I Was There the Night He Died

I Was There the Night He Died

I Was There the Night He Died Ray Robertson is an irrepressible voice with brass balls and a heart of gold I Was There the Night He Died is a hilarious moving insightful and timely piece of modern realism delightfully void o

  • Title: I Was There the Night He Died
  • Author: Ray Robertson
  • ISBN: 9781927428696
  • Page: 122
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ray Robertson is an irrepressible voice, with brass balls, and a heart of gold I Was There the Night He Died is a hilarious, moving, insightful, and timely piece of modern realism, delightfully void of literary pretension Here, at last, is a novel that rocks and rolls Jonathan Evison, author of The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving So, she says Who died tonight S Ray Robertson is an irrepressible voice, with brass balls, and a heart of gold I Was There the Night He Died is a hilarious, moving, insightful, and timely piece of modern realism, delightfully void of literary pretension Here, at last, is a novel that rocks and rolls Jonathan Evison, author of The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving So, she says Who died tonight Sam Samson, meet Samantha Sam s a novelist his dad has Alzheimer s, his mother died of stroke, his wife was killed seventeen months ago in a car crash Samantha, eighteen, is a cutter She lives across the street from Sam s parents house Marijuana and loneliness spark an unlikely friendship, which Sam finds hard to navigate, especially as his dad s condition worsens and the money for his care suddenly vanishes Yet somehow, between a record player and a park bench, through late night conversations about the deaths of Sam s musical heroes, and ultimately through each other, Sam and Samantha learn to endure the things they fear most.Starring a 40 something writer who stumbles through the small town he thought he d left behind forever, and a marooned teenager who wishes she were anywhere else, I Was There The Night He Died is a saucy, swaggering look at loss, love, and the redeeming power of music in the twenty first century.Praise for Ray Robertson,A Women s National Book Association Great Group Reads Author, 2013Shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Prize, 2011and the Trillium Prize, 2008 Ray Robertson is the Jerry Lee Lewis of North American Letters Chuck Kinder, author of Honeymooners Both playful and profound, laced with insight from music to history, politics to literature, high to low culture National Post Robertson s art is as character driven as Mordecai Richler s he wants us all to behave better and doesn t care who he angers along the way Globe and Mail

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    Though everything about the line of this story could have made it a maudlin tale, it is not. 44-year-old Sam Samson, whose wife has recently and unexpectedly passed away, is writing a book about dead musicians when he returns to his small (40,000 which isn’t exactly small in my book) Canadian hometown to tend to his father who is in the late stages of Alzheimer’s, also forcing Sam to sell his childhood home. Robertson provides pure levity to all this through the quirkiness of small town life [...]

    I've read a few too many books lately about dying parents or with parents who have recently died but I'm not sure any of them have had the touch that Ray Robertson has. He is funny - no doubt - and there was delight in the fact that this book highlights small town Ontario, but there were moments in this book that are going to stay in my memory forever. Sentences that made me laugh or just marvel that each word was chosen so specifically. Not just memorable sentences about his father, or describi [...]

    Loved it. Wonderfully weird, meditative, thoughtful, clever, and undoubtedly Canadian. Reminiscent of Rob Sheffield's Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time and Angus Cargill's Hang the DJ: An Alternative Book of Music Lists--so much great music, so many things I want to hear, scrawled on the back and in the margins of my bookmark. There's also some Tom Perrotta (most obviously like The Wishbones but also the heartbroken wistfulness of Little Children) with a sprinkling of Nick Ea [...]

    I would expect a book that looked death in the eye to be maudlin, but "I Was There the Night He Died" was fresh, funny and poignant. It touched a note on several levels – revisiting childhood haunts, sifting through the detritus of a life, and the universality of acknowledging and accepting our flaws and foibles, as well as those of the family and friends around us. But I hold dearest the desire the author created to run to my record collection and revisit old musical friends, especially Willi [...]

    Interesting Quotes:"[W]ithout a dog at the end of the bed cramping you feet and a woman to fight with over the blankets, a bed can be a very uncomfortable place.""[T]he funnier a person is, the more intelligent they're likely to be. [] Tragedy without comedy is like a brain without a heart.""[K]nowing isn't feeling, and feeling, as everyone knows, is how we really come to know something."

    I must admit that I've read every Ray Robertson and love his writing style. We're also from the same era though not the same towns. His writing always speaks to me. I read this almost straight through enjoying his passion for music, his style, and the heartbreaking truths he has to deal with. Another great novel I hope to have time in life to re-read.

    Liked it a lot. Met this author giving him a lift to a reading gone awry in Hamilton, Ontario. His reading intrigued me so I bought. Glad I did! A fresh author with a light yet sensitive voice. I'm from a small Northern town and totally enjoyed this return home.

    I enjoyed this book - it follows the recovery process through grief of a 44-year-old man and his realizations about life. It is set in Chatham, ON so that part made the book more interesting to me.

    Well done Mr. Robertson! An admirable capture of a Chatham of the early 21st century, townies and out of townies. And a really nice finish - an authentic nod to Tracy Nelson.

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