A brother and sister are orphaned in an isolated cove on Newfoundland's northern coastline. Their home is a stretch of rocky shore governed by the feral ocean, by a relentless pendulum of abundance and murderous scar ...more
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There is much to admire in Michael Crummey’s writing. He masterfully evokes a time and place which is set in the harsh, isolated world of northern Newfoundland, probably in the early 1800s. It is an inhospitable environment. The desolate area overlooks an often dangerous, raging sea where months-long ice fields trap boats, and winte ...more
They were left together in the cove then with its dirt-floored stud tilt, with its garden of root vegetables and its scatter of outbuildings, with its looming circle of hills and rattling brook and its view of the ocean's grey expanse beyond the harbour skerries. The cove was the heart and sum of all creation in their eyes and they were alone there with the little knowledge of the world passed on haphazard and gleaned by chance.
I love when an ARC opens with a note from the book's editor, giving some ...more
Sweetland was my favorite book of 2015, so I was so delighted that the long four year wait was finally over with Mr. Crummey's new novel. Unsurprisingly, it is both set in Newfoundland, and has a mixture of the harsh realities of that landscape, along with the gorgeous, precise prose for which Crummey is suitably lauded. There are also hints of the supernatural, as in his prev ...more
The author makes abundant skillful use of the Dictionary of N ...more
Didn't much care for this one or some of the places it took the reader. A tedious reworld....together....more
LONGLISTED FOR 2019 GILLER PRIZE
Crummey follows up Galore and Sweetland with another captivating and intimate story rooted in Newfoundland history. Ava and Everett are siblings dealing with the sudden death of there parents and baby sister. Alone in a cove were their parents had run a fishing operation, the brother and sister decide to continue it on despite being so young and isolated on the cove. Over the next several years, Ava and Everett must overcome the tre ...more
Update 2 Nov.
So when you're in the middle of the ocean, all the books become more valued and so I picked this back up, curious as to why I was put off and everyone else was fairly impressed by it. While I think that this writing is really great, the topic is a difficult one and I wonder why writers like to explore these weird (to me) storylines. As I suspected, this did get weird. The characters were well drawn, especially the girl, who had periods, pregnancy and a sixth ...more
It's a hell of a start. The brother and sister barely eke out the winter months, aw ...more
My substantial pleasure in reading The Innocents ...more
Crummy is a distinctive writer and in The Innocents, he meticulously portrays the desperate conditions of an unforgiving place and in building the psyche and struggles of quirky orphaned siblings Evered and Ada. Thanks to Doubleday for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.
What I do know is that it has been shortlisted for Canada’s prestigious 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize—an award that comes with a small monetary gift of $100,000.
It’s possible that this is the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon happening in real time, in that I have been thinking about characterization for the last month, but this is a novel built en ...more
I didn't find it an easy read, especially the hunting parts and it was deeply chilling; but this doesn't mean I didn't like it.
I liked it.
But it's tough and disturbing.
Crummy is an excellent writer however.