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Punishement is told by Tony Breau MacMillan , a recently retired prison officer Tony was involved in quelling a prison riot at Kingston Penetentiary in 2000 He finds himself at odds with his colleagues but follows the directive of his superior as to when to intervene in the situation As a result one of the prisoners dies and Tony again finds himself at odds when he tells the truth at the inquiry which follows With his life in danger as much from the prisoners as from his now discredited superior he is encouraged to take an early retirement This leads him back to his home town of St Ninian where he takes up residence.Tony is just settling in when a local girl is found dead and the accused Dwayne Strickland turns out to be a former prisoner whom Tony has been acquainted with and has helped counsel in the past Both Tony and Dwayne were adopted as children and in this small town in the maritimes neither was really accepted by the wider community Tony has been gone since he left for university and made a life for himself Dwayne has always been the bad boy and found himself locked up and here he is again locked up.Tony gets drawn into the investigation of Maymie s death by his previous association with Dwayne and Caddy, the girl s grandmother Caddy and Tony had been sweet on each other when they were younger but she cut off the relationship without really saying why after Tony was at university Tony is still drawn to Caddy and torn as to how to react to the circumstances.The tight knit community of St Ninian rallies around Caddy against Dwayne The opposition to Dwayne in the community is most evident from Neil Archie MacDonald, a retired police officer from Boston Neil like Tony was encouraged to retire after an incident on the job Neil is another local boy who made it good while away and is now back in town Neil is nothing if not vocal and angry at the system, and not beyond seeking his own solutions to problems.This was an interesting insight into a side of society that most of us never experience and into the dangers that come when vengeance replaces reason Punishment kept me turning the pages but left me feeling I wanted at the end I hope that will come in the second volume of the trilogy. A page turner with twists turns, am I reading the same book everyone else is 2 1 2 stars at best I read 200 pages and still didn t give a s t about Tony or the town Go to the store, pick up papers, ignore the gossip, drop by to visit, go home, walk the dog, drink whiskey, watch the weather, go to bed, start over the next day In the last 60 pages stuff unfolds but by then my heart is not in it I did not care. Read Ebook ☣ Punishment ☤ In Punishment, His First Novel Since Completing His Long Stretch Trilogy, Scotiabank Giller Winner Linden MacIntyre Brings Us A Powerful Exploration Of Justice And Vengeance, And The Peril That Ensues When Passion Replaces Reason, In A Small Town Shaken By A Tragic DeathForced To Retire Early From His Job As A Corrections Officer In Kingston Penitentiary, Tony Breau Has Limped Back To The Village Where He Grew Up To Lick His Wounds, Only To Find That Dwayne Strickland, A Young Con He D Had Dealings With In Prison Is Back There Too And Once Again In Trouble Strickland Has Just Been Arrested Following The Suspicious Death Of A Teenage Girl, The Granddaughter Of Caddy Stewart, Tony S First LoveTony Is Soon Caught In A Fierce Emotional Struggle Between The Outcast Strickland And The Still Alluring Caddy And Then Another Figure From Tony S Past, The Forceful Neil Archie MacDonald Just Retired In Murky Circumstances From The Boston Police Force Stokes The Community S Anger And Suspicion And An Irresistible Demand For Punishment As Tony Struggles To Resist The Vortex Of Vigilante Action, Punishment Builds Into A Total Page Turner That Blindsides You With Twists And Betrayals MacIntyre at the top of his game This book was one of the best I ve read in many a long year The book is set in a small maritime Canadian town in and around 2001, The story is about a 55 year old man by the name of Tony Breau who returns home to the town where he grew up after an absence of 4 decades Tony has suffered a lot of changes in his life He has left his job of thirty years because of an incident that happened at the prison he was working in, and his wife of twenty years has left him Tony finds himself falling back into the community where he grew up, and he reacquaints himself with old friends and acquaintances as well as old romantic interests The pull of the community is strong and the majority of the people welcome Tony back with open arms Then a tragedy occurs which brings an old acquaintance, who happens to be a former inmate, back into Tony s life Things get messier and messier as Tony is forced to reexamine his values, his sense of justice and the consequences of retaliation and vengeance We follow Tony as he wrestles with his conscience and while he tries to reconcile past actions and tries to assimilate present actions Everything he believes in and holds dear is brought into question The book rockets on at an incredible pace with so many twists, turns and surprises that I couldn t put it down I read the book at a breakneck pace, but now I m at a loss because I ve finished There is so much to think about and rehash in my mind after this one MacIntyre is a novelist of extraordinary skills, and this book is one that I recommend most heartily It s totally awesome. I love any book that makes reference to the East Coast and this is no different Set in Nova Scotia, this is a thriller that will have you turning pages non stop near the end A few surprises in the last few pages as well. I couldn t put this down It s a story of betrayal and small town corruption No good deed of the hero s seems to go unpunished Until the last page It was a slow read for me, at first, and then the interest heightened.Although I did not learn anything new from it it did make me think about different personal situations, the reality of them, etc.For eg., Caddy and Tony s relationshipin romantic novels they may have fallen into each other s arms etc In this novel it s not so simple A whole life happened before they saw each other again Lots of hurt feelings are still