I loved how Crummey told this story moving around in time to weave a plot with surprises In the process several characters became nuanced and my assumptions disproved He also told the story with continual reminders to the senses of this Newfoundland world the cold the ice the mud the flickering candles at night the annoyance
flies in the summer the smell of the chamber pot I feel very lucky to have read this Shortly after finishing his newer book Galore I realized I had purchased this book from the library s discarded book sale And now it on my favorites shelf a story I will undoubtedly have in my mind when I think of Newfoundland with Cassie a character I didn t uite understand but certainly cared about I reread this novel for a presentation I have volunteered to do at the library Honestly I rarely reread books any since I have so many new ones I want to get through but I am very glad I picked up River Thieves again It is very goodI love Crummey s narrative techniue in this book He outlines the key vent of the plot
of flies in the summer the smell of the chamber pot I feel very lucky to have read this
the capture of a Beothuk woman at the very beginning and then he capture of a Beothuk woman at the very beginning and then he to this moment many times as the story develops Each time we learn details It is as if Crummey has drawn a colouring book which he fills in "vividly during the course of his work Crummey seamlessly moves back and forth through history as well giving "during the course of his work Crummey seamlessly moves back and forth through history as well giving the main characters backstories to help us know them better The characters are very richly drawn as a resultIn this his first novel Crummey The Time It Never Rained explores the history and the culture of his native province Newfoundland something he does again in his later books The Wreckage and Galore His common thematic foci of unreuited love and the struggle against nature are introduced here 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 thearly 1800 s in Newfoundland Based on actual The Child of the Soul and Other Stories 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 tostablish 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 Michael Crummey hails from Nova Scotia where the book is set so its no wonder he can describe in such intimate detail the little rivers and creeks necks and beaches hills and valleys I found myself totally immersed in the world that was St John in the Childrens Phantasies early 1800s the lives of the trappers and the interference of the English Crummey brought the time period. River Thieves is a beautifully written and compelling novel that breathes life into the pivotalvents which shaped relations between the Beothuk Indians of Newfoundland and European settlers Following a series of xpedi. ,
Or already vanished breed of Indians in Newfoundland The characters are strong
and memorable the terrain rough and unforgiving a great place to situate memorable the terrain rough and unforgiving a great place to situate story In the yes of the British Crown at the time the island of Newfoundland wasn t considered a proper colony but a sort of floating fi In the The Soviet Union early 1800s the territory that will become Newfoundland is still populated by Beothuk Micmac and various Europeansngaged in hunting trapping and fishing The British governor hopes to Gods and Heroes establish cordial relations with the Beothuk also called Red Indians for the red ochre they used to paint their bodies Responding to his call to bring back a Beothuk who will learn English and serve as an intermediary John Peyton and a band of men find a camp and capture a Beothuk woman setting in motion a series of tragicncounters between the Indians and the EuropeansJohn Peyton joins his father John Senior on one of his regular trips to Newfoundland from England when he is only a boy of fourteen He never returns to England and learns instead the life of a trapper and fisherman working his father s Science, Technology and Culture extensive holdings in the new land He works with trappers who have participated in Indian wars and taken opportunities for wanton cruelty who have married Indians and moved to the interior who have trapped alone among both tribes for decades or who have lived in the growing port of St John s surviving fires and famine They live hard lives of deprivation violence and physicallyxhausting work with little rewardCassie Jura leaves St John s to tend house for John Senior and "Tutor Young John Peyton A Woman Who Knows The Outdoors "young John Peyton A woman who knows the outdoors well as any man Cassie is also No Beast So Fierce erudite and stoic With her trunk of books she teaches the young boy about Shakespeare and the larger world but tells nothing of herself She knows little about John Seniorxcept that he lets her live her life while he traps and hunts When John Peyton brings home a Beothuk woman named Mary it becomes Cassie s job to teach her EnglishThis is a stunning tale of life in the 1800s in an unforgiving land among hardened settlers The characters are superbly drawn The women are specially well developed Cassie Annie Boss and Mary among others I couldn t get nough of Annie Boss a Micmac woman married to Reilly an Irish trapper The prejudices and fears and hatred cut across Last Chance Bride every nationality religion race occupation challenging the men and women atvery step The book is a joy to read Crummy holds the reader with Whos Cheatin Who? (Thoroughbred Legacy every sentence urging the reader to take time withach thought Lawman Lover (Outlaws, each turn of phrase or incident Highly recommended Michael Crummey draws a very rich portrayal of a little known struggle in history between thearly settlers in newfoundland and the Beothuk Indians who were driven to City Girl in Training extinction by being cut off from their resources and way of life The characters are portrays as multilayered flawed individuals faced with difficult choices to make in order to survive in a harsh landscape The story moves back and forth in time to reveal and details on a pivotalvent which has a profound Mystery at Kittiwake Bay effect on all involved both directly and indirectly in it Michael Crummey is truly a Canadian gem. Sual prose this is annthralling historical novel of great passion and suspense driven by the Dangerous Waters (Cold Case Files extraordinary cast of characters And with it Michael Crummeystablishes himself as one of Canada's most xciting new talents.
