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.
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…Read moreRead more of this comment
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…Read moreRead more of this comment
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…Read moreRead more of this comment
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…Read moreRead more of this comment
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…Read moreRead more of this comment
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…Read moreRead more of this comment