Mar 312011

Galore by Michael Crummey
Rating: 3/5
Source: Review copy from NetGalley
Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website

Published March 2011.

Judah arrives in Paradise Deep, Newfoundland in the belly of a whale. He is cut out of the whale and joins a community full of unique characters. The story follows the families through multi-generations and many changes.

This book screamed literature. It seemed like the type of book taught in advanced high school English classes. It had a dreamy mist about it that kept me from becoming immersed in the story. I felt a step removed the entire time I was reading it.

The characters were definitely unique. And yet they seemed quintessionally Newfoundlander. Full of love and loyalty for the sea, and their special rock.

The story reminded me of The Old Man and The Sea. I’m not sure how accurate the comparison is since I haven’t read it since high school over 10 years ago, but within the first 20 pages, this is what I immediately thought. If anyone has read both stories more recently, perhaps you could tell me if my comparison makes sense.

Overall, this was a very interesting read. It was a vast overview of life starting from the 1800s and progressing through several generations. The characters and families intertwine so complexly, and yet still make sense. I just wish I could have felt closer to the story.

  2 Responses to “Galore”

  1. This one was very interesting. I totally agree with you about the sort of “dreamy” kind of atmosphere, too!

  2. Yep – well said Sarah!

    I would qualify this book as “literary fiction”… which I am only just learning about. Most of what this publisher does is literary. I adore Other Press. Have you been to their website?

    I have read a number of their books – my favorite is The Unit. Excellent… a slow start but toward the end … a big Wow!!!


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