Long Change

Long Change

A Novel

Book - 2015
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Fleeing his violent, Pentecostal father as well as a crime he committed in the parking lot of the first bar he ever entered, Ritt Devlin leaves Texas at fifteen, crossing the border into Alberta. The vision that drives Ritt throughout his life is to drill in pristine Arctic waters, and he pulls it off. But then comes the inevitable disaster. Ritt, now in his eighties, is not the man he was in any sense of the word. As he staggers away from the scene of the disaster, through the Arctic night, we know the dream of oil and of his own company is also burning in the night.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, Random House Canada,, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780345814142
Characteristics: 353 pages ;,24 cm.

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celerius
Jan 27, 2016

Excellent novel. Captures the environmental and economic dynamics of oil, as well as capturing the psychology of individuals who live in and direct that world. Information about oil was brought to life by characters and story, so without being didactic I learned about oil.

Loved the novel so much that I read his novel "Mount Pleasant".

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rpavlacic
Sep 10, 2015

One should rarely pay attention to the "advance praise" back cover or introductory pages of a work of fiction, in particular if one of the people promoting the book is a winner of the Doris Giller prize for fiction, and another author made the short list for the award. I have read far better books about winning and losing on the oil patch and the intrigue involved within. The situations, stretching from the 1950s to the present day and dealing with bonanzas from Alberta to Canada's far north to the former Soviet Union, are based on a sense of reality, but the plot comes off as flaky at best. I would recommend the series currently being put out by Gwen Florio as a much more engaging alternative.

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