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Galore

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  • Posted June 16, 2011

    Transports the Reader

    I started reading Galore and I was carried off my own feet in my small apartment in Nepal, carried to a cold and difficult island off the east coast of Canada. Carried so effectively that it didn't matter whether or not I previously thought of Newfoundland as such a barren, unwelcoming place, what mattered was that I believed it. I believed that a man could be cut from a whale and smell of fish ever after, that he could pass the trait to his son, that he could be mute and white and magical. I believed that the people worked terrifically hard, that the people had superstitions sewn into them from birth, that passing through the branches of a tree could save people's lives.

    Galore was tough, unrelenting in character introduction and pace, epic in its portrayal of four generations, harsh in description. It was never soft, barely hopeful. But it brought me to a place I had never been before, a place where a young girl might choose to have all her teeth removed, just because they might rot one day, a place where love and food and procreation and religion are salty and difficult, harsh as the coldest sea. I could barely keep up at times, I flipped through pages looking again for character names, and at times I winced at events I found repulsive or offensive, but I never, ever lost my awe at the quality of Crummey's writing. Galore is terrific and terrifying, an incredible read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 4, 2011

    Magical

    I heard about this book on NPR. The author read just a few lines of the beginning of the book and described how he intertwined different folk-lore into one story.
    Since the sensational always seems to catch my attention I had to check it out. I bought the book and came home and I couldn't put it down. I got up and read while I ate breakfast, went to work, came home and started reading again.
    The characters are so well thought out, it is really as though this place does exist, and it draws you into its own realm.

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  • Posted July 6, 2011

    a wonderful read

    One of the best in historical fiction I've read in a long time. It crosses several generations of the families in Paradise Deep and includes a healthy dose of legend. I stayed up far too late into the night with this one because I wanted to know what would happen next.

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