Random Passage

Random Passage

Book - 1992
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Publisher: c1992.
Branch Call Number: FIC Morga

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gloryb
Oct 04, 2017

This novel describes the life of 19th century fishermen and their families who live on a Cape north of St. John's, Newfoundland. Having visited this rugged coastline on the Eastern side of Newfoundland and read the information boards in The Rooms, the museum in St. John's, about the Irish and English families who came to live there, I was most interested in reading Morgan's book. She describes well the daily routine of the lives of the fishermen's families during the fishing season, the dangers the men face when sealing, and their debt ridden alliance to the merchant who deals unfairly with these poor families. The unbelievable poverty of these families is described with tact. Their joy, but also their sadness comes from family - marriages, births of many children, deaths of the young and old. The author begins the story from the POV of one family who is forced to immigrate to Newfoundland due to a minor offence committed by a family member. They land at an outport where a man who works for the St. John's merchant takes them in. She ends the story from the POV of that company man by filling in the missing details about that man's life - why he came to that outport, his interactions with the families on his Cape, where he went when he left the Cape. His story is fascinating as well because he gives a different perspective of the interactions among the people on the Cape. I liked his anger at the merchants who seemed unwilling to pay their fishermen/sealers a decent wage and who always found ways to subtract a debt from that wage, leaving the men with only a few coins in their pockets. It may take a while to get into the story, but it then becomes intriguing to see how the families subsist and their interrelationships. Elsewhere I had seen a couple of episodes of the DVD, Random Passage, and wanted to see the whole DVD, but since my library only had the a copy of the book, I had to be satisfied with reading it. The DVD episodes were excellent.

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Liber_vermis
Sep 01, 2013

This chronicle of the daily struggle for subsistence in an isolated outport fishing hamlet in Newfound Land unfolds to the pace of the seasons over about a 30 year period in the early 1800s. The final chapters contrast with the prior part with its first person point of view and time shift. Were these chapters for the publisher to get to 250 pages or by the author to set the stage for the sequel? This novel would have benefited from a glossary of local jargon such as brin bag, streel, yaffle, and sunker.

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patl
Feb 07, 2011

The Andrews family leaves England for a tiny settlement perched on rock btwn dense forest and the inhospitable ocean. The tiny outport community struggles for survival in the threat of starvation and fatal illness with surprise attacks by privateers and a savage polar bear. Setting is in northeastern Newfoundland.

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patl
Apr 18, 2011

Lois and Ted Hole create a farming life nr St. Alberta. Lois grew to be one of Canada's best know and most respect gardeners. Lois shares her stories of the fascination & frustration of gardening, the endless mircacles of learning, loving and growing. Hole eventually becomes Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.

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