The Beothuk Saga (2020)

The Beothuk Saga This astounding novel fully deserves to be called a saga It begins a thousand years ago in the time of the Vikings in Newfoundland It is crammed with incidents of war and peace with fights to the dea
  • Title: The Beothuk Saga
  • Author: Bernard Assiniwi Wayne Grady
  • ISBN: 9780312283902
  • Page: 491
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This astounding novel fully deserves to be called a saga It begins a thousand years ago in the time of the Vikings in Newfoundland It is crammed with incidents of war and peace, with fights to the death and long nights of lovemaking, and with accounts of the rise of local clan chiefs and the silent fall of great distant empires Out of the mists of the past it sweeps forThis astounding novel fully deserves to be called a saga It begins a thousand years ago in the time of the Vikings in Newfoundland It is crammed with incidents of war and peace, with fights to the death and long nights of lovemaking, and with accounts of the rise of local clan chiefs and the silent fall of great distant empires Out of the mists of the past it sweeps forward eight hundred years, to the lonely death of the last of the Beothuk.The Beothuk, of course, were the original native people of Newfoundland, and thus the first North American natives encountered by European sailors Noticing the red ochre they used as protection against mosquitoes, the sailors called them Red skins, a name that was to affect an entire continent As a people, they were never understood.Until now By adding his novelist s imagination to his knowledge as an anthropologist and a historian, Bernard Assiniwi has written a convincing account of the Beothuk people through the ages To do so he has given us a mirror image of the history rendered by Europeans For example, we know from the Norse Sagas that four slaves escaped from the Viking settlement at L Anse aux Meadows What happened to them Bernard Assiniwi supplies a plausible answer, just as he perhaps solves the mystery of the Portuguese ships that sailed west in 1501 to catch Beothuk, and disappeared from the paper records forever.The story of the Beothuk people is told in three parts The Initiate tells of Anin, who made a voyage by canoe around the entire island a thousand years ago, encountering the strange Vikings with their cutting sticks and their hair the colour of dried grass His encounters with whales, bears, raiding Inuit and other dangers, and his survival skills on this epic journey make for fascinating reading, as does his eventual return to his home where, with the help of his strong and active wives, he becomes a legendary chief, the father of his people.
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    1. I loved the depth and deliberation of Part 1 The rest, by comparison, felt a little rushed and under developed It did cover 500 years in the last couple hundred pages or so But I learned a lot and I felt a renewed sense of horror at the brutal savage, you might say extermination of the Beothuk at the hands of the British, this being a sort of a cross between fiction and non fiction Well worth reading, educational and recommended to settler Canadians.

    2. A week ago, as a group of Native Canadian young people completed a 1,600 kilometer trek from Northern Quebec to Ottawa, I was reminded of a ok whose ending I knew before I started reading, but which kept me fascinated all the way through anyway It is The Beothuk Saga by Bernard Assiniwi translated from French by Wayne Grady, published than a decade ago, but increasingly relevant People who have listened even with one ear to the sad tale of North America s First People know that there are no Be [...]

    3. It started out in a cheese romance novel vein crossed with Clan of the Cave Bear, not an auspicious beginning Assiniwi tells three stories, the last of which is fragmented and ends up coming from the European white point of view, which is not the intention of the book The other two sections are interesting he makes some imaginative assertions, as he has to there s so little evidence of Beothuk culture What at first reads like misogynistic nonsense becomes a prolonged, sincere investigation of g [...]

    4. This review contains spoilers A bold attempt at an account of the life of the Beothuk, the tragic tribe that lived in Newfoundland until they were wiped out by the European invaders The story is fiction, but the author tries to weave his tale around the little that is known for sure of the Beothuk A bit wordy and convoluted at times, this nevertheless is a useful and interesting story that runs from the origins of the tribe to its tragic end in the early nineteenth century.

    5. This was a heavy read It is broken into three sections, The Initiate, The Invaders and Genocide.As you can imagine the story just gets sadder and sadder.I knew from history about the Beothuk people, but this book opened my eyes and my heart.It is unimaginable to me that humans ie the English, French, etc could treat other humans in such a manner.Highly recommended read.

    6. book had it s up and down parts, I liked the first section, it was the most that was a like a story, the rest moved to fast and didn t get much chance to know the char It was sort of the same thing written over and over Text was written in a very basic form, not sure if this was due to the translation or ment to imulate the way they though spoke.

    7. Great read The story is captivating and follows the Beothuk through time I enjoyed the inclusion of locations and was thankful for the map Recommended for anyone who is interested in Newfoundland and enjoys a bit of a historical narrative

    8. It was a in depth look at the native peoples of Newfoundland Labrador Started off engaging but tended to lose pace towards the end.

    9. Oh man, couldn t even finish it Pure crap I wish it were better, but it just wasn t I really wanted to like it, but I just couldn t bring myself to enjoy it Ugh.

    10. Amazing storytelling I can t image the research that was needed to write this book A story that all Canadians should read Really.

    11. I usually don t read this type of book so it was an interesting break for me I find myself becoming and interested in historical fiction these days.

    12. Lots of anthropological information or speculation hung on a skeletal plot Author seems preoccupied with the number of combinations of coupling that can occur as the number of characters increases and the social structure evolves.

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