The Lesser Blessed by Richard Van CampThe Lesser Blessed by Richard Van Camp

The Lesser Blessed

byRichard Van Camp

Paperback | February 27, 2016

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Internationally praised and the subject of a critically acclaimed film, Richard Van Camp’s bestselling novel about coming of age in Canada’s North has achieved the status of an Indigenous classic and it was included in CBC’s list of 100 novels that make you proud to be Canadian. This special 20th anniversary edition features a new introduction from the author, as well as two short stories that follow the lives of the novel’s main characters.

The Lesser Blessed tracks the exploits of Larry Sole, a Dogrib teenager living in the small Northern town of Fort Simmer. After losing much of his memory in a violent accident, what he loves more than anything is reading, hearing and collecting stories. With no interest in booze or sports, he floats on the edges of high school life, sustained by his love of Iron Maiden and a hopeless passion for school hottie Juliet Hope. When good-looking, trouble-seeking Johnny Beck moves into town, he shakes up Larry’s dreamy existence and leads him into a life of sex, drugs and violence, bringing him face to face with memories that he's done his best to lose.

An internationally renowned storyteller and best-selling author, Richard Van Camp was born in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, and is a member of the Dogrib (Tlicho) Dene Nation. He acted as a cultural consultant for CBC Television’s North of 60. A graduate of the En’owkin School of Writing in Penticton, he completed his Bachelor of...
Title:The Lesser BlessedFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8.5 × 5.57 × 0.49 inPublished:February 27, 2016Publisher:Douglas And McIntyre (2013) Ltd.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1771621133

ISBN - 13:9781771621137


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not my thing.... If I wasn't required to read this book for school, I would have put it down on page 5 and never picked it up again. This book did not grab my attention at all, good thing its only like 130 pages or it would have been even harder to get through. The whole time I was reading, I kept telling myself, 'only x number of pages to go'. Life is to short to read bad books. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Confusing and vague The book brings to light some very dark and real issues which is great, however, I found the writing to be confusing and the events to be unorganized. The book was vague because the reader is meant to discover the truth while reading but It just made the reading seem like a chore.
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I recommend this book! This book did not take long to read, but it packed a powerful message with an interesting narrative. I highly recommend it if you want to become more empathetic of the impact of that Residential School survivors and the generations after them are experiencing.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Real and newcessary storytelling I grew up in Fort Smith, Richard Van Camp's hometown, and I see so much of our home in the setting of 'The Lesser Blessed'. I also see so much of myself, my peers, my antagonists and bullies in Van Camp's characters and stories. Van Camp's writing can be lyrical at time, like he'd rather tell you this story over a fire, but his writing is also evocative and gripping. He weaves characters and stories that you want to be closer to, and you will find yourself inside their world. He doesn't shy away from the darker side of reality, but the vision of the world he presents is profoundly optimistic. 'The Lesser Blessed' was banned in my grade 8 class but should be required reading for every Canadian. This is a story that has truths all over the country, and we should no longer pass whispers but share this pain and this healing.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So profoundly sad I loved this book, it was a very emotional story that leaves you feeling different in the end. I'm happy that I read it, yet mad that it is a reality for so many. #PlumReview
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tragic This is a short book that packs a powerful punch. Should be required reading for every Canadian.
Date published: 2016-11-19