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The Wreckage Summary è 102 ✓ ➾ [Download] ➻ The Wreckage By Michael Crummey ➷ – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk Having achieved considerable success with his first novel River Thieves Michael Crummey has written a book that is eually stunning and compelling The Wreckage is a truly epic yet twisted romance that Having achieved consiHaving achieved considerable success with his first novel River Thieves Michael Crummey has written a book that is eually stunning and compelling The Wreckage is a truly epic yet twisted romance that unfolds over decades and continents It engages readers on the austere shores of Newfoundland’s fishing villages and drags them across to Japanese POW camps during some of the worst events of the Second World War Haunting lyrical and deeply intimate Crummey’s language fully exposes his characters’ vulnerabilities as they struggle to come to terms with their guilt and regret over decisions made during their impulsive youths In the fishing villages of Newfoundland we come across an itinerant Wish Furey He’s a drifter and a projectionist traveling from island to island bringing films to isolated communities A Catholic in a staunchly Protestant community working with an alcoholic gambling partner Wish is immediately labeled an outsider On Little Fogo Island he spots a desirable young woman in the audience and embarks on an unwavering mission to possess her Mercedes Parsons – Sadie – is eually infatuated and yields to Wish's advances as much as her chaste upbringing will allowCrummey masterfully captures the ferocity of the young romance the coiled up sexual tension exploding in instances of pure pleasure and ending often in frustration The pair can steal only scattered moments alone as Sadie’s mother puts up a formidable defense against Wish whom she believes will bring only trouble However intent he seems on winning Sadie Wish's character remains mysteriously closed He is painfully silent around her family which only strengthens their mistrust Crummey seems to purposefully disclos. so freaking good michael crummey's brain is the most awesome place and if i could take writing courses from anyone in the world it would be him man oh man crummey has this genius ability to create characters and scenes that just stun with their vividness i love the way he uses place as a near character too everything i have ever read from him is evocative and gets right under my skin his prose is fluid beautiful and haunting the stories he creates seem so real and knowable and he has a crazy understanding of people that he brings into his writing all of the big things and little things the nuances and secrets dreams and realities that make people who they arehe will expose them in the process having you confront about yourself than usually happens in reading a novel and maybe than you will be comfortable with

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E only the barest of Wish's intimate thoughts and motivations While the romance intensifies Crummey casts his lovers in a wider shadow He brings to life the Newfoundland coastline its unforgiving waters the religious fervor and prejudice of its inhabitants their ceaseless work and the collective anxiety about the burgeoning warUnable to defeat Sadie’s mother and unable to uell his conscience after Sadie's breathless pleading Don't make a whore of me Wish flees to St John’s and enlists in the British army Sadie embarks on a frantic pursuit only to find him gone Defying her family she stays in the capital building a new life the reality of Wish's disappearance – the acute constant ache of it – gradually settling in Wish lands somewhere in southeast Asia and then finally in a Japanese POW camp He suffers agonizing torture under a particularly cruel guard known initially as the Interpreter We have met the Interpreter already Crummey has woven this man's narrative through the novel slowly revealing the origins of his uniue hatred toward the Canadian prisoners Born in British Columbia Nishino has experienced a harsh brand of discrimination It is through Nishino that Crummey provides a chilling example of how prejudice can breed exceptionally brutal cycles of violenceCrummey unveils the depths of his characters’ personalities with slow deliberation The layers of their pain suffering and love are peeled back with each recounted memory as the novel makes its transition into contemporary times With each memory that is unleashed the reader comes closer to understanding the choices the protagonists made the conseuences they endured and their subseuent feelings of frustration and guilt Fif. The first book I've read by this author and was pleased to have discovered another whose books cast a spell on me Perhaps it was the fact that it was set it Newfoundland in a small outport very similar to Stones Cove where I was born It could have been the fact that I have traveled to many of the villages towns and cities mentioned in the book or it could be that Michael Crummey is a darn good writer and I would have liked the book regardless of the setting He knows how to flesh out his characters so that I was drawn into their lives and felt that they might be people I have met or could met I am eager to start his next novel or perhaps look into one of his several books of poetry

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The WreckageTy years after Sadie’s flight from St John’s she returns to Newfoundland to scatter the ashes of her dead husband and collides with Wish whom she believed dead Sadie reflects “It was like being handed a photograph from a stranger’s collection one unexpected glimpse of that face when she thought her memories of it were complete” Memories can be taken out tampered with much like the film of the projectionist It is here that Crummey cracks open Wish's character There is a flood of revelations his sexual exploits as a teenager the bet made that he could conuer Sadie Nishino's murder and his own troubling reaction to it It's a narrative coup The reader is left as Sadie is stunned and grappling with these revelations and how our perceptions of his character have been altered Wish is angry sullen and paralyzed with guilt Yet he is still capable of love and being loved and Sadie is the only one left to remind himIt is a testament to Crummey’s gifts as a novelist that he can flow uite easily through time across landscapes and between vastly different characters He vividly captures the mental and physical anguish Wish experienced in the prison camps and with calm lucidity explores the motives of a Japanese soldier whose actions seem inhumanly cold and calculating Crummey toys with the readers’ sympathies suggesting there are few distinctions between the enemy and us He incorporates heartbreaking tragedy – the dropping of the atom bomb lynchings in America murderous revenge – to underscore the darker side of humanity Crummey shows that we are capable of violence but in the end he proves we are also capable of redemption forgiveness and can be led unashamed back to the ones we lov. This novel is about the romance between Sadie Parsons a Protestant and Wish Furey a Catholic The book starts by telling the story of how they fall in love as teenagers and are separated by her family and WWII Wish leaves Newfoundland to fight with the British troups overseas and Sadie promises to wait for him In 1945 she receives a letter from someone in the army telling her that Wish died in a Japanese POW camp She eventually goes on to marry an American soldier and moves to Boston The book then cuts to 50 years later when Sadie returns to Newfoundland to spread her American husband's ashes While she is back in Newfoundland she learns the truth of what really happened to Wish I won't say whether he lives or dies but the truth is not as easy to understand as Sadie thought it would be and she has to face it whether she wants to or notI thought this was a very sad book especially after reading through to the end What Sadie finds out about Wish 50 years later is especially heartbreaking Wish's scenes in the POW camp are brutal and some were very hard to read However despite all the sadness and heartbreak the book was well written and it was interesting I give it two thumbs up and if you like Canadian literature you will be sure to love this book