River Thieves

River Thieves

eBook - 2001
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In elegant, sensual prose, Michael Crummey crafts a haunting tale set in Newfoundland at the turn of the 19th century. A richly imagined story about love, loss and the heartbreaking compromises--both personal and political--that undermine lives, River Thieves is a masterful debut novel. Published in Canada and the United States, it joins a wave of classic literature from eastern Canada, including the works of Alistair MacLeod, Wayne Johnston and David Adams Richards, while resonating at times with the spirit of Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain and Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy.

An enthralling story of passion and suspense, River Thieves captures both the vast sweep of history and the intimate lives of a deeply emotional and complex cast of characters caught in its wake.

Publisher: [Toronto?] : Doubleday Canada, c2001.
ISBN: 9780307374882
Characteristics: 1 online resource.


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Oct 21, 2011

I read this book a couple of years ago. Then found Michael was to be the resource author on A circumnavigation cruise of
Newfoundland I re-read and 2nd time was magic. There is such depth of character and 2nd time did not lose track of them.
Met Michael on cruise and found him to be a quiet, introspective young man with great knowledge, interest and love of Newfoundland and its' people..

Oct 01, 2011

This was a hard-to-follow, boring read. I was interested to read about the Beothuk, but lost interest when I lost track of the characters' names.

m2 Feb 03, 2011

Beautifully written fiction about very early Canadian history. Centers on the extinction of one group of Native Americans and how immigrants contributed to their demise. Compelling reading -- complex characters.


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Mar 13, 2012

River Thieves is a beautifully written and compelling novel that breathes life into the pivotal events which shaped relations between the Beothuk Indians of Newfoundland and European settlers. Following a series of expeditions made under the order of the British Crown, the reader witnesses the tragic fallout from these missions as the Beothuk vanish and the web of secrets guarded by the settlers slowly begin to unravel …Told in elegant sensual prose this is an enthralling historical novel of great passion and suspense, driven by the extraordinary cast of characters. And with it Michael Crummey establishes himself as one of Canada’s most exciting new talents.

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