSPs and if you look closely, you'll see a dull glaze form over my eyes. I know that's irresponsible and the reason why I'll probably be stuck on the corner of Bloor Street singing an off-key version of "I'se Da B'y" for loonies by the time of 70.

But for the time being, I can't get into to money talk (my apologies to AC/DC) and so, I can't get into Stanley Park. The publishers, from the liner notes, seem to be selling it on its merit as a murder mystery. It is not. Taylor himself, in the interview posted on the Canada Reads website, refers to it as a love story. It is not. Both parties must understand that calling it what it is, i.e., a business drama, would not sell and that's why I suspect they're milking the tacked on bits. I am so bored.

I had wanted a little something about Stanley Park itself. It has yet to make much of an impression. Guess I'll just have to watch CBC news for a glimpse of Stanley Park. Now that's a story.

3 comments:

Barbara Bruederlin said...

A business drama? ewwwww!

Who's pitching this book on Canada Reads, anyway?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Never mind - it's Jim Cuddy. hmmmm.

John Mutford said...

I wanted to like this book. I did like Cuddy's 1st pick, The Last Crossing.

Btw, The publishers also tried to make it out to be satirical. That would imply it is funny. It is not that either.