The Lesser Blessed

The Lesser Blessed

eBook - 2016
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Over 10, 000 copies sold in Canada! The 20th-anniversary edition of Richard Van Camp's best-selling coming-of-age story, with a new introduction and story by the author. Larry is a Dogrib Indian growing up in the small northern town of Fort Simmer. His tongue, his hallucinations and his fantasies are hotter than the center of the sun. At sixteen, he loves Iron Maiden, the North and Juliet Hope, the high school tramp. "In this powerful and very funny first novel, Richard Van Camp gives us one of the most original teenage characters in Canadian fiction. Skinny as spaghetti, nervy and self-deprecating, Larry is an appealing mixture of bravado and vulnerability. His past holds many terrors: an abusive father, blackouts from sniffing gasoline, an accident that killed several of his cousins and he's now being hunted and haunted by a pack of blue monkeys. But through his new friendship with Johnny, a Metis who just moved to town, he's now ready to face his memories and his future. The Lesser Blessed is an eye-opening depiction of what it is to be a young Dogrib man in the age of AIDS, disillusionment with Catholicism and a growing world consciousness.
Publisher: [United States] : D & M Publishers : Made available through hoopla, 2016.
ISBN: 1771621141
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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Aug 06, 2013

Its a good book. While I can't say that I like the ending, it does show the realistic side of things, as well as teaching me some important lessons. A must-read.

Tyler J Lines
May 30, 2012

If I pick up another copy of this book again will you sign it again for me Richard? Can't wait to see the movie! I think that I will actually read this book again before I go see the movie.

Oct 13, 2011

This is a great book, that makes you think.

Oct 12, 2011

this makes a total of 3 books I will not finish reading.

I do admit that the writing style is very sophisticated and entertaining.

quagga Nov 21, 2009

It is rare for me to read a book more than once, no matter how much I like it, because there are so many other great books calling out to me. When I do re-read, however, it feels like a treat. Especially when it is a fabulous book like The Lesser Blessed.

It's a skinny little book (119 pages) about a skinny teenager named Larry Sole. Much like Larry, who hides big secrets inside his burn-scarred body, the story contains mysteries. Larry's humorous first person voice is part of what makes this book memorable. Escaping a tragic past, Larry and his mother have recently moved to Fort Simmer (a thinly-disguised Fort Smith) in the NWT. They are of the Tlicho (Dogrib) Nation. Larry is a virgin and he is obsessed with sex. He has a particular fascination with doing it doggie style. He also has the hots for Juliet Hope: "I adored her seven dreams deep." But Juliet is Johnny Beck's girlfriend. And Johnny is Larry's best friend. Or is he? Larry's entry into adulthood takes place amid violence and substance abuse.


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Larry Sole is a member of the Tlicho (Dogrib) Nation in the Northwest Territories. He's in high school. He's skinny. He listens to rock music. He's in love.


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