Sweetland

Sweetland For Twelve Generations, When The Fish Were Plentiful And When They All But Disappeared, The Inhabitants Of This Remote Island In Newfoundland Have Lived And Died Together Now, In The Second Decade Of The 21st Century, They Are Facing Resettlement, And Each Has Been Offered A Generous Compensation Package To Leave But The Money Is Offered With A Proviso Everyone Has To Go The Government Won T Be Responsible For One Crazy Coot Who Chooses To Stay Alone On An Island.That Coot Is Moses Sweetland Motivated In Part By A Sense Of History And Belonging, Haunted By Memories Of The Short And Lonely Time He Spent Away From His Home As A Younger Man, And Concerned That His Somewhat Eccentric Great Nephew Will Wilt On The Mainland, Moses Refuses To Leave But In The Face Of Determined, Sometimes Violent, Opposition From His Family And His Friends, Sweetland Is Eventually Swayed To Sign On To The Government S Plan Then A Tragic Accident Prompts Him To Fake His Own Death And Stay On The Deserted Island As He Manages A Desperately Diminishing Food Supply, And Battles Against The Ravages Of Weather, Sweetland Finds Himself In The Company Of The Vibrant Ghosts Of The Former Islanders, Whose Porch Lights Still Seem To Turn On At Night.

Born in Buchans, Newfoundland, Crummey grew up there and in Wabush, Labrador, where he moved with his family in the late 1970s He went to university with no idea what to do with his life and, to make matters worse, started writing poems in his first year Just before graduating with a BA in English he won the Gregory Power Poetry Award First prize was three hundred dollars big bucks back in 198 Born in Buchans, Newfoundland, Crummey grew up there and in Wabush, Labrador, where he moved with his family in the late 1970s He went to university with no idea what to do with his life and, to make matters worse, started writing poems in his first year Just before graduating with a BA in English he won the Gregory Power Poetry Award First prize was three hundred dollars big bucks back in 1987 and it gave him the mistaken impression there was money to be made in poetry He published a slender collection of poems called Arguments with Gravity in 1996, followed two years later by Hard Light 1998 also saw the publication of a collection of short stories, Flesh and Blood, and Crummey s nomination for the Journey Prize.Crummey s debut novel, River Thieves 2001 was a Canadian bestseller, winning the Thomas Head Raddall Award and the Winterset Award for Excellence in Newfoundland Writing It was also shortlisted for the Giller Prize, the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the Books in Canada First Novel Award, and the IMPAC Award His second novel, The Wreckage 2005 , was nominated for the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize and longlisted for the 2007 IMPAC Award.Galore was published in Canada in 2009 A national bestseller, it was the winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book Canada Caribbean , the Canadian Authors Association Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for the Governor General s Award for fiction He lives in St John s, Newfoundland with his wife and three step kids

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  • Hardcover
  • 322 pages
  • Sweetland
  • Michael Crummey
  • English
  • 02 December 2018
  • 0385663161

10 thoughts on “Sweetland

  1. says:

    I must have walked past this book on the New Books library shelf four or five times I would pick it up, read the blurb on the inside cover, and think, Nope Not my kind of book and put it back Finally, I added it to my stack and took it home I sat on the couch with my stack of goodies from the library and opened the book to scan the first few pages A couple of days later, I sat on the same couch, gutted Sweetland is about a 69 year old man named Moses Sweetland who lives on an island, I must have walked past this book on the New Books library shelf four or five times I would pick it up, read the blurb on the inside cover, and think, Nope Not my kind of book and put it back Finally, I added it to my stack and took it home I sat on the couch with my stack of goodies from the library and opened the book to scan the first few pages A couple of days later, I sat on the same couch, g...

