Son of A Trickster

Son of A Trickster

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Everyone knows a guy like Jared: the burnout kid in high school who sells weed cookies and has a scary mom who's often wasted and wielding some kind of weapon. Jared does smoke and drink too much, and he does make the best cookies in town, and his mom is a mess, but he's also a kid who has an immense capacity for compassion and an impulse to watch over people more than twice his age, and he can't rely on anyone for consistent love and support, except for his flatulent pit bull, Baby Killer (he calls her Baby)--and now she's dead. Jared can't count on his mom to stay sober and stick around to take care of him. He can't rely on his dad to pay the bills and support his new wife and step-daughter. Jared is only sixteen but feels like he is the one who must stabilize his family's life, even look out for his elderly neighbours. But he struggles to keep everything afloat... and sometimes he blacks out. And he puzzles over why his maternal grandmother has never liked him, why she says he's the son of a trickster, that he isn't human. Mind you, ravens speak to him--even when he's not stoned. You think you know Jared, but you don't.
Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780345810786
Branch Call Number: ROBIN
Characteristics: 316 pages ; 24 cm.

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JessicaGma Jan 16, 2018

It's a different read, and I had no idea it has been Giller nominated when I saw it suggested. I'll be curious to see where the story goes if it is indeed part of a larger trilogy. I liked the mix of realism and magic, and Jared is stuck trying to navigate the two. I'll definitely pick up sequels!

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squib Dec 25, 2017

On the surface this seems one thing, as the story progresses, it becomes something else, and by the end, I'm not entirely sure what this story is. It's more complex than it appears, and doesn't wrap up all its narrative threads in a neat little package (why should it?).
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ontherideau Jul 08, 2017

There must be a good story in here however the constant substance abuse and coarse language is tedious.


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bellasonya
Jan 19, 2020

I read Monkey Beach years ago and I quite enjoyed it but I really didn’t enjoy this book for a variety of reasons. I’m surprised that it has such good reviews as I honestly thought it was terrible and I forced myself to finish it. First, it’s a book that is mostly made up of dialogue and I found that very annoying. Also, the book introduces so many different characters and that made it difficult to follow. Then there’s the magical realism piece that starts happening half way through the novel. It started so late in the game so it was just very confusing. It’s also very unrealistic as Jared is in grade 10 but the way he speaks and the relationships he has are way beyond what a 16 year old is actually like. The sex scenes with the 16 year old kids really grossed me out and the sexual talk his mom/step dad participated in that was done in front of Jared was distasteful to say the least. There was nothing redeeming about the abusive mother and I did not sympathize with her at all. Basically Son of a Trickster was a bad and disturbing read and it is most definitely not for teens.

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KayDodo
Nov 24, 2019

Such a cool book, very dark and quite serious at times. I was so excited to find out that this is part of a trilogy, I want to know more about Jareds Trickster heritage!

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spudwil
Sep 21, 2019

Well written and funny at times, but I was confused when the supernatural characters were introduced. Were they "real" or a figment of Jared's drug induced paranoia? I couldn't tell. I know the author is Indigenous, but I find so many books about Indigenous people are based on alcohol and substance abuse, which is so stereotypical and not reflective of their culture and fascinating history. At least it ended on a hopeful note. I'm pulling for Jared!

STPL_JessH Sep 13, 2019

This is a difficult book to read because Jared's life is beyond difficult. Robinson's writing is so compelling and this book has real staying power. I loved the integration of beasts and beauty with moments of squalor. This is not a clear right and wrong or "good guy/bad guy" novel. Robinson's characters are hurting and the relationships they share are both complicated and complex. It's not as simple as having sympathy for a character because really, this is a much deeper exploration of empathy. The stunning cover reflects the imagery and the mystery Robinson's writing holds.

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DonnaMeness
Feb 02, 2019

Good story ...similar to Rhymes for Young Ghouls.,,in explaining issues brought up in the previous comments.

for people interested in further research read Doug Boyd: writes about Rolling Thunder & Mad Bear Anderson..

too bad none of you knew Ernie Benedict or Albert Lightening or William Commanda.

SCL_Justin Jan 17, 2019

This is a good first book in a trilogy, if you're looking for an urban fantasy with first nations themes, but one that feels like a real (or at least a CanLit version of real) life. I really liked how this book had a slow burn of the fantasy elements. You get almost a third of the way through a story of a kid's crappy teenage life before things start getting weird. And because of the way Jared lives, it's easy to side with him when he sees that talking raven as a bad acid reaction.

The ending was not so strong, but chalk that up to the "first in a trilogy" factor. I'm interested in seeing where the story goes.

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alibraryguy
Jan 10, 2019

This was just plain terrible. A rather depressing look at an indigenous teen, Jared, living a hell-hole existence in Kitimat, BC. An unrelenting account of family dysfunction, drug abuse, alcoholism and poverty. And to top it all off, a hodge-podge, convoluted and ridiculous bit of folklore/magical realism thrown in to make it even more insufferable. Nothing redeeming about this novel -- the odds of Jared getting sober, given his environment, was nothing short of miraculous.

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uncommonreader
Jun 29, 2018

Eden Robinson is a wonderful, and very funny, writer. I liked this story in which the 16 year old is the only one who holds it together. However, it seemed to get a little silly near the end.

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mclarjh
Apr 02, 2018

I would have never borrowed this book if I knew in advance it was the first in a trilogy, and I'll certainly not read the following two parts. This could have been a teenage superhero or fantasy comic book. But it is too dismal, cynical, and foul to recommend to any teenager I know. Mediocre writing, limited vocabulary.

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shakticat
Mar 22, 2018

Enjoyed this book so much, it was riveting, poetic and spoke on many levels about a young teen, his story, his experiences and loved the magical scenes that this author exposes us the reader to. It was chilling and sad then dives deep - take a chance on this novel.

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vickiz
Nov 12, 2017

Jared hadn't thought anything could be worse than almost being eaten by otters, but he was wrong.

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