: Traplines (): Eden Robinson: Books. Remember the name Eden Robinson. You will be seeing it again, on other covers. Born on the Haisla Nation Kitamaat reserve in British Columbia, Robinson, traplines by Eden Robinson. The story was about a boy, will living with his parents and then goes to live with his teacher. His teacher’s husband.
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The menacing underside of family tdaplines is the subject of Eden Robinson’s debut collection. In crackling prose, she describes homes ruled by bullies, psychopaths, and delinquents; families whose conflict resolution techniques range from grand theft to homicide; kids who have nowhere to go and a lifetime to get there.
Hardcoverpages. Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Traplinesplease robinsln up. Lists with This Book. Mar 12, BrokenTune rated it really liked it Shelves: I’m combining the review of both books here because Blood Sports is the continuation of Contact Sports, one of the short stories contained in Traplines. Having discovered Robinson’s work through her novel Monkey BeachI was not quite sure whether her other work would follow paths and This combined review of Traplines and Blood Sports was first posted on BookLikes.
Having discovered Robinson’s work through her novel Monkey TraplinexI was not quite sure whether her other work would follow paths and include similar themes or whether it would be wholly different. As in Monkey Beach, both Traplines and Blood Sports are written from the point of view of teenagers or people who have had to learn to become adults rather early.
However, where the rites of passage in Monkey Beach are accompanied by a sense of community based on legends and a presence of the supernatural, all the stories in Traplines and Blood Sports are focused on people growing up trapped in the gritty and dysfunctional fringes of society, dealing with violence, addiction, despair, and tra;lines unable to grasp at any opportunity that could lead traplinees way out of it, even traplnies it seems to be offered.
Violent and gritty but at the same time moving. The story follows Tom, who wants to escape the world of crime and addiction and settle down with his young family. Tom is haunted and – literally – hunted by his drug-dealing, video-blogging psychopath cousin Jeremy, who will stop at nothing to wage revenge robinso people who he thinks have betrayed him. If you need trigger warnings robinsson this book pretty much has all of the ones I can think of, and more.
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It’s still a pretty good read. Nothing had ever existed but the pain. He trsplines, he heard the sounds ripping through his throat, and he fought the ropes. He screamed and he screamed and he threw himself forward so the ropes would tighten and it would end.
Jan 05, Darren rated it really liked it. There are four short stories in Traplines; the first two, “Traplines” and “Dogs in Winter,” I found to be a bit bland, but “Contact Sports” the original basis for robinxon later book Blood Sports is a fucking ride, and “Queen of the North” is cathartic and a joy to read as edem. One of the things I would note about Robinson’s writing is that it’s often as gripping as any thriller but also socially conscious and thought-provoking, regardless of whether edenn not a reader immediately recognizes the cont There are four short stories in Traplines; the first two, “Traplines” and “Dogs in Winter,” I found to be a bit bland, but “Contact Sports” the original basis for the later book Blood Sports is a fucking ride, and “Queen of the North” is cathartic and a joy to read as well.
One of the things I would note about Robinson’s writing is that it’s often as gripping as any thriller but also socially conscious and thought-provoking, regardless of whether or traplimes a reader immediately recognizes the context out of which Robinson is writing.
I would recommend her work to students of literature and self-described common folk alike. Apr 01, Gerhard rated it it was ok. This collection of four novellas from Canadian writer Eden Robinson received extravagant praise from critics and fellow-authors alike when it was first published in She was hailed as a young writer with enough literary promise to eventually become a Carol Shields or even an Alice Munro.
Now let me admit straightaway that I cannot for the life of me see what all the fuss was about. True enough, these stories highlight the plight of forgotten adolescents existing on a knife edge in a world o This collection of four novellas from Canadian writer Eden Robinson received extravagant praise from critics and fellow-authors alike when it was first published in True enough, these stories highlight the plight of forgotten adolescents existing on a knife edge in a world of narcotics, casual sex, uncaring parents and physical abuse — a world where worries about a telephone bill or the next rent payment are constant companions, where every second girl sports a purple or a pink Mohawk and where home-made tattoos are the norm.
