Sweetland

Sweetland Historia przekornej mi o ci cz owieka do ch odnej i niego cinnej ziemi na kt rej si urodzi W powie ci Michaela Crummeya polscy czytelnicy znajd wszystko to za co pokochali jego tw rczo Autor kolejny

  • Title: Sweetland
  • Author: Michael Crummey
  • ISBN: 9788393665372
  • Page: 294
  • Format: Paperback
  • Historia przekornej mi o ci cz owieka do ch odnej i niego cinnej ziemi, na kt rej si urodzi.W powie ci Michaela Crummeya polscy czytelnicy znajd wszystko to, za co pokochali jego tw rczo Autor kolejny raz odmalowuje pejza Nowej Fundlandii zaludniony przedziwnymi postaciami, kt re spotka mo na wy cznie na tamtejszych wybrze ach lud mi twardymi i krn brnymi, pomimHistoria przekornej mi o ci cz owieka do ch odnej i niego cinnej ziemi, na kt rej si urodzi.W powie ci Michaela Crummeya polscy czytelnicy znajd wszystko to, za co pokochali jego tw rczo Autor kolejny raz odmalowuje pejza Nowej Fundlandii zaludniony przedziwnymi postaciami, kt re spotka mo na wy cznie na tamtejszych wybrze ach lud mi twardymi i krn brnymi, pomimo nadej cia XXI wieku wci opisuj cymi wiat w sobie tylko w a ciwy spos b.Osad Chance Cove na wysepce Sweetland zamieszkuje kilkadziesi t os b, kt re z trudem wi koniec z ko cem po zapa ci nowofundlandzkiego rybo wstwa Nic dziwnego, e z o ona przez rz d propozycja sowitej rekompensaty za opuszczenie podupadaj cej mie ciny na kra cu wiata wywo uje w r d by ych rybak w ogromne poruszenie Jedynym warunkiem jest jednomy lna zgoda wszystkich mieszka c w na przeprowadzk Plany s siad w krzy uje Moses Sweetland, emerytowany latarnik uparcie sprzeciwiaj cy si opuszczeniu ukochanej wyspy Gdy zbli a si termin ostatecznej decyzji, narastaj ca niech mieszka c w Chance Cove daje Sweetlandowi podstawy do obaw o w asne ycie Splot konflikt w, tragedii oraz wci ywych bolesnych wspomnie popchnie go do szalonego postanowienia, w wyniku kt rego wiadomie ska e si na nieodwo aln izolacj Sweetland to poruszaj ca, kameralna powie o schy ku dawnego wiata oraz powolnym zaniku ma ych, odosobnionych spo eczno ci, niemaj cych racji bytu z dala od skrawka ziemi, na kt rym si zawi za y To misternie skonstruowane dzie o o autodestrukcyjnej przekorze oraz zawzi tej walce cz owieka z nieub aganymi prawami stanowionymi przez spo ecze stwo i natur To wreszcie subtelna przypowie o samotno ci ekstrapolowanej daleko poza granice absurdu.

    One thought on “Sweetland”

    1. I must have walked past this book on the “New Books” library shelf four or five times. I would pick it up, read the blurb on the inside cover, and think, “Nope. Not my kind of book” and put it back. Finally, I added it to my stack and took it home. I sat on the couch with my stack of goodies from the library and opened the book to scan the first few pages. A couple of days later, I sat on the same couch, gutted.“Sweetland” is about a 69 year old man named Moses Sweetland who lives on [...]

    2. I'm done and it couldn’t have been fast enough. Took 100 pages to finally grasp at something that had potential but snowballed into something that went on for far too long.Moses Sweetland, 70, sits in his house on an island not far from St. John's, Nfld. The government is pressuring folks to sell and he is the only one holding out. Until, the tide does change and for circumstances I won't disclose, the choice to at last go with the majority doesn't come to fruition. The story flits from presen [...]

    3. How does one measure the value of a man's life? Is it the house he lives in? The amount of possessions he has? The family and friends who love him or those he loves? Twelve generations have lived on the island of Sweetland, a mythical place off the Newfoundland coast, they have made due with little and supported each other through hard times. The governments price is 100,000 dollars, but only if everyone leaves the island. Many accept, this is their chance to have an easier life and that is a lo [...]

    4. This one crept up on me and bowled me over with the stubborn and quiet heroism of a character who resists the inevitable destruction of his way of life and loss of his rural community. Moses Sweetland lives on a Newfoundland island named after his ancestors. Decades after the commercial cod fishery shut down, most capable ambitious residents have gone to elsewhere in Canada to seek work, leaving mostly misfits and the elderly behind to cling to the old ways. Sweetland has been totally bound into [...]

    5. Sweetland, what an equivocal name. Remote, tiny island on the Atlantic, part of Newfoundland. There used to be a fishing settlement but when novel starts it is half empty, inhabited by the old and misfits of all descriptions. Due to economic reasons Canadian government offered to them a good price for leaving and moving on the continent. Most of residents accepted the proposal. With one exception.Moses Sweetland, whose ancestors were the first ones who inhabited the island, is the only one who d [...]

