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From bestselling award winning author Michael Crummey comes a sweeping heart wrenching deeply immersive novel about a brother and sister alone in a small world A brother and sister are orphaned in an isolated cove on Newfoundland's northern coastline Their home is a stretch of rocky shore governed by the feral ocean by a relentless pendulum of abundance and murderous scarcity Still childre. Ava was ten her brother twelve when her less than a year old baby sister died Their mother and father took sick and soon followed The family has lived an isolated life in a secluded New Toy Diane cove their access to people restricted to the elderly woman who came to help her mother during the birthing Now they were truly alone Alone but not helpless having helped their parents in their daily lives Fishing for for trading with a ship that came once a year the bartered for the supplies they needed to see them through the winter Life was far from easy but they fou d joy in small things small treasures found on the shoreline berry picking A few others would make their way to the cove introducing them to some examples of the world outside their coveA uiet novel with a slow pace but one that gives the reader beautiful descriptions of cove and nature It did go to a place that made me a little uncomfortable but the story and their life pus the title reminded me that these tow knew little were innocent in some ways and had no one else A story that I not only read but felt inside hope these two would prosper find a life that in the future would fit There is just something about these uiet but meaningful novels that for ne never fail to appeal I loved these characters struggled with them and wished they had found a different way They did though the best with what they knew and what they had How could that be looked down onShe went through the other contents of her shelf culling the shells and rocks and feathers that had lost their lustre objects that had once possessed a hint of magic or beauty or mystery and now seemed merely ordinary It was confounding to see magic and beauty and mystery Leach out of a thing to think it could be used up like a store of winter suppliesPleasure and shame Shame and pleasure These were the world s currencies And itbpaid out both in eual measureARC from Edelweiss

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Into the mystery of their own natures even that loyalty will be testedThis novel is richly imagined and compulsively readable a riveting story of hardship and survival and an unflinching exploration of the bond between brother and sister By turns electrifying and heartbreaking it is a testament to the bounty and barbarity of the world to the wonders and strangeness of our individual selve. The Innocents is an example of great storytelling It reminded me a lot of Hannah Kent s Burial Rites It is a beautifully constructed measured story of two orphans innocent of social expectations and norms the world of commerce and adult relationships The real star of this novel is the inhospitable Newfoundland Coast Crummey brings this desolate environment to life and it looms large in every moment a force which perpetually threatens to overwhelm the innocence of Ada and Everedd This novel isn t for the faint hearted It s challenging and at times gruesomely direct but it s also absorbing My main complaint was that the ending is uite abrupt A great read which I m so glad my book club brought to my attention

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N with only the barest notion of the outside world they have nothing but the family's boat and the little knowledge passed on haphazardly by their mother and father to keep themAs they fight for their own survival through years of meagre catches and storms and ravaging illness it is their fierce loyalty to each other that motivates and sustains them But as seasons pass and they wade deeper. Such desolation and yet such beauty Wow I loved this book I hadn t even been sure I d like it let alone love it and I m glad I decided to read it The Innocents tells the story of two children whose parents are raising them along the coast of northern Newfoundland It is a remote area far from even the nearest town When the parents die the children are left to their own innovativeness and fortitude in order to survive in this bleakest and cruelest of locations The winters are long and brutal the summers short and full of hard work There is no electricity no running water no supermarkets and certainly no internet These two brave young people must rely on just themselves and each other for everything They know very little of the outside world and have only met a handful of other people The perils they face are many from starvation to illness and This is a remarkable book I was drawn in from the very beginning invested in these kids lives hoping they would survive It is gritty and brutal and yet I did not want to put it down I didn t like the hunting parts but at the same time I knew these children needed to do whatever it took to survive and also at least the animals had a decent life not suffering in some factory farm during their livesThe story was predictable and yet that did not take away from my enjoyment of it It is written so well that I could almost feel myself shiver in that cold and harsh environment see the ice and snow covered landscape feel the bitter biting wind on my face This is a remarkable book and I highly recommend itNote this is not YA despite it being about childrenteens


10 thoughts on “The Innocents

  1. says:

    Ava was ten her brother twelve when her less than a year old baby sister died Their mother and father took sick and soon followed The family has lived an isolated life in a secluded New Toy Diane cove their access

  2. says:

    The Innocents Shortlisted for the 3 major literary awards of 2019 The Giller Prize The Governor General’s Awards and the Rogers Writers Trust Prize There is much to admire in Michael Crummey’s writing He masterfully evokes a time and place

  3. says:

    They were left together in the cove then with its dirt floored stud tilt with its garden of root vegetables and its scatter of outbuildings with its looming circle of hills and rattling brook and its view of the ocean's grey expanse beyond the harbour skerries The cove was the heart and sum of all creation in their eyes and they we

  4. says:

    I regret to say that at about the 23 mark I bailed on this book Yes it’s atmospheric and well written but I came to find the story of two orphaned siblings in remote late 18th century Newfoundland increasingly tedious I grew weary of reading view spoilerabout the sexual tension and sexual activity between the t

  5. says:

    35 rounded upSweetland was my favorite book of 2015 so I was so delighted that the long four year wait was finally over with Mr Crummey's new novel Unsurprisingly it is both set in Newfoundland and has a mixture of the ha

  6. says:

    Such desolation and yet such beauty Wow I loved this book I hadn't even been sure I'd like it let alone love it and I'm glad I decided to read it  The Innocents tells the story of two children whose parents are raising them alon

  7. says:

    The story of two orphaned siblings fighting for survival on the wild Labrador coast of Newfoundland With the exception of a couple of dramatic set pieces the plot is secondary to the 'extraordinary' relationship that develops between brother and sister I use the word 'extraordinary' here to elude to a theme which is cent

  8. says:

    THE INNOCENTS is an atmospheric story of survival set in 18th century Newfoundland It begins with death leaving a

  9. says:

    The Innocents is an example of great storytelling It reminded me a lot of Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites It is a be

  10. says:

    This novel is written with a supernatural attention to detail It's as if Crummey has taken it upon himself to inhabit the interior spaces of the brother and sister that he conjures up from his imagination He inhabits their daily lives He channels them onto the page for us until I could see and feel what these characters s

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