Galore

Galore

A Novel

Book - 2010
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Winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book, Caribbean & Canada and the Canadian Authors Association Literary Award; Finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Book Award, and the Winterset Award

When a whale beaches itself on the shore of the remote coastal town of Paradise Deep, the last thing any of the townspeople expect to find inside it is a man, silent and reeking of fish, but remarkably alive. The discovery of this mysterious person, soon christened Judah, sets the town scrambling for answers as its most prominent citizens weigh in on whether he is man or beast, blessing or curse, miracle or demon. Though Judah is a shocking addition, the town of Paradise Deep is already full of unusual characters. King-me Sellers, self-appointed patriarch, has it in for an inscrutable woman known only as Devine’s Widow, with whom he has a decades-old feud. Her granddaughter, Mary Tryphena, is just a child when Judah washes ashore, but finds herself tied to him all her life in ways she never expects. Galore is the story of the saga that develops between these families, full of bitterness and love, spanning two centuries.
   With Paradise Deep, award-winning novelist Michael Crummey imagines a realm where the line between the everyday and the otherworldly is impossible to discern. Sprawling and intimate, stark and fantastical, Galore is a novel about the power of stories to shape and sustain us.

Baker & Taylor
Narrates the stories of six generation of two families who live in the small town of Deep Paradise set in Newfoudland, describing their loves and hates combined with elements of folklore and tales of witches, and ghosts.

Publisher: New York : Other Press, 2010
Edition: Other Press ed
ISBN: 9781590514344
1590514343
Branch Call Number: Fiction Crummey
Characteristics: 338 p. : geneal. table ; 21 cm

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WVMLStaffPicks Sep 17, 2014

This critically acclaimed author follows generations of two Newfoundland families in Paradise Deep who are tied together by forbidden love, revenge, and duty while separated by class, religion, and politics. Against the backdrop of a harsh coastal settlement, the folklore of the 19th century English and Irish immigrants brings hope in fantastical stories of unlikely resurrection.

IPL_Mandy Jun 14, 2014

An epic tale with one featured starlit: Newfoundland. With true Newfie "characters" and full of regional idioms, this was so much fun to read. After the opening which sees the arrival of an albino born from a whale, new characters brought new surprises. A chronicle of multiple generations who are tied inextricably to the place and one another.

Serving suggestion: jigg's dinner and boiled raisin cake

BPLNextBestAdults Jan 17, 2013

Get transported to untamed Newfoundland, peopled with a strange collection of characters. Not a book where you develop empathy for the characters but one where the narrative was a passing parade of their harsh lives and the times they endured.

There were definite interesting elements- Judah who is "born" from a whale's belly, forevermore bleached and stinking, or the priest who sleeps with the widow with the “ghost” of her husband sitting by the fire, or the webbed fingers passed down after an encounter with a mermaid.

As a generational novel, it crosses through history. There are wonderful insights into such things as the unionization of the fishing fleet, the ebb and flow of religious tolerance, long-held superstitions, and the intermingling of families. All elements of what make Newfoundland the oddity it is today.

Read-a-likes: The Shipping News- E. Annie Proulx, Graffer- Kevin Major, The Birth House- Ami McKay

samdog123 Aug 19, 2012

A whimisical view of the inhabitants of Paradise Bay, Newfoundland, dating from the late 1700's to the early 20th century. Well drawn characters and family relationships kept me turning the pages. An interesting read by an author I'd never read before.

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uncommonreader
Jul 27, 2012

A family saga occuring over two centuries. It is almost medieval in its description of outport life. Disappointing.

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muhrich
Dec 27, 2011

Crummey is a wonderful story-teller - his command of the language. wit and characterization draws you in from the very first page. Worth the read.

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Ireadalot2
Nov 06, 2011

Hated it. Couldn’t finish it. I found it improbable and rambling.

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Myrna90210
Oct 09, 2011

Loved it! I'm withholding that .5 because I found the entrance and exit of characters a bit abrupt sometimes.

Just like the dust jacket says; "Sprawling and intimate, fantastical and true...set in a realm somewhere between the stark coastal landscape and a world of superstition and myth..." I LOVED IT. I will admit that I enjoy reading stories set in Newfoundland. To me, having never been there myself or experienced it - yet, Newfoundland has a supernatural quality where anything can and does happen and I just eat that stuff up!

The story of a small outport and the town's inhabitants over four (I think) generations. It was a family saga that was completely enjoyable and illustrates how history repeats itself - you just have to wait long enough.

The interesting characters who kick off the story include Judah, the man who arrives in town via the belly of a beached whale; Devine's Widow, the local witch; King-me Sellers, local cut-throat merchant. The story starts with these main characters, but then continues to follow their heirs down through the genealogical chart. Support and peripheral characters are very important to this saga and help weave the details of everyone's ties together. Family and family history affects the rest of your life; for better or for worse.

ReadWellNB Oct 04, 2011

Pure magic! A real page turner!

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glendamiller
Aug 28, 2011

This was my first read of anything by Crummey and I found it extremely enjoyable. The folklore was wonderfully told. It was another that sat with me after I had finished it, wishing there was more.

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Nineshadesofnifty Jun 29, 2011

"I don't remember being born, she said, and I won't remember dying." - Devine's Widow (p.250)

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