Alligator by Lisa MooreAlligator by Lisa Moore


byLisa Moore

Paperback | June 1, 2006

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Lisa Moore's Alligator gives dramatic birth to a new kind of fiction: North Atlantic Gothic. The story moves with the swiftness of a gator in attack mode through the lives of a group of brilliantly rendered characters in contemporary St. John's, Newfoundland-- a city whose spiritual location is somewhere in the heart of Flannery O'Connor country. Its denizens jostle each other in uneasy arabesques of desire, greed, lust, and ambition, juxtaposed with a yearning for purity, depth, and redemption. Meet Madeleine, the driven aging filmmaker whose mission is to complete a Bergmanesque magnum opus before she dies; Frank, a young man of innocence and determination whose life is a strange anthology of unpredictable dangers; Valentin, the sociopathic Russian refugee whose predatory tendencies threaten everyone he encounters; and Colleen, at seventeen a hard-edged female Holden Caulfield, drawn inexorably to the places where alligators thrive. In these pages humanity is a bizarre combination of the reptilian and the saintly. Listen to its heartbeat, and be moved -- and delighted.
Lisa Moore is the acclaimed author of the novels Caught, February, and Alligator. Caught was a finalist for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and the Scotiabank Giller Prize and is now a major CBC television series starring Allan Hawco. February won CBC's Canada Reads competition, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and was ...
Title:AlligatorFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.44 × 0.81 inPublished:June 1, 2006Publisher:House Of Anansi Press IncLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0887847552

ISBN - 13:9780887847554

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from A bit disjointed The story is told through different characters as they switch off each chapter. I really couldn't get into it. Yes, they all had one "thing" in common, but it wasn't enough to keep the story flowing well.
Date published: 2018-04-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from had a hard time really tried to like this style of writing but had to put it down - did not flow
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from So so I picked this book up because I'm trying to read more Canadian literature but I really didn't like this. I had to force myself to continue reading and wished I had not spent the money to purchase it. I would not recommend it.
Date published: 2012-01-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Neither love it nor hate it. I really wanted to love this story - I have a particular affinity for Canadian writers and stories. And while I did enjoy it, I had a hard time getting into it. Generally I love stories told from various different intertwining viewpoints. But in this case, I think it prevented me from really getting to know any individual character, and I had to force myself to keep reading in order to get back to the characters I was more drawn to. I wouldn't tell anyone to rush out and read this story, but I also wouldn't stop anyone either. It's a story with lots of symbolism, and who doesn't love a Canadian backdrop! I can't help but think that if I was in a different mindset, I would have LOVED this story. So I think I will try another Lisa Moore story, as I think she deserves a second chance from me!
Date published: 2011-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful images and brilliant construction Ms. Moore's novel 'Alligator' has moments of brilliance. She creates a cadre of memorable characters and then proceeds to playfully dance around them with exceptional language. She creates scenes and images with a vigour that I haven't read in quite some time. For a first novel it is brilliant inspite of a slightly ho-hum ending.
Date published: 2006-07-20

Editorial Reviews

"...reads like the literary version of some artfully arranged visual collage." - Michael Posner, Globe and Mail"...superb... While the number of seemingly disparate plots is initially confusing, paths cross in unexpected, satisfying ways." - Entertainment Weekly"...compelling and rewarding...surprisingly emotional, rich with human feeling and insight. Moore has a keen ear for both dialogue and a well-turned phrase, and the writing is suffused with a reckless joy..." - Robert J. Wiersema, Quill & Quire"Lisa Moore is an astonishing writer. She brings to her pages what we are always seeking in fiction and only find in the best of it: a magnetizing gift for revealing how the earth feels, looks, tastes, smells, and an unswerving instinct for what's important in life." - Richard Ford"Alligator is full of visual detail, abrupt cuts, and startling juxtapositions. Moore switches effortlessly from topic to topic, scene to scene, past to present, and one perspective to another, as one might switch channels on a television. Fittingly, the novel achieves just what Madeleine proposes her documentaries offer: an unexpected story, a strong message, at least one belly laugh." - Canadian Literature"... a remarkable, heartfelt story..." - 2 Magazine