Random Passage

❮Ebook❯ ➢ Random Passage Author Bernice Morgan – E17streets4all.co.uk Forced to flee England the Andrews family books passage to a fresh start in a distant country only to discover a barren inhospitable land at the end of their crossing To seventeen year old Lavinia upr Forced to flee England the Andrews family books passage to a fresh start in a distant country only to discover a barren inhospitable land at the end of their crossing To seventeen year old Lavinia uprooted from everything familiar it seems a fate worse than the one they left behind Driven by loneliness she begins a journal Random Passage satisfies the craving for those details that headstones and history books can never give the real story of our Newfoundland ancestors of how time and chance brought them to the forbidding shores of a new found land It is a saga of families and of individuals; of acuisitive Mary Bundle; of charming Ned Andrews whose thievery has turned his family into exiles; of mad Ida; of Thomas Hutchings who might be an aristocrat a holy man or a murderer; and of Lavinia who wrote down the truth and lies about them all Random Passage has been adapted into a CBC miniseries and is now a national bestseller.Random Passage


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  • Paperback
  • 272 pages
  • Random Passage
  • Bernice Morgan
  • English
  • 04 October 2016
  • 9781550810516

10 thoughts on “Random Passage

  1. says:

    Readers of this novel are enveloped into a vivid description of the harsh conditions endured by early 19th century settlers of Newfoundland The book describes the life of a typical outport community whose primary means of income was cod fishing and laying the catch out on the rocks to dry Ships from St John carried the dried fish to market Their most important task was to stock away sufficient stores to survive the long and brutal winters which imposed severe isolation on the communityThe description of life follows both the mundane and tragic events The story follows the births deaths conflicts and suffering among the small community varying in size from twenty to thirty individuals including children Enough of the background of these individuals is told to learn that the exile and isolation from the rest of the world suits them fine since many of them have pasts from which they needed to escape The book’s narrative describes a surprisingly wide variety of personalities for such a small number of individuals This is historical fiction that provides a descriptive history from which today’s distinctive Newfoundlander spirit originates The book is frustrating vague on dates and time The only exact date I recall from the book was in the first person narrative by Thomas Hutchings located in the final portion of the book He indicates that he was born in 1796 My best guess from his story is that he may have been about twenty five when he first arrived in Newfoundland and it’s my guess that the time span covered by the book’s story on the island is about twenty years If my assumptions are correct the book covers life in Newfoundland from about 1821 to 1841 I'm pretty sure about the final date because the early construction of the Catholic Cathedral located in St John’s is described toward the end of the book I have determined from Wikipedia that construction on it occurred from 1839 to 1841 Other readers are welcome to share their opinion regarding datesAfter spending over three hundred pages of life with the book’s characters the reader will care about their welfare and want to know how the story ends As it turns out the book’s ending cries out for a seuel and indeed there is a seuel titled Waiting for Time I'm not sure when I'll get around to that bookIn 2002 a television miniseries based on this book and its seuel aired in Canada on CBC

  2. says:

    Newfound land Lavinia Andrews her mother two brothers their wives and their children find themselves departing their Weymouth home for the harsh land that lies across the Atlantic Ocean Similar to other Canadian novelists Bernice Morgan doesn't sugarcoat the frigid temperatures of a Canadian winter or how close to starvation the early Europeans were in trying to wedge out a life for themselves I am not going to mince words this was a bleak book But it was a story that lured me in and helped me get a great tan on the beach today If realistic fiction is your jive this book will fit the bill

  3. says:

    This book tells the story of early settlers to the island of Newfoundland a place where life was so difficult that the slightest miscalculation in supplies laid in for winter could mean the difference between life and death It was heart wrenching to read how fine that line was how close these families came to death every single winter I found it especially difficult to read how hard these folks worked day in and day out to the point of exhaustion and even beyond just to make enough fish before the ships came back in to port as I sat in my comfortable home reading a novel for most of a day However the novel itself I believe could have been written better There were too many characters to keep track of and few were fleshed out entirely My copy also had uite a few typographical errors which surprised me as this isn't a first edition While I understood why Morgan chose to switch narrative voices to mirror the diary being passed along it was disconcerting to focus mostly on Lavinia in the third person for most of the novel but then switch so drastically to another character writing in the first person Also I felt that the story dragged so slowly for the first two hundred pages or so though it really picked up after that That said this is a sobering look at the harsh difficulties faced by settlers to Newfoundland in the early days

  4. says:

    Random Passage gives us an honest and humbling look at how life was lived in early Newfoundland The will of the people within this small community to survive and provide for their families is incredible How these people came to create a community and learned through trial and error to survive the harsh realities of life by living off the land and the harsh Atlantic ocean Building their extremely bare bones basic homes for shelter to protect themselves from the elements learning to live in harmony among a group of uneducated people teaching themselves to not waste even a tiny piece of cloth for it could be sewed into a growing child's dress Learning to be tolerant of each other's personalities thoughts loves and opinions To realize and appreciate the personal hopes and dreams of these poor people trying to eek out a life for themselves in a desolate and sparse land To watch a small community band together in face of a death imposing illness in the face of impending starvation of the entire community These people were true survivorsAbsolutely FANTASTIC novel

  5. says:

    I really enjoyed this book I found at times to be a bit muddled with the huge cast of characters and the abrupt change of narrator took a bit to get used to Overall though I enjoyed going along the journey of the families in Random Passage

  6. says:

    Great book

  7. says:

    I liked the book from an historical point of view How these settlers survived is beyond me There were too many characters to keep track of and not all were very well developed I lost track of who married whom The narrative was a bit flat

  8. says:

    I loved this book just as much the second time around Bernice Morgan has created a fantastic web of characters and wonderful insight into early Newfoundland life

  9. says:

    Having seen part of the movie version but missing the whole I was curious about how it ended Once I got a copy of the book I found it complicated than I had anticipated but easier to sort out the characters the family ties than in the movie This is a fascinating story about a very hard way to earn a living provide for a family in the 1800 s in a very harsh lonely part of the world It excels in making the Reader feel one is actually experiencing it all himself both the physical hardships but also the emotional ones caused by the conditions of the life times of that era Additionally there is the underlying Plot which when finally realized truly Makes the book the Great Read that it is

  10. says:

    An early 19th century family escapes trouble in England and ends up in a tiny coastal settlement in Newfoundland Just the kind of novel I love Beautiful writing a uniue setting and a long mysterious story I’d never heard of this book and I’m so glad it was our book club read this month

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