A Novel

Book Club Kit - 2015
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Publisher: Toronto :, Anchor Canada,, [2015]
Edition: Anchor Canada edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
Branch Call Number: ABC CRU
Characteristics: 322 pages ; 24 cm + 12 books, with discussion guide


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Oct 25, 2017

It looked like it would be a good story, but I just couldn't stand the guy reading it. Why on earth would they pick a stuffy British accent, some pommy toff, to read a Newfoundland story??! I couldn't get past it. I may try to read the print version, but it will take awhile to get that bad taste out of my ears.

Jul 25, 2017

I am in the minority, but I did not love this book. It was a bit of a chore to read, but I stuck it out because it was for my Book Club. Moses is a great character, the community is full of diverse and interesting people, but it just didn't grab my interest. I enjoyed the second half more, and I did want to find out what happened, but not a 'must read' for me.

Mar 19, 2017

A wonderful novel. I couldn't help loving the main character, Sweetland, crazy and misguided as he was. This is the second novel I've read by this author and I loved them both.

Jan 29, 2017

Take me back b'y! While not a Newfie myself, but a visitor often enough to have an opinion, Crummey has painted a vivid picture of a people and a land. It takes a certain grit to live on an island where life is pared down to the bare essence. There is so much hard work involved in scraping together a life on this rock, and yet those who move away pine for it as if they had been cast from Eden. I know I'm too soft to survive the hardship of life out there, but it is fascinating to glimpse into the minds of my heartier forefathers. Sweetland is the closest thing I've read to recreating the sense of a place.

Jan 03, 2016

Excellent book...well developed characters, sense of place and storyline. Reminded me somewhat of the another excellent book titles 'Rockbound' by Frank Parker Day. Recommended. On the longlist for CBC's Canada Reads 2016.

Dec 22, 2015

the story touches you heart. i want to read it again sometime in the future. there is no definite division between past and present, dreams and reality, the hero's thoughts and what happening at the present. could be confusing.

Nov 25, 2015

This is a very good story with a strong sense of place, albeit a place and way of life that has been overtaken by the "modern world" as there are no longer any fish and the young people are forced to leave. Moses is the last of 12 generations to live in this community as he tries to survive with dignity. Good. Sad.

Oct 26, 2015

Absolutely brilliant, poetry in a novel. I could not put it down. Its deep sadness sparkles with humor throughout.

Oct 22, 2015

I'm listening to the recording of this book. It's great, but I question the choice of readers. While there are many Newfoundland actors and other talented professionals who could read this book in the distinct style, the person reading it has an English accent. The only accent he remotely has success with is the Welsh accent of the reverend. And half the times he forgets to use it. He even mispronounces Newfoundland, and also capelin and Javex (as in bottle). Yeesh, it's distracting.

DevilStateDan Sep 27, 2015

This is a great story & at it's heart it is about loss; the loss of culture, friends & family & long held traditions.
The core cast is a few remaining characters hanging on to a way of life that is becoming increasingly difficult to sustain but centres around one man who has spent most of his long life on a small island; in this instance it's set in one my favourite places in the world, Newfoundland.
The author really nails the characters voices with authentic cadence & conversational style & depicts the rugged & isolated locations very well indeed.
This is a choice for my #2015ReadingChallenge for which I was to choose a #BookThatMadeMeCry - I can't say that it had that deep an impact but it was a #BookThatMadeMeSad

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quagga Dec 30, 2014

"Slept in the wheelhouse under an old blanket with a pair of coveralls rolled up as a pillow. The mauze lifted a little at first light and he thought he might be able to pick his way home. Had the island in sight when the mist muffled in, so thick he couldn't see ten feet past the bow."

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