For twelve generations, when the fish were plentiful and when they all-but disappeared, the inhabitants of this remote i ...more
As noted by another reader, I had been asking myself for some time if Moses …more Contains spoilers (not sure spoiler setting is working, so adding it here)
As noted by another reader, I had been asking myself for some time if Moses wasn’t already dead (ala the TV show ‘Lost’). But I was too much in love with him and his story to have most of it be the diary a ghost’s “release”.
So my take is that the Priddle’s *were* real, and it was what finally allowed him to “leave”, knowing HOPE was still possible, and he was remembered.
To answer another question, the Priddles didn’t go anywhere - it was Moses who passed, finally at last, to the alternate ‘world’ he had already sensed in moments of despair or isolation.
I prefer this interpretation because it suggests, albeit most subtlety, that Moses found love in his life, in perhaps unusual places, consistently and always, to the very end.(less) (hide spoiler)]
“Sweetland” is about a 69 year old man named Moses Sweetland who lives on an island, ...more
Moses Sweetland, 70, sits in his house on an island not far from St. John's, Nfld. The government is pressuring folks to sell and he is the only one holding out. Until, the tide does change and for circumstances I won't disclose, the choice to at last go with the majority doesn't come to fruition.
The story flits from present ...more
Moses Sweetland lives on a Newfoundland island named after his ancestors. Decades after the commercial cod fishery shut down, most capable ambitious residents have gone to elsewhere in Canada to seek work, leaving mostly misfits and the elderly behind to cling to the old ways. Sweetland has been totally bound into ...more
Moses Sweetland, whose ancestors were the first ones who inhabited the island, is the only one who d ...more
As always the rating is based on my emotional response rather than the book’s merit and does not do justice to the author’s talent. Admirable and atmospheric prose, compelling storyline, great characters; yet rating a book I did not enjoy reading is challenging as I feel I’m being a bit unfair. I needed to ponder this one a bit and fear much of the narrative and nuance passed me by.
Reviewer Nicholas Herring wrote “an impressively prolonged and often exhausting study of grief and ghosts centeri ...more
I tried three different times to read this novel. THREE. Each time I got a little farther into the story, but I always got frustrated with the writing and gave up. I even tried listening to the audiobook, thinking I could trudge through, but I still became annoyed by the cliched characters and bad dialogue.
The story is that the government is trying to move everyone off a remote island called Sweetland, near Newfoundland. The main character, Moses Sweetland, refuses to leave ...more
Curmudgeonly Sweetland is digging in his feet, and refusing to leave his beloved home, even though the government has made it clear that they will ONLY pay out the hefty resettlement fee to each resident if ALL the residents relocate. You can imagine that Sweetland's being the last hold-out is not making him too popular with his neighbors.
This is quite possibly the most character driven novel I've ever read, and also, some of the mos ...more
Despite sinister threats and an inviting $100k incentive, stubborn 69 year old Moses Sweetland is determined not to leave his beloved home in Chance Cove, but ultimately finds himself living in the eerie stillness of a ghost town. (no spoiler here)
And while I admit it took some time to make character connections and get into a comfortable reading groove, I really did like Moses, his sarcasm, his take charge ways a...more
Sweetland. From the old family of Swietlund. Several generations in a small village on the coast of Newfoundland. They lived the traditional Newfoundland fishing life. The men and the boys out on the seas, or out in the backwoods trapping and hunting. The women on land, salting and preserving the ...more
Moses, of course, is the Exodus hero of the Bible, a story that begins in Genesis. An important prophet, born n a time when his people were an enslaved minority, he demands release. And Sweetland speaks for itself. In this novel, Sweetland also represents a remote island off ...more
What I will say is:
- Above all, I loved the characters in this book, especially the seemingly simple but utterly complex Moses Sweetland
- I'm glad I read this
- I've learned that as a reader I don't have much appreciation for "magical realism" (or anything in that realm). A deficienc ...more
Moses Sweetland is the embodiment of a Newfoundland that's disappearing: twelve generations of Sweetlands gave their name to the tiny and inhospitable island off the southern coast of Newfoundland, and in his lifetime, Moses was part of the Toronto-based diaspora that left home in search of a quick buck in the 70's, a codfisher until the 90's moratorium, a lighthouse keeper until it was automated, and now, the final holdout in a government plan to relocate the community to the mainland -- and as ...more
Exquisitely written, powerful, gentle, lyrical this is a magnificent book. I can still feel the people of Sweetland pulsing away in my mind, they will live with me a very long time.
And J ...more
The island named after Moses Sweetland's forbears is being evicted: no ferry service, school, electricity, source of gasoline, daily s ...more
I didn't understand much of the history of resettlement in Newfoundland but this novel made that very history come alive with the amazing people in this novel. This novel is rather quiet (for the most part) ... it's focus on a small community and the many personalities within that ...more
sweetland is a really lovely character. the book is a bit of a paean to the loss of a certain kind of masculinity. when authors celebrate lost masculinity they get heavy on the technical languag ...more
I fell in love with this old curmudgeon. He is opinionated, stubborn and determined to do things his way. But as time goes on and he loses his utilities and the weather gets bad Moses finds ...more
What a master storyteller! I won't restate the synopsis here, and will provide no spoilers, but be prepared for a moving and emotional tale. Although beginning a bit slowly, I was soon caught up in the multi-layered story of Sweetland the is ...more
Sweetland is a title, a character, and a place -- each an island, complicated and layered and undiscovered. Big themes of independence, progress, the value of life, love and self-determination are revealed as Sweetland's layers are unveiled.
This is not an easy read, but I am left so impre ...more
It’s the second half of the book that really excels. In the first half there is an introduction to the few folk that remain on the remote island in Cape Breton, and their lives as they prepare for the island’s clearance. It has simply become too expensive for the government to support. But Moses Sweetland refuses to take the finan ...more
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