Random Passage

Random Passage

Book - 1992
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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 acquisitive 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.
Publisher: St. John's NF : Breakwater, c1992
ISBN: 9781550810516
Characteristics: 269 p


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Sep 01, 2013

This chronicle of the daily struggle for subsistence in an isolated outport fishing hamlet in Newfound Land unfolds to the pace of the seasons over about a 30 year period in the early 1800s. The final chapters contrast with the prior part with its first person point of view and time shift. Were these chapters for the publisher to get to 250 pages or by the author to set the stage for the sequel? This novel would have benefited from a glossary of local jargon such as brin bag, streel, yaffle, and sunker.

Feb 07, 2011

The Andrews family leaves England for a tiny settlement perched on rock btwn dense forest and the inhospitable ocean. The tiny outport community struggles for survival in the threat of starvation and fatal illness with surprise attacks by privateers and a savage polar bear. Setting is in northeastern Newfoundland.


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