in the air, and other issues in their own lives to resolve.I liked the Nova Scotia landscape described, and the life lived in these small Canadian towns. Part of an interview by Atlantic Monthly, of Linden MacIntyre, November, 2014 The same moral imperatives and the same materialistic motivation applied to the large global situation in 2002 2003 in reality and the small microcosm situation that I imagined in a little place in the middle of nowhere, where there s this notion that by eliminating a negative presence in a community, you have made the community safe and you have protected important values and principles Even if in doing so you have offended the most fundamental principles that keep the society safe and make it work properly, which are the principles of justice and how sometimes an obsession with law and order causes us to become a little bit blind when it comes to the fundamental principles of justice itself And this is what happens in the book You have an emotional response to a situation, you have it exploited by an individual with a very strong point of view, you have a scapegoat, and you have a disaster And you have all of that happening on a global scale at the same time It sort of came to me in a flash and I realized this is a book that I have to write down Or it s going to drive me crazy Reading this interview changed my perspective somewhat after the fact on Punishment, the latest novel by Canadian author Linden MacIntyre His point of view and sincerity imbued the novel with a passion and energy which, unfortunately, I felt little of in the story itself The fly leaf guarantees a page turner It s not exactly riveting, although the angst, depression and sorrowful contemplation of buggered up lives did have me skimming and flipping those pages to find out where each new set of thoughts led our characters Sometimes, in my haste, the past and present were misidentified so that I did have to go back and read carefully to figure out when some rather hazy transitions occurred I really dislike muddle with POV setting and thought It is a depressing book a young woman has been murdered has she by an ex con he is one , and the small Nova Scotia town hates that he came back to where he was adopted and raised Tony Breau, former corrections officer, has also returned to the home town, marriage a bust and forced to retire due to circumstances which related to Strickland in prison Tony s high school sweetheart is the grandmother of the dead girl and the class bully, no longer safe on the Boston police force, is now running a BB with his wife The relationships are intense, complicated and almost incestuous in their small town tribal nature One thing leads to another which leads to another which Personally, I found myself unable to relate on any basis as the life tales intertwined, repeated themselves and trudged on bleakly Linden MacIntyre is masterful with language But this book is S L O W going for one promised by the publishers to blindsideyou with twists and betrayals As for the ending no punch there either, which watered down the metaphilosophy intended by this story and reduced the characters dimension I feel that if the story is meant to deliver a powerful message, a definitive ending is important However, I am the reader Said Linden MacIntyre, You know what, somebody buys a book it becomes their property The story becomes a story that they will figure out, interpret and carry in their minds in a form that s not always what I would have expected Or is not always what another reader would necessarily share In this particular book there are two aspects at the end that are left unresolved The unresolved part is what happens next to the two principal men in the book And life is like that I say, Meh 3.5 starsLink to interview This past week the Canadian press and Canadian communities have been asking a lot of questions about crime and punishment With the very public revelation of Jian Ghomeshi s criminal behaviour, the public conversation includes calls for criminal prosecution all the while enacting a sort of collective trial, sentencing and punishment in the press and social media While listening and reading stories of his violent and repugnant behaviour, I was reading Linden MacIntyre s new book, Punishment.Punishment is not about sexual and physical violence Nor is it about the CBC or the media though MacIntyre long worked for the CBC Instead it s a book about a former prison officer, Tony Breau, who gets involved is made to be involved in a small town murder investigation It s also about the consequences of telling the truth the violence, threats and shame that attach to those who speak out you can see, then, why it might be a book that resonated with what I was reading and hearing in the cultural conversation around violence against women So it s a novel that takes on the big crime of murder, but it s also a novel that explores the slippery boundary between what is considered criminal, and the crimes outside the criminal code betrayal in friendship, adultery and the wilful withholding of truth from others Punishment offers readers as nuanced and complicated exploration of guilt, punishment, retribution and reconciliation Early on in the novel it explodes the idea that all those in prison are criminals and that all those on the outside are innocent the novel does not belabour this point, it simply makes the observation that many crimes go unrecognized and unpunished and that many criminals are in prison for complicated reasons Much of the novel is concerned with how and if Tony can reconcile his past with his present, his moral position with an unjust society, his care for others with the certainty that the truth can be painful In a quintessentially Canadian literature way this struggle is worked out in the small and isolated community, where the big bad criminals come from the United States and the city, where outsiders are suspect and when guilt is both the prelude an apology and an unavoidable state of being What the novel does incredibly well and with a sort of bravery, I think is to ask readers to consider just consider separating the crime from the criminal the behaviour from the person It can be hard to empathize It can be hard to consider empathy When we are