When a whale beaches itself on the shore of the remote coastal town of Paradise Deep, the last thing any of th...more
Enjoyed this book very much. Learned about Newfoundland --lots of myths, great tales.
This is an old fashioned multi-generational novel with a bit of fantasy thoughtfully thrown in. It won numerous Canadian and Commonwealth literary prizes.
The setting begins with a whale stranded on a Newfoundland beach in the late 1700 or early 1800s. As the villagers are stripping the whale for blubber and oil they pull a man from the whale’s stomach. He is barely alive, very white and stinks. They are somewhat religious but there only source of instruction is a Bible recovered from a shipwreck...more
Winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book, Caribbean & Canada and the Canadian Authors Association Literary Award; Finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Book Award, and the Winterset Award
When a whale beaches itself on the shore of the remote coastal town of Paradise Deep, the last thing any of the townspeople expect to find inside it is a man, silent and reeking of fish, but remarkably alive. The discovery of this my
(Aside: Longstanding debate between me and M. about whether or not someone can “read for fun” or whether any sort of reading is inherently “critical.” I err on the side...more
The story begins with the Widow Divine...more
Wild and wooly like the setting
This is intricate without being detailed, sprawling and yet stark. It is a difficult ride to describe ... somewhat like 100 Years of Solitude set in Newfoundland!
I really enjoyed being transported to this untamed place peopled with a strange collection of characters. Not a book where you developed empathy for the characters but one where the narrative was a passing parade of their lives and times. And what a harsh, bleak life that was! And what times...more
There are those who enjoy books with undeveloped characters, major plot threads picked up and dropped, hypocritical religionists with no contrasting genuine heroism and morality, bleak setting, and ultimately pointless story, but I am not one of these people. If the book itself doesn't take its own story seriously (did Judah really come from a whale? Did they really harvest all that squid?), then why on earth should we readers? When I read the reviews of this book, I tho...more
They spoke of the days of plenty with a wistful exaggeration, as if it was an ancient time they knew only through stories generations o...more
I'm very glad to see that so many have enjoyed a Newfie writer. Truly. However, if this had been my one and only exposure to the island and it's people, I m...more
The tone (especially the interweaving of reality and fantasy) was done well, and I did like the inclusion o...more
is set in the outport villages of Paradise Deep and The Gut, joined by the Tolt Road over the headland between them, in an undefined period that covers most of the nineteenth century and the first few years of the twentieth. The novel chronicles the lives of...more
Some people may not like the addition of fantastic elements (mermaids, men born out of whale...more
Michael Crummey's epic family saga, Galore, brims over with richness; from the distinct characters to the unusual events to the unique setting, the story is a sharp juxtaposition of harsh frontier and magical realism. While...more
I am working on a genealogical/family history project tracing Newfoundland ancestors, and I felt like the specific issues I see there s...more
I did get a bit bogged down in the discussion of the fisherman's union, although surely that was timely in the period this is set. That and a frustration with how the secon...more
What's not to like about a book that opens with a man being cut from the belly of a beached whale on the coast of Newfoundland...and he revives...and ... (Random House review)
Sprawling and intimate, stark and fantastical, Galore is a novel about the power of stories to shape and sustain us.
An intricate family saga and love story spanning two centuries, Galore is a portrait of the improbable medieval world that was rural Newfoundland, a place almost too harrowing and extravagant to b...more
Galore is the story of the Devine family in Newfoundland. The entire thing made me think of One Hundred Years of Solitude, only it was much more ... North American. Like the classic South American book, Galore tracks a family thro...more