    6. There is a really good chance that this will be my favorite book of 2015. I asked my boyfriend to smother me with a pillow so I couldn’t finish reading it, because then I’d be sad it was over, but for some reason he found that to be an unreasonable request. Geesh. But SEER EEE US LEE. It broke my damned heart to finish it. Moses Sweetland is a grumpy old man living on a small island in Canada (which is also named Sweetland.) The government wants to buy out all the island’s inhabitants and [...]

    7. 2★As always the rating is based on my emotional response rather than the book’s merit and does not do justice to the author’s talent. Admirable and atmospheric prose, compelling storyline, great characters; yet rating a book I did not enjoy reading is challenging as I feel I’m being a bit unfair. I needed to ponder this one a bit and fear much of the narrative and nuance passed me by.Reviewer Nicholas Herring wrote “an impressively prolonged and often exhausting study of grief and ghos [...]

    8. This book struck out.I tried three different times to read this novel. THREE. Each time I got a little farther into the story, but I always got frustrated with the writing and gave up. I even tried listening to the audiobook, thinking I could trudge through, but I still became annoyed by the cliched characters and bad dialogue.The story is that the government is trying to move everyone off a remote island called Sweetland, near Newfoundland. The main character, Moses Sweetland, refuses to leave [...]

    9. I have learned that if I don't like the first two pages of a book I will never like it. I thought it would be the same with this book because it was so boring, nothing was happening, not even up to maybe the first 100 pages. So, why didn't I quit like I would otherwise? Well, I love the ocean and wanted to read a book on village life in another country. I am also reading books around the world and had looked for one set in the Netherlands. But after 25 pages I did put it down; a week later I pic [...]

    10. Oh what thoughts the imagination can conjure up(both mine and those of Moses)Despite sinister threats and an inviting $100k incentive, stubborn 69 year old Moses Sweetland is determined not to leave his beloved home in Chance Cove, but ultimately finds himself living in the eerie stillness of a ghost town. (no spoiler here)And while I admit it took some time to make character connections and get into a comfortable reading groove, I really did like Moses, his sarcasm, his take charge ways and his [...]

    11. This author Michael Crummey does know his arse from a dory — unlike the hapless Toronto journalist writing about the “authentic Newfoundland” and disparaged by the book’s main character, Moses Sweetland.Sweetland. From the old family of Swietlund. Several generations in a small village on the coast of Newfoundland. They lived the traditional Newfoundland fishing life. The men and the boys out on the seas, or out in the backwoods trapping and hunting. The women on land, salting and preser [...]

    12. ETA: There are two more reasons why this book disappointed me. There is no discussion of a government's right to move people out of the hinterlands, to force them to live where everybody else lives. Obviously this is cheaper for the state! There is no analysis of this whatsoever - nothing about economics, safety, education, public facilities.In the way the offer is set out, in that all agree or the deal is off, the focus is shifted to the pressure of neighbors, fellow island inhabitants. Two com [...]

    13. What just happened here? The book started out in a really promising, interesting way. Moses Sweetland is the last hold-out, who refuses to move off the tiny island that bears his name. He is an interesting character, as are the others that populate the island. But all the book has going for it are the characters. There is no story, and by the end of the book it felt as if the author had written himself into a corner, with only a bizarre, metaphysical way to get out of it. I wish the author had t [...]

    14. It is rare that the trajectory of a novel can be surmised by a character’s name. But in Moses Sweetland, Mr. Crummey’s cantankerous and fiercely honest character, the author may well be signaling the key themes of his novel.Moses, of course, is the Exodus hero of the Bible, a story that begins in Genesis. An important prophet, born n a time when his people were an enslaved minority, he demands release. And Sweetland speaks for itself. In this novel, Sweetland also represents a remote island [...]

    15. I struggled mightily with what to say about this book, and how to even classify my own thoughts. Other people have described it much better than I'm capable of doing now. (I'm thinking especially ofDiane's review ).What I will say is:- Above all, I loved the characters in this book, especially the seemingly simple but utterly complex Moses Sweetland- I'm glad I read this- I've learned that as a reader I don't have much appreciation for "magical realism" (or anything in that realm). A deficiency [...]

    16. It isn't often one has the privilege of reading a nearly perfect book - but this book is it, a jewel. I'm weeping as I write this - saddened that it's over. I loved Sweetland, the people, the sounds, their lives and I'm feeling bereft at the loss of them until I re-read this book and relish its beauty once again.Exquisitely written, powerful, gentle, lyrical this is a magnificent book. I can still feel the people of Sweetland pulsing away in my mind, they will live with me a very long time.And J [...]

    17. First of all, Sweetland is not an especially likeable novel. It is meant to impact you with its literary voice, it's strong point of view, a vehicle mourning a change in the traditional focus of Newfounders' lives and work and a testamentary to the love of that history, its people's practical skills and a headstone for a vanishing tribe of people and way of life. The island named after Moses Sweetland's forbears is being evicted: no ferry service, school, electricity, source of gasoline, daily s [...]