betrayed by lovers or friends, when a singular crime is perpetrated against us or when we are wronged by systemic and entrenched systems, the impulse is not to empathy The push is to retribution, to punishment As if in the punishment itself we might understand the crime or feel differently about the criminal I am not making a novel argument in suggesting that there might be a difference between retributive and restorative justice Rather, I m making an argument that this novel shows with great care and nuance how these forms of justice differ and what is at stake for us as individuals and as communities in taking one approach or the other. My future appeared to me as a landscape suddenly revealed by the cresting of a hill It wasn t grim but it was barren and it sprawled endlessly beyond the curve of the horizon It was a scalding moment, delusions scoured from the surface of reality Solitude and celibacy, I thought And, I had to admit, under the alcoholic anesthetic, it didn t feel all that bad Even if I reframed the words made them, say, abandonment and isolation they still described a kind of freedom I remember stumbling to bed that night in that paradoxical state of peace that comes with knowing you have nothing left to lose Author Linden MacIntyre after a long and prominent career in Canadian broadcasting made a splash in 2009 with his novel The Bishop s Man In that book, MacIntyre told the story of a fixer in the Catholic Church a clerical representative of the Bishop for Cape Breton tasked with making recent sex abuse scandals disappear It was a timely and thoughtful examination of a decent man with the contrary goals of protecting the institution of the Church and doing right by the victims of abuse In a sense, Punishment is another look at conflict of conscience, but this time the institution under the microscope is the Canadian penal system and the victims are the convicts and especially the career criminals who become scapegoats in the eyes of law enforcement and correctional officers.As Punishment begins, Tony Breau has returned to the small community of St Ninian, N.S., after a divorce and taking early retirement from his job at an Ontario penitentiary under unclear circumstances His final position at the prison was also unclear to me after a long career as a guard, Breau took some night classes and became a case worker The first scene sees Breau happening upon a strange confluence of events His first love Caddy, unseen or heard from for over thirty years, is being consoled by family as local miscreant Dwayne Strickland someone who Breau knew intimately in the Ontario prison system is being arraigned for the murder of Caddy s granddaughter From here, information is revealed scattershot Breau is a teenager with Caddy, a guard with Strickland, he s married, he s waking up alone in a musty old farm house and very slowly, the ties between all the characters are revealed Just as Breau seemed to be the only man within the prison system who truly believed in justice the only one who might breech the Blue Wall in the name of prisoners rights he finds himself, in the face of community vigilantism, identifying with Strickland than with those who would condemn him without clear evidence Punishment is one of those frustrating books where mysteries are set up Why did Caddy break off communication Why did Breau s marriage fall apart Why was Breau forced to retire and when characters start to talk about these events, they break off in midsentence, or refuse to answer any questions, or in the case of Breau, take down the bottle of whisky to forget From their first meeting, it seems obvious that Caddy and Breau will get back together, but she doesn t answer the phone when he calls, or he mopes around and decides not to drop in on her for weeks at a time, or when one reaches out a hand, the other pulls away This book is slooooooow and any mysteries are solved by the reader long before MacIntyre makes things plain Punishment is also frustrating in that everyone is black and white Prison guards and police officers portrayed as the most violent people in the system think that criminals are scum, and even those who have served their time and have been released deserve anything that comes to them an attack on an ex con simply a pre emptive strike before his next offense Standing alone between the two sides is Tony Breau, trying to explain why evil is an adverb than an adjective , and unafraid to buck the system in a totally passive I am but an unwilling agent who cant help but do the right thing kind of a way To ratchet up the theme, the decline in the circumstances of Breau s life began on 9 11, and he becomes the only person in his community who opposes the invasion of Iraq believing it to be vigilantism than justice Familiar, right So, to get back to The Bishop s Man There is, obviously, no excuse for priests sexually abusing children and those fixers who went around silencing witnesses and shuffling criminal priests off to unsuspecting communities were also participating in evil However, and not to excuse their actions, one can see how they misguidedly believed that what they were doing was for the greater good that the institution of the Catholic Church was important than the ruination of individual lives and I sincerely hope that I m making it clear that nothing excuses the priests or the fixers here In Punishment, it would seem that MacIntyre is trying to make a similar point The institution of the penal system, the solidarity and continuing authority of those who work inside prisons, is thought to be important than the rights of or even the lives of the prisoners Systemic reform is resisted and those who won t toe the line become scapegoats But is this really the way it is Are penitentiaries the modern social and cultural equivalents of a millenniums old church They may be flawed, but I honestly don t believe they re beyond reform The corrupt and self interested characters representing the law and order side in this book are so cartoonishly evil that I think MacIntyre really missed the boat on framing this story as a conflict of conscience anyone should have behaved as Breau did.Slow and meandering, deliberately obscure and agenda driven, this is not my favourite book by Linden MacIntyre.