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by Michael Crummey (Goodreads Author)
In Hard Light, Michael Crummey retells and reinvents his father's stories of outport Newfoundland and the Labrador fishery of a half century ago. Speaking through generations of storytellers, he conjures a world of hard toil and heavy weather, shot through with stoicism, grim humour, endurance, and love. This is writing that is supple and charged with intensity, language t ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published May 16th 1998 by Brick Books
(first published 1998)
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I downloaded Hard Light because I admire Michael Crummey and enjoyed his literary take on Newfoundland history in The Wreckage and his fantastical Galore. So having not investigated further what this book was about, I was surprised when, in the end, it only lasted for one dog walk. A slim volume of what I took to be short stories -- each a perfect gem -- I am now left wondering if they weren't actually poems after all. Either way, as I am now made to understand, each vignette is a story from Cru ...more
Aug 05, 2007 Carolina rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: well, it IS poetry...
So I'm a bit in love with Michael Crummey. And this is the book that did it. It contains near-verbatim anecdotal accounts of his father's childhood in Newfoundland and Labrador in his father's voice, which makes it a great example of Newfoundlanders' penchant for adept storytelling, as well as mildly fictionalized historical poetry. I really like the fill-in-the-gaps type historical writing. You're never quite sure which details are made up and which were actually documented. I love that particu ...more
Born in Buchans, Newfoundland, Crummey grew up there and in Wabush, Labrador, where he moved with his family in the late 1970s. He went to university with no idea what to do with his life and, to make matters worse, started writing poems in his first year. Just before graduating with a BA in English he won the Gregory Power Poetry Award. First prize was three hundred dollars (big bucks back in 198 ...moreMore about Michael Crummey...