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Michael Crummey

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About the Author

Michael Crummey was born in Buchans, Newfoundland, Canada on November 18, 1965. He received a BA in English from Memorial University in 1987. He pursued graduate work at Queen's University, but dropped out of the PhD program in 1989. In 1986, he entered and won the Gregory J. Power Poetry Contest mostrar mais at Memorial University. He was first published in the St. John's-based literary mag TickleAce. In 1994, he won the inaugural Bronwen Wallace Award for Poetry. His first book of poetry, Arguments with Gravity, was published in 1996 and won the Writer's Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award for Poetry. His works include Hard Light, Emergency Roadside Assistance, and Flesh and Blood. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

Obras de Michael Crummey

Galore (2009) 738 cópias
Sweetland (2014) 530 cópias
River Thieves (2001) 423 cópias
The Innocents (2019) 364 cópias
The Wreckage (2005) 244 cópias
The Adversary (2023) 73 cópias
Hard Light (1998) 50 cópias
Flesh and Blood (2000) 35 cópias
Salvage (2002) 25 cópias
Under the Keel: Poems (2013) 19 cópias
Newfoundland (2004) 17 cópias
Passengers (2022) 6 cópias
Arguments with gravity (1996) 6 cópias

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Telegrams from Home, Vol. 1 — Contribuinte — 2 cópias

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You'll Be Some Sorry
Review of the Anchor Canada paperback edition (June 30, 2015) of the Doubleday Canada hardcover original (August 19, 2014).

I read Michael Crummey's Sweetland several years ago in my pre-reviewing days so did not leave much of a review at the time. Having now seen the 2023 film adaptation of the novel, I wanted to read it again. This was to fill in more of the background to the film, to confirm some of my understanding of the Newfoundland English that was used. Also, I've just been so continually impressed with Crummey's historical fiction about his home province, recently so with his 2023 novel The Adversary, that a re-read of an earlier book would be of interest.

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Threatening note sent to Moses Sweetland: "You get out or you'll be some sorry." Screengrab from the movie trailer.

Sweetland doesn't go very far back for historical fiction. It is set in an imagined small island outport community named after its founding family. The town is voting on resettlement (1954-ongoing), a process by which the provincial government closes isolated communities to save on services and pays the inhabitants compensation in turn for them to move to more populated areas. The outports had thrived during the cod fishery boom, but employment has been scarce since the 1992 collapse of the industry.

The town is 99% for resettlement, but it can't happen unless 100% agree to the payout offers and consent to move. Moses Sweetland, a crusty old fisherman and former lighthouse keeper, is one of the holdouts, along with 2 others. But as events evolve, Moses becomes the single holdout and is the object of disparaging remarks, anonymous threatening notes and even arson attacks.

It is a moving novel about swimming against the tide, wanting to hold onto the old ways, defiance against the mob and finally a man finding his own peace regardless of what others think. The film adaptation did it justice even though huge elements of the plot had to be cut in order to fit the reduced time frame (1 hour and 45 minutes in the movie version).

Trivia and Links
You can read an interview with Michael Crummey about How I wrote Sweetland at CBC Books from 2017.

There is a great interview with Michael Crummey giving the background to the book and his own life in The Scotsman from 2015 when the author was at the Ullapool Book Festival in Scotland.

You can watch the movie trailer for the film adaptation written and directed by Christian Sparkes on YouTube here.

Author Michael Crummey and screenwriter/director Christian Sparkes will be appearing at the Lakefield Literary Festival on Friday, July 19, 2024 to discuss the process of adapting the novel for film.
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alanteder | outras 53 resenhas | Jun 4, 2024 |
I struggled mightily with what to say about this book, and how to even classify my own thoughts. Other people have described it much better than I'm capable of doing now. (I'm thinking especially of Diane's review ).

What I will say is:

- Above all, I loved the characters in this book, especially the seemingly simple but utterly complex Moses Sweetland
- I'm glad I read this
- I've learned that as a reader I don't have much appreciation for "magical realism" (or anything in that realm). A deficiency on my part, for sure (it's one of the reasons why most people loved [b:The Snow Child|11250053|The Snow Child|Eowyn Ivey|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327098624s/11250053.jpg|16176521] and I just thought it was so-so). Sweetland contained many sequences that stretched the imagination, and I'm afraid mine is just a bit too fixed.

I listened to the audio version. The narrator had the most unique accent (perhaps he's a true Newfoundlander). I had to slow down the narration to be at a pace slower than what I usually listen to audio books. This may have contributed to my feeling that the book went on for just too long.

3.5 stars
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jj24 | outras 53 resenhas | May 27, 2024 |
This is a story of sibling rivalry -- a rivalry that draws in and affects everyone in the isolated hamlet where Abe Strapp and his sister the widow Caines, live. I found myself drawn into the story by the excellent writing and the sheer audacity of the main characters. At first, I was on the side of the widow, but it became apparent that she was at least as evil and manipulative as her brother, and that is saying a lot! Reading about them induced a morbid fascination.

Upon reflection, I think there was not enough of a story to carry the book. And the motivations for the characters were not well developed; nor were most of the characters. Abe, for example, is bad: vindictive, cruel and fairly stupid. The widow is socipoathiic. No nuances to either of them, or to anyone else for that matter.… (mais)
 
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LynnB | outras 5 resenhas | May 25, 2024 |
Loved the first half of the book, but it descended into so much misery in the second half it was hard to keep liking it. Excellent writer though.
 
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Abcdarian | outras 53 resenhas | May 18, 2024 |

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