400 pages, 8.23 × 5.72 × 1.01 in
January 13, 2004
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0385659717
ISBN - 13: 9780385659710
Read from the Book
BreedingoneTwo creatures laid claim to a pasture. One, a large white dog, sat in the swaying grass not too far from a plundering brood of hungry geese. The dog, oblivious to the bobbing black necks, kept his steady, attentive eyes on a corral nearby, from which strange but soothing sounds trickled out.The other creature stood on two legs and remained so still that a few of the geese, unimpressed by what could have been a scarecrow, came much closer than they should have. He had glanced over when the geese arrived but his attention, like the white dog’s, was on something else. His head tilted back, he stared up at the sky, looking to the north, sniffing the air.It was not cold enough yet for him to need a headband but he wore one anyway. On his right hand was a brilliantly coloured ski glove, on his left a dull-grey woollen mitten.Suddenly his right arm swung freely until his left hand caught it and pulled it across his chest. His right foot dragged as he limped a few steps and stopped.His erratic movement created a stir in the brood. The dominant female scampered forward and took flight, her long neck, sturdy as a steel pipe, motionless as her giant wings propelled her forward. The rest quickly followed. The sound of her honking brought many replies and for a moment the sky was filled with their sounds. These became but a distant, haunting echo as the geese slowly dissolved into a single dot on the horizon.Except for a strong breeze blowing through the blades of grass, everyt
From the Publisher
From the author of the internationally acclaimed The African Safari Papers comes a story of a man caught between civic responsibility and sweet revenge.
Meet Fred Pickle. He has a severe brain injury. For the past seven years Fred has lived under the loving guardianship of his uncle Jack on his sheep farm. Fred’s annual creation of a perfect neighbourhood rink is a joyous quasi-religious ritual for him. And his local NHL team means more to him than it would to the average fan; it renews hope and happiness.
So when the team’s owner announces he is moving the team, Fred’s world begins to fall apart. Torn between the law-abiding influence of Uncle Jack and the radical urgings of Badger, an 81-year-old anarchist, Fred must decide whether a plot of vengeance against the owner is a path to independence or oblivion.
The Horn of a Lamb charts an unforgettable year in the life of the incomparable Fred Pickle, a year that begins with the promise of another hockey season, and ends in a way few could have foreseen -- especially the lambs.
About the Author
Robert Sedlack was born and raised in Calgary. His first novel, The African Safari Papers, has been published in numerous languages and was chosen by The Globe and Mail as a Best Book of 2001. He lives unhappily in Los Angeles, winters joyfully in Jasper, Alberta, and has completed a television movie for CTV.
“Until The Horn of a Lamb, no Canadian novelist has documented so intimately and authentically the ongoing creation of popular cultural myth by people telling that set of stories about hockey over bad coffee in donut shops and arena corridors. Sedlack is as fastidious a narrator as Dickens or Hugo.” -- The Globe and Mail
Praise for The African Safari Papers:
“Robert Sedlack has written a spectacular first novel. Hysterically funny and darkly comic. I devoured The African Safari Papers. I want his second novel now.” -- Rick Mercer
"Robert Sedlack is a writer worth watching. Like his narrator, he is articulate, cheeky and, in the best sense, dangerous. Above all, he knows how to keep a reader reading. More please!" --Timothy Findley