I will be the first person to admit robinsonn the social conditions prevalent in these tales need to be spotlighted, and that Robinson have a right and a duty to tap into this substandard world. I will also go so far as to say that she brings this sometimes-alien milieu to rlbinson in images that have the power to move and to dismay in equal measure. But try as I might, I could not really engage with any of the characters to the extent that I could share in their pain and frustrations.
Of course, this is not the writer’s fault. I suspect that I am perhaps not part of the demographic of the book’s intended target audience. Fact is, I found some of the stories rather drawn-out and pointless. The best story in the collection is “Dogs in Winter”. Although I am at a loss as to why it is called that. Maybe I’m missing some vital reference here.
If I am, and all you sharp and attentive people haven’t, I apologize for my obtuseness. The story concerns itself with the unimaginable effect on a young robinskn of having a serial killer for a mother. What I like about this one, is the fact that Robinson tells it in a non-linear fashion. She gives us tantalizing flashes of key incidents without any attempt to spoon-feed the reader. The lack of chronology may be confusing and disorientating at first glance, but everything comes together with a very satisfying click — and even then, there are some questions purposely left unanswered that just add to the yraplines of it all.
I got the impression that this was perhaps intended as the high point of the collection. It started off intriguingly enough, with an epileptic robinsob school student awaiting the arrival of his older cousin — a young man who recently suffered a dishonorable discharge from the military and now on his way to Vancouver to find something else to do.
It was not very clear, at least to me, what exactly his purpose was — another example of my obtuseness. But although the narrative came on like a rampant lion, edwn soon resembled a little whipped cur with its tail between its legs.
Dobinson carried on for far too long and did not say all that much in the end. The remaining “novellas” — the title piece “Traplines” and the concluding story “Queen of the North” — had two more protagonists eking out intolerable existences in less than ideal circumstances. The first one featured a set of trplines not worthy of the name, while the second one was enhanced by a sadly-ironic ending.
Mar 20, Carla rated it liked it. Very few short stories in this collection. More of a novella. It was apparently combined or used for another book.
This BC noir First Nations writer has so many traplijes that I was daunted to trapines this book only three stars!
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I’m honest to a fault sometimes. I did enjoy the stories, but they didn’t have me hankering to hunt down everything she’s ever written. The stories were raw, sometimes funny, but just didn’t grab me like I thought they would. Nov 03, James Campbell rated it it was amazing. I friggin’ love this book. When I read it in uni, for whatever reason, it felt like one of the most honest and hard-hitting books I’d ever read.
I think I devoured it in one sitting. Robinson focuses squarely on issues relating to teenagers growing up in rural communities, specifically the simple fact that, no matter what bad things are happening to you, you have literally nowhere to go to get away, because you’re surrounded by nothing. Her spare and direct style drives this point into your gut I friggin’ love this book.
Her spare and direct style drives this point into your gut whenever you watch the characters sublimating themselves to their horrible situations because they have no way out. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I’ll take this story by story. I felt so sad and so frustrated that Will didn’t take advantage of this out being given to him for the sake of appearances. It didn’t make sense to be but it totally made sense to him.
It was just hard hitting and a good intro. Sort of tamer than the others but that was the point. We’re just warming up here. We read this in third year Canadian Literature and it is a harrowing tale of a girl who turned in her serial murderer mother. You see I’ll take this story by story. You see the same traits in her and she struggles to remain good.
It’s amazing and definitely one of my favourite short stories ever. Jeremy Rieger is one of the most fucked up character’s I’ve ever had the fortune or misfortune to meet in literature. He’s a cartoon and a real riot until you realise that you really shouldn’t be laughing at this lunatic’s antics. This one’s the longest story, almost a novella, and it keeps you clinging to the book until the very end. Queen of the North: This is the denouement of the collection but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t hit you as hard as the others.
Kareoke’s struggle to break out of this cycle of abuse, and Jimmy’s alluded entry into it makes me really want to see what happens on that boat when Jimmy and Uncle Josh are left alone together. This collection is amazing. Nov 02, Beth Chats Books rated it it was amazing. My brain is a wash with so many thoughts and feelings about this collection of short stories.
First and foremost each story packs an emotional punch.