Posted by: kimmeroo | February 7, 2013

Book Review: The Garneau Block

I just finished reading The Garneau Block by Todd Babiak and really enjoyed it so thought I’d do a quick review.

The Garneau Block

The official description of the book is:

“The Garneau Block follows the knowable citizens of the adored and hated city of Edmonton, capturing what we connect to in local stories and what is universal about modern life. Here, in what can only be described as a storytelling tour-de-force, we meet the warm, endearing, and delightfully flawed residents of a fictional cul-de-sac in the city’s Garneau neighbourhood just after the scandalous death of a neighbour and the sudden news that their land is about to be repossessed by the university.

When mysterious signs begin to appear duct-taped to trees saying only LET’S FIX IT, the block – including a sacked university professor, a once-ambitious, knocked-up haiku expert living in her parents’ basement, an aging actor whose dreams are slipping away, and a quiet but polite stranger – is galvanized to band together in a wild attempt to save their homes. And when regular people put their dreams in motion, anything can happen – namely, political machinations, personal revelations, a public uproar, and unforeseen love.”

And here are my thoughts:

It was a quick and easy read, but not a frivolous, mindless book at all (not that there’s anything wrong with those!). The character developmeont was great, which really draws me into a book. The book was pretty humourous, but at the same time made you think about modern society – our values, the way we live, the way we relate to each other, etc. So easy to read, humorous, yet thought provoking! Win-win-win.

All told, I would most definitely recommend the book.

Have you read The Garneau Block? What did you think?


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