The Case of Lena S

The Case of Lena S follows the life, loves, and coming of age of sixteen year old Mason Crowe during a year in which he will learn what it truly means to be in the world At the centre of the novel is Lena, a troubled girl who has chosen Mason and will teach him something of desire and despair Impulsive, provocative, vulnerable, and sad, Lena becomes haunting for Ma The Case of Lena S follows the life, loves, and coming of age of sixteen year old Mason Crowe during a year in which he will learn what it truly means to be in the world At the centre of the novel is Lena, a troubled girl who has chosen Mason and will teach him something of desire and despair Impulsive, provocative, vulnerable, and sad, Lena becomes haunting for Mason in ways he does not always understand We meet Mason s first love, an older girl destined for an arranged marriage his mother, who takes a lover and a wise and erudite blind man with a voyeuristic streak, to whom Mason reads Playful, and with deadpan humour, the novel brilliantly captures the yearnings of youth, as well as the tantalizing possibilities and the confounding absurdities that sometimes lie at the heart of our most intimate relationships.
The Case of Lena S The Case of Lena S follows the life loves and coming of age of sixteen year old Mason Crowe during a year in which he will learn what it truly means to be in the world At the centre of the novel is

  • Title: The Case of Lena S
  • Author: David Bergen
  • ISBN: 9780771011894
  • Page: 230
  • Format: Hardcover
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    About the Author

    David Bergen

    Born in Port Edward, British Columbia, author David Bergen worked as a writer and high school English teacher in Winnipeg, Manitoba, before gaining a great deal of recognition in Canada when his novel The Time In Between won the 2005 Scotiabank Giller Prize, one of Canada s most prestigious literary awards The novel also received a starred review in Kirkus Reviews and was longlisted for the 2007 IMPAC Award Bergen s debut novel, A Year of Lesser, was a New York Times Notable Book, and a winner of the McNally Robinson Book of the Year award in 1997 His 2002 novel The Case of Lena S was a finalist for the Governor General s Award for English language fiction, and won the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award It was also a finalist for the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award and the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction.Additionally, Bergen has received the 1993 John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer, and the 2000 Canadian Literary Award for Short Story In 2008, he published his fifth novel, The Retreat, which was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and which won the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award and the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction.Bergen currently resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba with his family.

    145 Comment

    • Wendell Hennan said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 19:18 PM

      a dark story, perhaps realistically describing lives of mentally ill, and the angst of teenage years, but not an uplifting story. The most interesting aspect was the difference in family members, the central character, Mason much like his plodding father, while his older brother Danny more closely resembled his mother, both somewhat promiscuous.

    • Valentina said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 19:18 PM

      The Case of Lena S. by David Bergen, is about a sixteen year old boy named Mason Crowe, growing up in Winnipeg with his mother. The story mainly revolves around him and his twisted and very complicated relationship with Lena Schellendal, a seventeen year old girl who also lives in Winnipeg. Lena is very troubled, no one can ever understand what she is thinking and Mason only starts to realize this after he has fallen very hard for her. Whenever Mason isn’t with Lena, he reads to a blind man na [...]

    • Kristy Trauzzi said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 19:18 PM

      I enjoyed reading this book. I wouldn't say it was very deep. I felt all emotions were shallowly covered. So, his mom moves out . . . Meh. So, his ex gf commits suicide - I'm just going to random live with my mother. What happened to the face he didn't like the other guy and not really his mom either for cheating on his dad? I was so excited when I found out this book was based in Winnipeg. AMG! I know where you are talking about!And - in true Winnipeg format, David Bergen got the concept of a W [...]

    • Kris - My Novelesque Life said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 19:18 PM

      2 STARS"The Case of Lena S. follows the life, loves, and coming-of-age of sixteen-year-old Mason Crowe during a year in which he will learn what it truly means to be in the world. At the centre of the novel is Lena, a troubled girl who has " chosen" Mason and will teach him something of desire and despair. Impulsive, provocative, vulnerable, and sad, Lena becomes haunting for Mason in ways he does not always understand. We meet Mason's first " love, " an older girl destined for an arranged marri [...]

    • Alexa Parker said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 19:18 PM

      Amazing book. Made me laugh, made me cry (legitimately, it brought me to tears four separate times). Lena was a tragic character, written so beautifully. And Mason was the perfect teenage boy, just trying to figure everything out.Would HIGHLY recommend!

    • Robin Logan said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 19:18 PM

      Good story line & interesting characters. Rather shallow, more of a teen read.

    • Lucy said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 19:18 PM

      Well written, but dull story of a depressed teen and her struggles. Couldn't quite bring myself to care about her, or the main character, her on and off again boyfriend.

    • Stephonour said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 19:18 PM

      Lena is much like Jessa from Girls.

    • Valerie said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 19:18 PM

      Odd but tender coming of age story of a 16 year old and his interactions with females in his life.

    • B W said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 19:18 PM

      A book that helped get me through some teen angst bullshit in middle school

    • Linda said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 19:18 PM

      Interesting writing but otherwise, one of those books I place back on the shelf after saying "so what".

    • Samantha said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 19:18 PM

      Great coming-of-age story.

    • Kathy said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 19:18 PM

      Don't waste your valuable time reading this one.I kept hoping something would rise up from the book and tell me it was worth the read, but alas it never did.

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