First thoughts on Galore, by Michael Crummey

So I’ve started the first book, Galore by Michael Crummey. It is, incidentally, our choice for book club this month. Now, I have to say, when it was presented as a possibility for a choice to read this month, I was on board because I knew I wanted to read it for the list, but there were other factors that made me not so sure.

1. The cover.

– I know, I know. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. I just finished reading “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows and boy, did I judge that. If It hadn’t been recommended to be by a trustworthy source then I totally would not have read it. And what a shame that would have been! It was simply wonderful. (That’s another review for another day. If you haven’t read it, please trust me and do it.) So, in light of that most recent experience, I decided to go with it.

2. The inside flap
– “Set in rural, medieval Newfoundland…” Really? That didn’t happen. I was skeptical until I saw that it was more of a fantasy book, which again, made me even more skeptical. Now I’ve read my fair share of fantasy books in the past, but I don’t really feel like reading them when I’m trying to read what I’m haughtily considering to be “smart, Canadian novels” these days. When I saw the GG finalist sticker on the front and the “Globe and Mail 2010 Best Book” stamp on the back I figured I should get down off my high horse.

3. The author’s last name
– Yeah, so silly, but I’m being honest here. Crummey?
– Also, when I got home I realized that I’d bought another book of his, “River Thieves” at a recent book sale. That was the final straw. I was determined to like this book.


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