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  • Paperback
  • 432
  • River Thieves
  • Michael Crummey
  • English
  • 15 December 2019
  • 9780385658171

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review River Thieves Read × PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free È Michael Crummey Michael Crummey È 5 Free read T of history one that has to go over the same events a few times before they begin to give up their secrets temporarily leaving his readers as disoriented as his benighted characters The book's real heart the Beothuks never becomes fully articulate; the Beothuks remain buried on the shore or encamped among the snows of Red Indian Lake Anyone who wants this kind of story to come euipped with heroes and perhaps even answers should turn to Rudy Wiebe but Crummey's labyrinthine approach has its own distinct appeal Jack Illingworth. I LOVED Michael Crummy s second novel The Wreckage I had River Thieves for months before starting it for fear of being disappointed I wasn t ready until Galore was published As it turns out I was disappointed which is not to say River Thieves is not a very good book It s just very different from The Wreckage It is Michael Crummy s first novel What disappointed me was that I had to really work to get into the book unlike the Wreckage which had me hooked right from the beginning That said it is a very interesting novel which takes place in the early 1800 s in Newfoundland Based on actual events it concerns interactions between native indians British settlers and Naval officials It s set on the northeast coast where the settlers fish in summer and trap in winter The Navy is hoping to establish friendly relations between the two groups both of whom depend on the same resources for their survival Michael Crummy is a Newfoundlander and the dialogue between characters is rich in collouialisms It is an interesting window into a different time and place

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review River Thieves Read × PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free È Michael Crummey Michael Crummey È 5 Free read Ient son of a relentlessly patriarchal local trader; Cassie Jure John Peyton Sr's literate aloof housekeeper; and Joseph Reilly a transported Irish thief and a genuinely decent trapper Crummey recounts a halfhearted attempt foiled by the colony's petty tensions to save the Beothuks River Thieves is an oddly meandering novel and this is its greatest appeal Rather than offering a grisly guilt ridden adventure story that rushes from its suitably portentous beginning to its inevitably sombre end Crummey works with a meandering sor. Review coming soon

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review River Thieves Read × PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free È Michael Crummey Michael Crummey È 5 Free read 2001 Giller Prize Nominee2002 comBooks in Canada First Novel Award Shortlist In River Thieves his first novel poet and short story writer Michael Crummey reaches far into Newfoundland's past to tell one of the colony's most tragic stories the extermination of the Beothuk people Through the lives and reminiscences of some of the colony's most prominent European residents David Buchan a naval explorer and idealist who attempts to bring the isolated Beothuks into productive contact with the British Empire; John Peyton Jr the obed. In the eyes of the British Crown at the time the island of Newfoundland wasn t considered a proper colony but a sort of floating fishing station and training ground for naval recruits a country that existed only during the summer months Most of the planters and fishermen returned to England for the winter as did the governor himself River Thieves is a fictional imagining of a real historic time that author Michael Crummey populated with real people those on the side whose stories have survived anyway and it reads like a history lesson an adventure tale and a finely wrought piece of ironic literature no matter how well intentioned the players involved the reader can see the noose tightening and the inevitability of a tragic outcome I was fighting against myself reading this book wanting to keep reading to see what would happen and desperately wanting to put this book down and turn my mind to something else In the early 1800s with Newfoundland sparsely populated outside of St John s and the indigenous Beothuk driven into the inhospitable interior of the island Governor Duckworth and his representative British naval officer James Buchan were determined to establish a friendly relationship with the Red Indians so named for the ochre that they rubbed onto their bodies and belongings Buchan travelled to the northeast shore where there resided colonists who had had sightings of the Beothuk and he encouraged several of these men to join his expedition to make contact Buchan s ultimate goal was to convince one of the Natives to return with him learn English and become an interpreter between the two peoples even if convincing meant kidnapping The expedition goes wrong and Governor Duckworth calls an end to the effortsA decade later after skirmishes between the Beothuk and the settlers Buchan returns under the orders of a new governor and this time he learns of the hidden histories of attacks and reprisals crimes and outrages prejudices and outright murder As Buchan once again leads a group into the frozen wilds of the interior it s unclear whether or not there are any Beothuk left to contact Humanising this grand sweep of events River Thieves is fleshed out with a fascinating array of characters each with their own private histories expertly unveiled As the reader learns of each character s hidden motivations it becomes easier to spot the villains but no easier to prevent the Beothuk s fate We have taken the tragedy of an entire race of people Mr Peyton and cheapened it with our own sordid little melodrama I was fascinated by this concept I have no idea if Duckworth and Buchan s intentions were really this altruistic find a way to communicate with the Beothuk even if it means taking and educating one of them against his will but without a method of communicating the cycle of misunderstandings theft reprisal ambushes and recompense would never end and ultimately it didn t matter who started the cycle it was inevitable who would come out on top But were the British overlords really compassionate towards the Beothuk than they were everywhere else on the continent As Crummey outlines his research at the end I ll have to take his word for it unless I decide to go to original sources myself Crummey expertly captured the minutia of the era in both the domestic and political spheres with an especial focus on the work of the men the fishing trapping hunting and dressing of meat and furs He also has a real talent for writing women characters and the lives and labours of both Cassie and Annie Boss were totally believable The history of this time was very interesting with the British government s stance on Newfoundland being influenced by the recent Revolutionary War in America the shifting relationship with the French during and after the Napoleonic wars and the hierarchy of prejudices among the colonists themselves the British brought with them their firm class system with which to judge each other but they all looked down their noses at Irish Catholics and Natives while the Mi kma who settled on Newfoundland with the French felt superior to the Beothuk and as for Buchan every time he was confronted with English atrocities he was pleased to point out that he was Scottish Capturing a long gone time and place with a prose style that is as spare and lovely as Newfoundland itself Crummey s first novel is an engaging and worthwhile read The sun had fallen below the ceiling of grey cloud illuminating the enormous stretch of ice and the snow on the branches of spruce terraced on the valley s hills burned gold all around them It was like walking into a cathedral lit with candles and the group stood there exhausted and breathing heavily leaning on walking sticks and bent forward to balance the weight of their packs all with the worn look of awe of a group of pilgrims