Sandra Beck (E–pub/E–book) ☆ John Lavery

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Sandra Beck review Ù 104 G tribute to a woman who is both present and absent on every pageWho is Sandra Beck She is a mother a wife a musician a manager; but too she is the ghost in the seat behind us always just outside the edges of easy description Her story is told in the voices of others namely her daughter the wordstruck and lovestruck Josee and her husband the police chief and TV personality P F Bastarache In. Never before have the words my happiness been said with so much genuine feeling that given the context the resulting tone could be nothing but sad Such is the case with Sandra Beck the first novel from author John LaveryKnown for his short fiction Lavery writes this novel with a similar conceit as a collective mosaic of memories that through a series of peripherals construct an emotional physical and sexual blueprint of the titular character Sandra Beck Because this book is Sandra s story from start to finish though she might refrain from ever stepping into the spotlight Instead we are treated to two divisive viewpointsFor the first uarter of the book we see Sandra and her world through the eyes of her daughter Jos e To Jos e Sandra is everything She is her happiness her world She is even everything a person should never be to one who loves them so completely not enough Never enough She is Jos e s life and is far removed from it at the same time Years skip back and forth like a record warped and we see the daughter s perspective change as she awakens sexually and moves away from the relatively constricted world of her parentsThe remaining three uarters of the book are from the mind of her husband Paul Francois PF as he s called often than not For the bulk of their lives Sandra and PF have flitted in and out of each other s circles coming together clashing moving apart and finding one another all over again With no destination in mind PF drives for nearly 200 pages through uebec back roads into Montreal with Sandra as a disembodied voice sitting in the backseat of his car We see the many ways and many places they might have met for the first time we witness the crimes PF has struggled to process as Chief of Police watched him struggle through an interrogation as thoughts of Sandra and her ordeal rifle through his head PF is a complex man a difficult to understand man as we cycle through the different epochs of his life and the varied measure of a man he has built himself into and all of it to service the memory of the woman he loved for most of his lifeSandra The mother the musician with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra who lost a foot to cancer a procedure which the book itself mirrored through the ones she uses to propel herself through life uses as a crutch by which the story circles at all times She s an enigma difficult to love impossible to forget and by the last pages of the book someone you wish you could get to know for even a few pages The story is not always clear and in some cases the diction proves difficult in establishing a rhythm but Sandra Beck is further evidence that some of the best work the most experimental work is coming out of Canada these days I ve been torn as to whether or not I should recommend this book knowing full well that it has a very specific audience and is most certainly not for everybody But in the end I have to throw my weight behind this title It really is like no other and in getting to know Sandra through the people that loved her I feel like I ve seen deeply into the heart of a character than any I ve read in a very long time

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Sandra Beck review Ù 104 A book that embraces paradox and defies the expected limits of what a novel can do language is at once a gleeful celebration and a crutch a trick Despite their keen investigative powers the testimony of Josee and her father is often untrustworthy even contradictory self interest hobbles their understanding Sandra herself becomes a crutch for them both a crutch they must learn to live without. Four and a half starsThe author writes from an obvious intelligence and insight of a searing uality He often holds the reader hostage in the dilemma of Am I reading fantasy now or is this reality or Is this reality within fantasy within reality Such deceptive tacticsHis use of language is exceptional He draws from the huge pool of vocabulary describing the mundane world to create a textural text eg that almost ambushes the readerHis slick hair was combed into two fenders over the wheels of his earsAnd then the animation of the mundanethe utterly bored uebec flag hanging limply behind herBoth fantasy and reality if the reader can identify them as such are heightened by the animation of objects of landscape of the environmentThe story often edges into dangerous sexual territory uite as though it were unexpected nothing unusual engaging the reader by both surprise and even complicityI won t say much about the device of enticing the reader to cast suspicion except that it s cleverThe seriously dark nature of the crime committed in this story slides underneath an elouent patter of reflection that always appears to attempt to disengage from responsibility not uite comedy though somehow nonchalant

