By the end, I was enjoying this book.
Canada by Richard Ford came to me highly recommended. It took me a while to get around to reading it, but during that time the anticipation grew, and I was looking forward to this as a Christmas treat. Which is partly why this book was such as disappointment. By the end I was starting to enjoy it, but the flaccid first half ruined it for me. There was a good book in here if a decent editor had got hold of it before publication.