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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (321 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Donna Morrissey Narrator: Donna Morrissey Publisher: Donna Morrissey Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Sylvanus Now is the story of a man, Sylvanus Now, who has modest ambitions - he wants to fish in the old way, like his father before him, and he wants to marry Adelaide, the beautiful girl he spied once at a dance in Ragged Rock. Newfoundland's fishery, however, is on the verge of catastrophic change, and Adelaide proves more of an enigma than the rugged, black-browed Sylvanus imagines.

Set in the early 1950s, against the backdrop of the collapse of the salt-fish industry, Sylvanus Now combines a passionate critique of government short-sightedness with a tender love story about two people who probably shouldn't have married but did. Morrissey's lushly recorded narrative, steeped in outport dialect (Cripes, why don't you ask Am for a spot on his liner? You're getting like father, bandied at the knees from straddling a boat), alternates between Sylvanus' and Adelaide's points of view.

While Sylvanus clings to his traditional ways with a reckless tenacity, Addie is a fireball of conflicting emotions, forever spewing invective or else brooding in silence. Forced to drop out of school by her perennially pregnant mother, Adelaide rails against fishing (she prayed that each fish caught would be the last in the sea) and babies (their grubby little hands forever snatching, picking and scratching). Yet, before long, she finds herself married to her fisherman suitor and expecting their first child - a recipe for disaster if ever there was one.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Irene | 12/31/2013

    " Newfoundland Story - Recommended Read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Faye Blondin | 11/12/2013

    " Sadness and very east coast Canada. Worth the time "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amy | 10/16/2013

    " This was good but definitely not as good as her other books, Kit's Law and Downhill Chance. I wasn't happy with the ending. I wish the author had done a better job of explaining fishing terms and equipment. A nice window into Newfoundland in the mid-19th century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sandie | 5/17/2013

    " not terribly long on plot, but a nice change of pace, thanks to some well-drawn, compelling characters. "

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