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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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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!! 2w
Lindy @Megabooks Thanks. 😊 2w
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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 1mo
Lindy @Suet624 I find vernacular language really adds to my experience. 1mo
LeahBergen This is why I love reading Newfoundland authors! 👏🏻 1mo
Lindy @LeahBergen 😁👍 1mo
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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! 1mo
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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! 1mo
Lindy @saresmoore 😊My relatives haven‘t consented to being on Litsy, so I will just say the baby‘s name: Summer. 1mo
saresmoore Beautiful! 1mo
Reggie What a special picture!! 1mo
Lindy @Reggie 😘 1mo
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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! 3mo
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