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The scarcely populated town of Sweetland rests on the shore of a remote Canadian island. Its slow decline finally reaches a head when the mainland government offers each islander a generous resettlement package--the sole stipulation being that everyone must leave. Fierce and enigmatic Moses Sweetland, whose ancestors founded the village, is the only one to refuse. As he watches his neighbors abandon the island, he recalls the town's rugged history and its eccentric cast of characters
Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, 2015
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780871407900
Branch Call Number: F CRUMM-M
Characteristics: 322 pages ; 25 cm


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Feb 16, 2018

Michael Crummey's wistfully haunting novel, mesmerizing in its melancholy focus on how fateful and fleeting life is. Magnified all the more being set on an island, off the southern Newfoundland coast, with the lead character's on-going experiences interspersed and framed by memory spilling its contents into his consciousness. The notion of abandonment (people, place, opportunity) unnervingly acute. Sweetland offers a pearl of insight into life on the edge of Newfoundland.

Oct 25, 2017

It looked like it would be a good story, but I just couldn't stand the guy reading it. Why on earth would they pick a stuffy British accent, some pommy toff, to read a Newfoundland story??! I couldn't get past it. I may try to read the print version, but it will take awhile to get that bad taste out of my ears.

Jul 25, 2017

I am in the minority, but I did not love this book. It was a bit of a chore to read, but I stuck it out because it was for my Book Club. Moses is a great character, the community is full of diverse and interesting people, but it just didn't grab my interest. I enjoyed the second half more, and I did want to find out what happened, but not a 'must read' for me.

Mar 19, 2017

A wonderful novel. I couldn't help loving the main character, Sweetland, crazy and misguided as he was. This is the second novel I've read by this author and I loved them both.

Jan 29, 2017

Take me back b'y! While not a Newfie myself, but a visitor often enough to have an opinion, Crummey has painted a vivid picture of a people and a land. It takes a certain grit to live on an island where life is pared down to the bare essence. There is so much hard work involved in scraping together a life on this rock, and yet those who move away pine for it as if they had been cast from Eden. I know I'm too soft to survive the hardship of life out there, but it is fascinating to glimpse into the minds of my heartier forefathers. Sweetland is the closest thing I've read to recreating the sense of a place.

Jan 03, 2016

Excellent book...well developed characters, sense of place and storyline. Reminded me somewhat of the another excellent book titles 'Rockbound' by Frank Parker Day. Recommended. On the longlist for CBC's Canada Reads 2016.

Dec 22, 2015

the story touches you heart. i want to read it again sometime in the future. there is no definite division between past and present, dreams and reality, the hero's thoughts and what happening at the present. could be confusing.

Nov 25, 2015

This is a very good story with a strong sense of place, albeit a place and way of life that has been overtaken by the "modern world" as there are no longer any fish and the young people are forced to leave. Moses is the last of 12 generations to live in this community as he tries to survive with dignity. Good. Sad.

Oct 26, 2015

Absolutely brilliant, poetry in a novel. I could not put it down. Its deep sadness sparkles with humor throughout.

Oct 22, 2015

I'm listening to the recording of this book. It's great, but I question the choice of readers. While there are many Newfoundland actors and other talented professionals who could read this book in the distinct style, the person reading it has an English accent. The only accent he remotely has success with is the Welsh accent of the reverend. And half the times he forgets to use it. He even mispronounces Newfoundland, and also capelin and Javex (as in bottle). Yeesh, it's distracting.

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quagga Dec 30, 2014

"Slept in the wheelhouse under an old blanket with a pair of coveralls rolled up as a pillow. The mauze lifted a little at first light and he thought he might be able to pick his way home. Had the island in sight when the mist muffled in, so thick he couldn't see ten feet past the bow."


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