The Innocents

The Innocents

A Novel

Book - 2019
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"A novel about an orphaned brother and sister who must fend for themselves on a remote fishing outpost in the late 1800s"--
Publisher: [Toronto] :, Doubleday Canada,, [2019]
Copyright Date: ♭2019
ISBN: 9780385685412
Branch Call Number: FIC Crumm
Characteristics: 285 pages ;,22 cm


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ontherideau Jan 06, 2020

Very well written, desperately bleak. I hope life wasn't really that bad, can't imagine how any one survived.

Dec 24, 2019

I finished approximately 50 pages before skimming ahead and reading the end.

I could not be interested in these characters, or their hum drum lives, or their isolation, or anything else.

Dec 10, 2019

A beautifully written book. All the words are important to tell the story of these two children growing up on their own. Eventually, the reader will get used to the vernacular used by the author.

Dec 07, 2019

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 to grow and gather and preserve food through grueling conditions. The book is beautifully written and the language feels very natural to the setting, although I did have to refer to the Dictionary of Newfoundland English on several occasions.

Nov 06, 2019

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 after the death of their parents. With no knowledge of the nature of growing up, the vagarities of other people, they continue life as was established by their parents: fishing in the summer and practically starving in the winter. Each year they run a debt to ship owner who buys their catch and puts the winter supply against their next year's catch. It is a grim way of life, which is eventually questioned by the siblings as they mature, and as other ships come across their cove. A very good book, but it may be disturbing to some.

BPLpicks Oct 31, 2019

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 an unflinching exploration of the bond between brother and sister.

smc01 Oct 04, 2019

This book is "handy about perfect."

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