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Sandra Beck review Ù 104 No writer in Canada today is in love with the English and French languages than John Lavery That love is gloriously reuited In inventive incantatory prose Sandra Beck his long awaited first novel paints a very unusual portrait of a lady This is a book about many things the struggling antics of adolescence the banal delusions of solitude the city of Montreal But it is above all a deeply movin. John Lavery s Sandra Beck is entrancing at times infuriating and ultimately unforgettable This applies to both the mercurial enigmatic titular character and the book of which she is the beating heart the central obsession and the puzzling then gaping then heart wrenching absenceWhat we do know fairly factually about Sandra Beck is that she is ravishingly beautiful musically gifted an indefatigable administrator for the Montreal Symphony and eually tireless about perambulating through the world on fiercely wielded crutches as the result of losing a foot to bone cancer The impressionistic portrait of the spirit of Sandra Beck is painted by the two people who love her most and perhaps know her least her jittery intense word besotted teenaged daughter Josee and her passionately devoted but bewildered husband Montreal police chief and television personality Paul Francois PF Bastarache who has known and been fascinated by Sandra since they were teenagers Josee s and PF s collective composition of Sandra Beck is both compelling and contradictory Josee sees Sandra as her consummate and ultimate happiness but one that radiates only cold and is often simply not there Josee s obsession with her mother overshadows everything so much so that the girl s troubling sexual initiation seems like a peculiar afterthought something with medical conseuences that she simply must recover from so that she can continue to strive to please her motherMisunderstandings between francophone and anglophone culture obdurate silences between Catholic and Protestant faiths and odd miscommunication and misreading between French and English the misapprehended phrase Visit Bill stands out vividly all seem to be precursors of the profound disconnection between Sandra Beck and her husband PF While PF struggles to understand Sandra and give her personal and psychic space while still feeling consumed by her powerful presence and wanting to support her particularly during her recovery from the surgery to remove her foot he despairs Sometimes I wonder if I m listening in the same language she s talking inThe first uarter of the book told from Josee s point of view is uneven somewhat ueasy and seemingly a little too captivated with its own wordplay although that could be as much an accurate depiction of a bright troubled teenager as it is lack of discipline on Lavery s part It s worth pointing out however as that may be the point in the book where some readers might give up on the book However Sandra Beck swiftly gains momentum and gathers emotional resonance as soon as PF s voice takes over PF traces tenderly the milestones of the life of the woman he has known off and on an odd but increasingly poignant phrase throughout his life He starts to mingle those memories with eually striking reminiscences about his career in law enforcement PF is haunted by the victims of and suspects in crimes he has assisted in investigating and that becomes entwined with an almost overpowering sense of Sandra Beck s presence in an empty car seat as PF drives and unspools stories and memories in an extended scene PF s revelatory memory of the real life cole Polytechniue massacre is devastating and then that shock builds to a stunning emotionally lacerating crescendo yes the perfect musical metaphor to link to the mysterious and beloved Sandra BeckAlthough it is juxtaposed with thoughts and memories of his wife PF s contemplations about his life in law enforcement unto themselves vividly capture the impact of violent crime on those who examine crime scenes and help seek justice for victims In contrast to the numbing litany and inventory of death in Roberto Bolano s 2666 which has its own kind of power in sheer numbers but is grindingly inhuman PF s insights are shockingly intimate but humanizing in that very unsettling intimacy As he observes Having spent the day tramping through the swamp of the vilest human conduct imaginable he was in an over extended state of brittle nervousness which neither gentility nor prayer had managed to appeaseWhat Sandra Beck the book seems to conclude is that neither love nor desire nor compassion nor even acute powers of vigilance and observation are ever going to give you the complete picture of another person or solve the mystery that is another human being However this strangely bewitching book manages to couch that in a way that is not pessimistic Although we have not learned as much as we would like to about Sandra Beck we have learned a great deal about passionate unconditional love that does not need to know all to love all


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    characters Ê PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ John Lavery Sandra Beck (E–pub/E–book) ☆ John Lavery Unfortunately I read this too long ago and gave away my copy to write a decent review My memory tells me the language was arresting and the story compelling This isn't an easy book to navigate as you can't be su

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  • Paperback
  • 272
  • Sandra Beck
  • John Lavery
  • English
  • 14 July 2019
  • 9780887842566