The Garneau Block

The Garneau Block

Book - 2006
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Originally serialized in the "Edmonton Journal", Babiak's novel portrays the lives of the delightfully flawed residents of a fictional cul-de-sac in Edmonton's Garneau neighbourhood.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2006
Branch Call Number: FICTION BAB
Characteristics: 401 p. ; 23 cm


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An amusing story of wonderful personalities set in a local setting written by a local author with a smooth and satisfying writing style.

Sep 30, 2006

I was so surprised and excited to read about Edmonton in a novel, with all our foibles as a city, that when I first started this novel, I loved every word. Half way in, the honeymoon was definitely over. Boredom came on with the recorded dribs and drabs of our lives in black and white print reinforced my own bland existence. Coffee house visits, dull jobs with escapist fantasies, relationships that seem to drift on are all too true in life. What I craved was excitement! What I was dying to read about was not here. But I found, to my amazement, that this is what is true and the truth at the same time. Life is just so much driftwood, and we should be looking to distant shores and not at the debris that remains after the river moves on.


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Jul 25, 2018

Pregnant girl lives in her parent’s basement in a university block. Her father, one of the cheating professors,her gay best friend and the rich Indian neighbour try to fight the university when they find out the block is being sold to convert the land after one of the residents is shot by the police.
Good writing, amusing but a little too choppy and written like a playwright. Characters a little too exaggerated.

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