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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Bus Ride is a work of literary styled lyrical fiction which was penned by author Don Gutteridge. Set in Canada during the year 1939, the titular bus ride forms part of the life of central character Bill Underhill, who appears to have everything going for him as he looks forward to a bright future playing pro hockey. What unfolds is the tale of the town and the people around him over the space of a week, enveloping the readership in a poetic and atmospheric narrative style that transforms a small town's interpersonal drama into something akin to the great social novels of the Victorian age.
Author Don Gutteridge has done something special in the creation of this intriguing novel, and it’s difficult to pin it down with words. Whilst the prose feels lyrical and tongue-in-cheek in many places, there is a definite narrative to it that prevents it from becoming lost in whimsy. Gutteridge’s voice is clear amongst those of his characters, an additional unseen presence that guides us with wit and sardonic charm. Bill’s journey to big decisions and the pressures of growing up is attentively handled with an emotionally resonant plot, but we are also amusingly removed from his predicament by the comfortable narrative distance which the style creates. These contrasts and contradictions make an interesting read for literature students and fans alike, telling the tale of both the town itself and the author’s own lyrical prowess. Overall, Bus Ride is well worth a read for literary fiction fans and those looking to discover a new and original work.