  2. says:

    I m done and it couldn t have been fast enough Took 100 pages to finally grasp at something that had potential but snowballed into something that went on for far too long.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 I m done and it couldn t have been fast enough Took 100 pages to finally grasp at something that had potential but snowballed into something that went on for far too long.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 to the past reliving vivid moments This is apocalyptic loneliness with just a little too much of day to day survival How many fires can one describe and how much winter can one weather Sigh.Did I enjoy this Nope I felt this to be a ...

  3. says:

    How does one measure the value of a man s life Is it the house he lives in The amount of possessions he has The family and friends who love him or those he loves Twelve generations have lived on the island of Sweetland, a mythical place off the Newfoundland coast, they have made due with little and supported each other through hard times The governments price is 100,000 dollars, but only if everyone leaves the island Many accept, this is their chance to have an easier life and that is a l How does one measure the value of a man s life Is it the house he lives in The amount of possessions he has The family and friends who love him or those he loves Twelve generations have lived on the island of Sweetland, a mythical place off the Newfoundland coast, they have made due with little and supported each other through hard times The governments price is 100,000 dollars, but only if everyone leaves the island Many accept, this is their chance to have an easier life and that is a lot of money Their are a few holdouts but then only one is left Moses Sweetland and this is his story.His life his here, his memories, his secrets and he has all the comforts he needs ...

  4. says:

    This one crept up on me and bowled me over with the stubborn and quiet heroism of a character who resists the inevitable destruction of his way of life and loss of his rural community 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 This one crept up on me and bowled me over with the stubborn and quiet heroism of a character who resists the inevitable destruction of his way of life and loss of his rural community 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 behin...

  5. says:

    Sweetland, what an equivocal name Remote, tiny island on the Atlantic, part of Newfoundland There used to be a fishing settlement but when novel starts it is half empty, inhabited by the old and misfits of all descriptions Due to economic reasons Canadian government offered to them a good price for leaving and moving on the continent Most of residents accepted the proposal With one exception.Moses Sweetland, whose ancestors were the first ones who inhabited the island, is the only one who d Sweetland, what an equivocal name Remote, tiny island on the Atlantic, part of Newfoundland There used to be a fishing settlement but when novel starts it is half empty, inhabited by the old and misfits of all descriptions Due to economic reasons Canadian government offered to them a good price for leaving and moving on the continent Most of residents accepted the proposal With one exception.Moses Sweetland, whose ancestors were the first ones who inhabited the island, is the only one who decided to stay and not abandon his household He will not be like his biblical namesake who led his people to the promised land Because Moses just loves his home country and if there was any patch of ground he could name as own it would be this severe island Sweet...

  6. says:

    There is a really good chance that this will be my favorite book of 2015 I asked my boyfriend to smother me with a pillow so I couldn t finish reading it, because then I d be sad it was over, but for some reason he found that to be an unreasonable request Geesh But SEER EEE US LEE It broke my damned heart to finish it Moses Sweetland is a grumpy old man living o...

  7. says:

    2 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 2 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...

  8. says:

    This book struck out.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 This book struck out.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 st...

  9. says:

    I have learned that if I don t like the first two pages of a book I will never like it I thought it would be the same with this book because it was so boring, nothing was happening, not even up to maybe the first 100 pages So, why didn t I quit like I would otherwise Well, I love the ocean and wanted to read a book on village life in another country I am also reading books around the world and had looked for one set in the Netherlands But after 25 pages I did put it down a week later I pic I have learned that if I don t like the first two pages of a book I will never like it I thought it would be the same with this book because i...

  10. says:

    Oh what thoughts the imagination can conjure upboth mine and those of Moses 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 townno 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 Oh what thoughts the imagination can conjure upboth mine and those of Moses 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 townno 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 and his homeland on an island of Newfoundland from the very start, howeverBy the end of the novel, I was a bit perplexedalright a lot perplexedso I called my trusty GR friend Susan with my issues, view spoiler Who built Sweetland s cemetery cross Was it too an illusion When does he actually bite the bullet Could it be he died holding Jesse while tied to the ladder rails by the ocean while awaiti...

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