Blackstrap Hawco

Blackstrap Hawco

Said to Be About A Newfoundland Family

Book - 2008
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Named in a moment of anger, raised to endure the tragedy of a people and culture coming undone, Blackstrap Hawco recounts a century of hardship faced by a Newfoundland family.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Random House Canada, 2008
ISBN: 9780679314295
Branch Call Number: FIC Harve 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 829 p


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Jul 01, 2013

Again set in the outport of Bareneed, this "epic" of Newfoundland life extends over a century. However, at 829 pages, it is far too long and as such, self-indulgent. If the intention was to show the humanity of the working class, others have done it better. Not without merit, but I could only read half of it.

leah_p Dec 30, 2011

This is a brutal read. I almost couldn't get through parts of it; many passages sear themselves into your memory. The author spent 15 years creating and researching this multi-generational family saga, which is defined as a transcomposite narrative. It's full of depravation, cruelty, insanity, surreality, chance, coincidence, prejudice, pride, ignorance and pure unfeeling, indifferent life.

Jul 13, 2010

Wonderful writing, but the subject matter so sad and much of the time so ugly and vicious, I couldn't finish it.
I definitely related to some of the characters, but the bare ugliness, illness, deperation cruelty and poverty were too much.

abird Nov 06, 2009

IMPAC Dublin 2010 Longlist

Feb 25, 2009

Good story, well told, but 200 pages too long.

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