    18. Moses Sweetland is the embodiment of a Newfoundland that's disappearing: twelve generations of Sweetlands gave their name to the tiny and inhospitable island off the southern coast of Newfoundland, and in his lifetime, Moses was part of the Toronto-based diaspora that left home in search of a quick buck in the 70's, a codfisher until the 90's moratorium, a lighthouse keeper until it was automated, and now, the final holdout in a government plan to relocate the community to the mainland -- and as [...]

    19. This is the story of man's mortality. Sweetland by Michael Crummey is a work of art, a masterpiece, brilliant for its humanity. When a person is emotionally tied to the land they live on, money for that land is of little or no appeal. Such is the case with Moses Sweitlund, a stubborn man who has no intention of letting anyone take away his home. The setting, the Eastern Maritimes of Canada, the farthest East of Canadian provinces, Newfoundland. In an isolated seaside village everyone knows every [...]

    20. this great review by michael collins gives the sorrowful background for this story, so get yourself over there and read it. or not. cuz in spite of the fact that michael collins says that mainland canadians cannot understand this book, this non-canadian got it just fine. everything he says. i got it all. sweetland is a really lovely character. the book is a bit of a paean to the loss of a certain kind of masculinity. when authors celebrate lost masculinity they get heavy on the technical languag [...]

    21. As Moses Sweetland sorts out the ghosts, his days on the island of Sweetland are coming to a close. Having lived most of his life on this island, just outside Newfoundland, Moses refuses to leave as the government tries to buy everyone off the island. He tricks them and remains behind as the sole inhabitant. I fell in love with this old curmudgeon. He is opinionated, stubborn and determined to do things his way. But as time goes on and he loses his utilities and the weather gets bad Moses finds [...]

    22. I read a lot of Canadian literature, and I read a lot of Canadian award-nominated fiction. So, how could I not have read Michael Crummley's writing until now? (Each of his three previous novels has been a winner or finalist for a prestigious literary award). What a master storyteller! I won't restate the synopsis here, and will provide no spoilers, but be prepared for a moving and emotional tale. Although beginning a bit slowly, I was soon caught up in the multi-layered story of Sweetland the is [...]

    23. This book demands close attention. It is a story told in disjointed fragments, jumping around in time. Truthfully, it took about 100 pages for me to become fully immersed. But once I dide rewards were rich.Sweetland is a title, a character, and a place -- each an island, complicated and layered and undiscovered. Big themes of independence, progress, the value of life, love and self-determination are revealed as Sweetland's layers are unveiled.This is not an easy read, but I am left so impressed [...]

    24. Although the description of this one didn't do much for me, I kept hearing such good things that my curiosity got the best of me. And I'm so glad that I read this one. Such a beautiful story so beautifully written.I didn't understand much of the history of resettlement in Newfoundland but this novel made that very history come alive with the amazing people in this novel. This novel is rather quiet (for the most part) it's focus on a small community and the many personalities within that commun [...]

    25. I feel like I had to train myself how to read this book. When I first read it in January 2015 I gave it 3 stars--I thought it was a story of a curmudgeonly old Rooster Cogburn type character and then the story runs off the rails with all these weird happenings that didn't really fit into the novel I thought I was reading. Going back to it nine months later, and this time reading without subjecting the book to my own (false) expectations, this novel was elegiac and magnificent to me, a cross betw [...]

    26. Oh, such a wonderful book. Great characters, prose, landscape descriptions, story. I love how it all the family relationships and the history unfolded so slowly. Sweetland, the man was so real to me, and the village, the sea (almost as a character to). It ended perfectly, it couldn't have ended any other way.

    27. Wow! Another 5 star book. Thank you to the person who chose Sweetland by Michael Crummey as a monthly challenge for the BT group. The descriptive writing has lots of details giving a clear picture of the landscape, buildings, and well developed characters. The language is beautiful. The following quote is from page 266 of 681.And then she said,"I can't believe you forgot about that.""More can I," he said. He hated confronting those lost moments, being presented with some detail from his past and [...]

    28. 28 may 14:sigh. i justlove michael crummy so much. this novel is fantastic. it's layered and nuanced and probably needs a 2nd reading, but the novel captivated me.january, 2014:OMG! OMG! OMG!a new michael crummy novel coming this year.i feel like a swoon-y, love-crazed teenager right at this moment.

    29. I loved the book SWEETLAND by Micheal Crummey. His writing is absolutely stellar. He has such a feeling for dialogue, relationships, and character development. I also loved his pacing and his slow reveal about the inhabitants of the tiny island of Sweetland, off the coast of Newfoundland. For some reason this month I was a little pinched for time, so I read this book slowly, like maybe 20 pages a day. That helped me to really savor the story and maintain Crummey's wonderful imagery in my mind, o [...]

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