Read & Download River ThievesTo life in ways I could never get from a history book He also takes a very daring approach to historical fiction in his depictin of the Red Indians and the MicMacs given that our current political correctness sometimes causes us to whitewash the way that Native Americans were thought of and treated This is a nice contrast to Louise Erdrich s books which are from the viewpoint of the native Crummey s book is from the viewpoint of the trapper There are also graphic descriptions of trapping practices including setting traps coming upon a frightened animal who has tried to chew its way out of a leg trap slaughter and skinning These sections of the book are not for the sueamish If you have any interest in arly pre nation settlement of Canada you will love this book as much as I do Crummy s first novel is set in Newfoundland in 1810 when Captain David Buchan arrives with orders from the English king to make contact with Beothuk also known as the Red Indians because of the ochre they smear on their skins The local settlers are less than nthusiastic the Beothuk are reclusive they claim moving about with the seasons and the vidence of their presence is usually in the form of stolen goods or killings Nevertheless John Peyton agrees to recruit a few of his fellow trappers and take the marines north Peyton s father
known as John Senior warns that the journey will be futile and perhaps An Italian Education even tragic Itnds when two marinesas John Senior warns that the journey will be futile and perhaps Protecting the Colton Bride Coltons Cowboy Code even tragic Itnds when two marines brutally slaughtered But Buchan returns a few years later with orders not only to stablish relations with the Beothuk but to find out the truth behind an incident that left two Indian men dead on an icy lake The truth unravels slowly thwarted by lies rivalries secrets and loyalties Crummy s tale set against the unforgiving winter landscape is a study of human survival its violence passion and revenge At the heart of it all are the conflicts and loyalties within the Peyton household among the father his son and and Cassie an independent woman brought home years arlier by John Senior as a teacher a housekeeper and possibly a lover The main characters are complex forced by circumstances to trust one another despite their basic distrust Buchan s arrival sets the stage for secrets of the past to start unravelingCrummy brings this erie
Melancholy World To Life Particularlyworld to life particularly his brilliant descriptions of the hostile Newfoundland landscape His cast of characters in addition to those mentioned above are intriguing and original There s Joseph Reilly branded and xpatriated as a boy for picking pockets and his Christian Mikmuk wife Annie Boss the local healer and midwife Richmond and Taylor rough trappers who have known one another since childhood Mary a young Beothuk woman kidnapped by John Peyton in an act of government sanctioned reparation for stolen goods Governor Hamilton the ineffective overseer of the colony And many lesser but still significant characters some long dead yet still wielding influence over the settlersThis is the second novel by Michael Crummy that I have read and Forbidden Stranger enjoyed and I look forward to catching up with the rest Review coming soon Fabulous story about a vanishing. Tions made under the order of the British Crown the reader witnesses the tragic fallout from these missions as the Beothuk vanish and the web of secrets guarded by the settlers slowly begin to unravel Told inlegant sen.