Journey Into A Lost Nation

Book - 2004
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Greg Locke had been away from Newfoundland for years, working as a photojournalist in Canada, the United States, and in many of the world's most troubled regions, when he decided to go home -- and stay. The photographs inNewfoundlandwere taken over a period of more than a decade. They chronicle the passage of Canada's easternmost province from a time when cod were still plentiful and the fishery shaped the lives of most of the island's inhabitants, to the present, when a vibrant economy, propelled by oil and mineral development, is recasting the island's identity in a new mould. What Locke's photographs reveal is at once forward-looking and nostalgic, beautiful and harsh. Above all, his Newfoundland ispopulated by survivors: a people who are resourceful, funny, resilient, and strong. Poet and novelist Michael Crummey draws upon deep-seated memories of his own and of his father's experience to evoke passing traditions and a disappearing way of life. But, just as Locke's photographs reveal the emergence of a new, more urban and cosmopolitan Newfoundland, so does Crummey's writing emphasize the continuing sense of belonging and the determination to persevere that are characteristic of his compatriots. He writes admiringly of a "culture deep enough to accommodate a world of influences without surrendering what makes it unmistakably of this place. Something alive and leaning towards the future." This book embodies both a vision and a voice of rare power.
Publisher: Toronto : M&S, 2004
ISBN: 9780771061424
Branch Call Number: 971.80402 CRU 2004 21
Characteristics: 143 p. : col. ill
Additional Contributors: Locke, Greg


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Nov 13, 2013

Hearing him speak of it, I recognize the Newfoundland my father grew up in as a time and place apart, a vestige of a pre-industrial world that somehow survived well into the twentieth century, so far removed from my own experience that it could just as well have been ancient Rome.


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