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"Vibrantly written and uniquely evocative" (Denver Post), River Thievesis the riveting story of a group of European settlers of the New World in the early nineteenth century. The Peytons, their enigmatic housekeeper, and the men who manage their fishing and trapping concerns on the shores of Newfoundland live lives of punishing physicality, inarticulate longing, and violence. Their misunderstandings and compromises have tragic consequences not only for their own community but also for the Beothuk, or Red Indians, a people on the verge of extinction. With penetrating insight, Michael Crummey captures both the vast sweep of history and the intimate lives of those caught in its wake.

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River Thieves
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February 24th, 2014
The first scene that stays with you is the opening sequence.A Beothuk couple is sleeping peacefully, when they hear the Europeans approaching the camp.The mood is set,Crummey crafts a history of the conflict between the Beothuks and the early settlers of Newfoundland.The novel is told from the point of view of a young Englishman.The opening scene illustates a fear shared between the two tribes, the fierce Beothuk and the early Newfoundlanders.Both are descended from a warring tradition ,they share a mutual respect and fear of each other. This novel beautifully illustrates that relationship,the early Newfoundlander s were descended from the Celts ,another warring people ,they fear the strangeness of the Beothuks but oddly enough they also understand them.I recommend this novel not only because of the beauty of the writingbut also because it presents us with our history and it is fascinating.
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