Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Random Passage by Bernice Morgan

Library shelves hold many treasures, and we encourage browsers to spend some time exploring books that are not new. A staff person recently enjoyed the book Random Passage by Bernice Morgan. This 1992 best selling first novel by Newfoundland writer Bernice Morgan was made into a TV miniseries.

It recounts the story of the Andrews family and their move from England to Newfoundland in the early part of the 18th century. The story of their struggle to survive on the rugged, magnificent coast of Newfoundland, along with two other families and assisted by the enigmatic Thomas Hutchins is a riveting read. Livelihood for many of Newfoundland’s outport communities was based on the cod fishing industry and seal hunt, and this book gives the reader a better understanding of their way of life.

This is an important part of Canadian history told in a way that makes it very real and immediate and also a lot of fun to read.

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