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The Innocents
The Innocents | Michael Crummey
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From bestselling, award-winning author Michael Crummey comes a sweeping, heart-wrenching, deeply immersive novel about a brother and sister alone in a small world. 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 scarcity. Still children with only the barest notion of the outside world, they have nothing but the family's boat and the little knowledge passed on haphazardly by their mother and father to keep them. As they fight for their own survival through years of meagre catches and storms and ravaging illness, it is their fierce loyalty to each other that motivates and sustains them. But as seasons pass and they wade deeper into the mystery of their own natures, even that loyalty will be tested. This novel is richly imagined and compulsively readable, a riveting story of hardship and survival, and an unflinching exploration of the bond between brother and sister. By turns electrifying and heartbreaking, it is a testament to the bounty and barbarity of the world, to the wonders and strangeness of our individual selves.
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mcctrish
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A coming of age story set 100+ years ago on the coast of Newfoundland. It‘s breathtaking and heartbreaking. Despite what the province of Ontario says about the value of education, this book proves how valuable it is ❤️I‘d be dead

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Redheadrambles
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The story of two orphaned siblings fighting for survival on the wild coast of Newfoundland. The plot is secondary to the 'extraordinary' relationship that develops between brother and sister.
Crummey writes beautifully of landscape, conveying in an economical and yet poetic style, the vastness and the drama of the local coastline.
A surprisingly terse ending is the only dent to an otherwise fascinating survival / coming-of-age story.

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mcctrish
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The countdown to Christmas just got real!

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ClairesReads
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The Innocents is an example of great storytelling. The real star of this novel, is the inhospitable Newfoundland Coast. Crummey brings this desolate environment to life, and it looms large in every moment; a force which perpetually threatens to overwhelm the innocence of Ada and Everedd. This novel isn‘t for the faint-hearted. It‘s challenging, and at times gruesomely direct but it‘s also absorbing.

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ClairesReads
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A gal tries e-Reading on a prehistoric iPad for book club #indiebuddyreads

Cinfhen Seems to be working 😁 2w
ClairesReads @Cinfhen it‘s worked enough, even though it‘s about 3 software updates behind 😬 2w
Cinfhen Ha!! What we don‘t do for bookclub 2w
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RachelO Love that cover! 2w
ClairesReads @RachelO it‘s lovely isn‘t it? 2w
Redheadrambles What a superstar ! I am like two smallish books away from starting:) 2w
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles interested to hear what you make of this one. I‘m still a bit uncertain about bothering with 2w
Redheadrambles I am loving it ! Literally cannot put it down. The Shadow King, I may well use for read harder 2020 in some capacity? I need to at least give it one more chance. 1w
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles oh yay I‘m glad you‘re loving it too! I‘m thinking about The Shadow King for read harder too 1w
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TheLibrarian
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#bookmail - I also got The Secrets We Kept but the cover was very damaged. Currently missing the days when Amazon didn‘t make you send the book back and told you to keep it.

Lovesbooks87 If you have a Kohl‘s near by they do Amazon returns and send it back for free! 2w
Cailey_Mac I really love the artwork of all the dust jackets together; it‘s beautiful! 2w
TheLibrarian @Lovesbooks87 I saw that and choose that option. Although going to a department store during holiday shopping will make me super anxious. 2w
Lovesbooks87 @TheLibrarian that‘s true I didn‘t even think about that. I always hit the stores when they first open it tends not to be so crazy! 2w
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mcctrish
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Starting today 🎉

kspenmoll Love your photo of simple holiday treasures. 🎄 3w
mcctrish This is the miniature version of what I need to do. It‘s so much easier at this scale 🤣 3w
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Lindy
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I've tagged my favourite book of October but it was hard to choose one from among the 15 5-star reads of last month. My biggest surprise when I looked back on my stats is that I only read one graphic novel. Not sure how that happened. 🤷‍♀️

Megabooks Great month!! 1mo
Lindy @Megabooks Thanks. 😊 1mo
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KatieB
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I only picked this up because I'm going to attempt to read the #gillerprize short list but what a great book! I couldn't stop thinking about it between settings and, for someone with a terrible memory, I think this story is going to stay with me. Hoping the rest of the shortlist is just as good!

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Lindy
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Notes on language that I kept while reading. ie Now the once. Dwy. Landwash. Bare-legged tea. Skerries. Douted. Rames. God‘s reeving nails. Bully boat. Wherry. Red jacks. Slobby ice. Buskins. Whitecoat. Kedger. Cuddy. Hello the house. Thewy. Raillery. Mauby. Tammy gown. Faffering. Qualmy. Keep your daddles clear of that pot. Roke. By the light of rotoil burning in a slutlamp. Moil. Mollyfodge. Bawn. Yaffles. Brin sack. Too bockity. I‘m best kind.

Suet624 Wow 2mo
Lindy @Suet624 I find vernacular language really adds to my experience. 2mo
LeahBergen This is why I love reading Newfoundland authors! 👏🏻 2mo
Lindy @LeahBergen 😁👍 2mo
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Lindy
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Ada & Evered* are children, 9 & 11, when their baby sister & parents die of illness. The two manage mostly on their own for several years in an isolated Newfoundland cove in the early 19th century. Cinematic descriptions, lots of archaic vernacular, the seasonal rhythms, and the immersion into both the outer & inner lives of this pair of siblings as they grow into adolescence—all of these made for a bewitching & meditative tale. *note Biblical ref

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Lindy
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I‘ve only read two of the shortlisted titles so far, but I‘m already hoping that Michael Crummey will be the winner. https://scotiabankgillerprize.ca/2019-finalists/

twohectobooks I just heard about The Innocents on CBC radio a couple of weeks ago and instantly added it to my TBR. Looks like it‘s up for the Governor General‘s award too! 2mo
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Lindy
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As far as Ada could tell a mother‘s role was incidental at best, her body a passive vessel for the passing wildflower that was a child. The Virgin Mary had gotten her feet wet out picking berries and so fell pregnant with Jesus. It was a condition women caught like a fever or a cold, something that resulted from their own weakness or impudence. Something vaguely shameful.

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Lindy
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Sarah Best was half-asleep with her mouth to the newborn‘s downy crown and she glanced across at Ada without raising her head. “What should we call her?”
It hadn‘t occurred to Ada that a name was bestowed on a person and not something you were born with. The lack made the infant seem almost as naked and pitiable as when she first landed in Mary Oram‘s lap.

saresmoore Lindy, this photo. 😍 My uterus is getting all antsy! 2mo
Lindy @saresmoore 😊My relatives haven‘t consented to being on Litsy, so I will just say the baby‘s name: Summer. 2mo
saresmoore Beautiful! 2mo
Reggie What a special picture!! 2mo
Lindy @Reggie 😘 2mo
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Lindy
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“He‘s got all the grace of a cow aboard of a dory,” another said. “The gangly old stilts on him. He‘ll never shit a seaman‘s turd, that one.”

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Lindy
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They picked the flesh from the conner‘s thorny backbone. It was just enough food to make them feel how hungry they were.

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Lindy
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She could talk the bark off a tree, their father said, a note of awed disbelief in his voice.

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Classic Crummey - this is a quiet kind of novel but there's a feeling of urgency too. Between a 3.5 and a 4 star read for me.

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Getting a bunch of #CanLit reading in! Look there is that slight hint of Fall with the fallen leaf by the book. 🍂 Giller Prize Longlist is announced on Tuesday too!!

Penny_LiteraryHoarders The Giller announcement always signals the start of Fall and literary award season! 4mo
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