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Sep 09, 2021JTFNS1 rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Loved it - gorgeous writing. An oft-cited reason for reading is that it introduces us to different worlds - in this case, 19th century Newfoundland. Definitely expanded my knowledge of life there at that time.
Dec 26, 2020empbee rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Beautifully written, heart wrenching story of the survival of young orphans in the harsh and remote Newfoundland coast.
Oct 10, 2020marcrrussell rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Perfect! Bleak, but perfect!!
Jul 11, 2020mclarjh rated this title 2.5 out of 5 stars
An old story in a new setting; popular fiction; for a general audience.
Jul 11, 2020wyenotgo rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
“A body must bear what can’t be helped.” That stark epigram could well serve as an anthem, summing up the entire book in one fateful pronouncement. As an unblinking portrait of what life was like in the bygone era of Newfoundland’s…
Jul 03, 2020cscarba rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Loved it!
Feb 05, 2020uncommonreader rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
This novel is set in the early 19th century in an isolated cove in Newfoundland. The description of daily life as these two children struggle to survive - fishing and salting cod, picking berries and trying to grow vegetables - is really…
Jan 06, 2020ontherideau rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
Very well written, desperately bleak. I hope life wasn't really that bad, can't imagine how any one survived.
Dec 24, 2019Eosos rated this title 1 out of 5 stars
I finished approximately 50 pages before skimming ahead and reading the end. I could not be interested in these characters, or their hum drum lives, or their isolation, or anything else.
Dec 13, 2019
Globe 100 2019. Two children orphaned and alone in Newfoundland. Listed for Giller and GG
Dec 10, 2019retiring_rep rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
A beautifully written book. All the words are important to tell the story of these two children growing up on their own. Eventually, the reader will get used to the vernacular used by the author.
Dec 07, 2019jeanie123 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
The Innocents, brother Evered and sister Ada, remain truly innocent to the end. Theirs is a hard and bleak subsistence life in a small cove on Newfoundland, copying the ways their parents showed them to fish cod to trade for provisions and…
Nov 11, 2019Readariot rated this title 1.5 out of 5 stars
Lost to me how anyone would like this book. Almost bailed on reading it 20 times but persevered to the end, just to try to understand why this book was so critically acclaimed. It was tedious and painful to read and the ending was…
Nov 06, 201921221018293347 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Michael Crummy has a writing style unlike any other author I have read. He tackles life issues that challenge your way of thinking. This story is set in a small cove in Newfoundland. Two young siblings are left to fend for themselves…
Oct 31, 2019
One of the great Canadian books that has landed on the Giller 2019 short list. This book takes place on a rocky isolated shore in Newfoundland. It is richly imagined and compulsively readable, a riveting story of hardship and survival, and…
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Oct 04, 2019smc01 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This book is "handy about perfect."