A Novel of Newfoundland

Book - 1997
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Caustic, poetic, profoundly moving, Gaffer jackknifes through five hundred years of Newfoundland history, and lunges ahead through fifty more. The young gaffer at its centre is tormented by the death of his father aboard a doomed offshore rig.  He refuses to stand idle and watch his outport home collapse.  Obsessively pulled to the sea, the boy transforms himself into a creature able to take to the depths of the ocean, and swim freely across tide and time.  There he confronts denizens of the island's past.  And it is there he is granted a view of its blackened future. In his finest book to date, Kevin Major spins the language and legends of Newfoundland into a rawly distant narrative.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, c1997
ISBN: 9780385256674
Branch Call Number: YF MAJ NVD
Characteristics: 202 p. : ill., map ; 22 cm


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Oct 19, 2011

I couldnt get into this book at all.

Sep 04, 2009

An odd but interesting little novel. Gaffer is a teenage Newfoundlander in a dying outport, who turns into, um, a sort of human fish, and travels through both water and time. Part Newfoundland myth, part magic realism, it's quirky but enjoyable.

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