The Wreckage

The Wreckage

A Novel

Book - 2005
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This is a compelling story of love crossed by the blindness of faith and fate, played out in the outports of Newfoundland, the POW camps of Japan, and the cities and small towns of mid-century America. It is both compulsively readable and a penetrating study of the reach and limits of love, the depths of human hatred, and the ultimate impossibility of fully knowing another or oneself.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, c2005.
ISBN: 9780385660600
038566060X
Characteristics: 360 pages ;,24 cm.

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brianreynolds Jul 16, 2015

Heavy boots. <i>Wreckage</i> is almost an understatement. And yet the writing is so smooth, the story so deliciously teasing, the characters so heart-warming and heart-wrenching that every page of it felt true. Heavy boots, indeed.

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 19, 2015

Michael Crummey is one of Canada's most inspired writers. His modern day version of Romeo and Juliet is set in the outports of Newfoundland and amongst the horrors of a Japanese P.O.W. camp. The story is a lyrical, haunting and intensely satisfying read about a young Catholic boy and Protestant girl whose love for each other refuses to fade, even when the world and all its prejudices and cruel twists of fate aim to keep them apart.

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vickiz
Dec 17, 2008

The intersecting storylines are engrossing and the main and even more peripheral characters are all strongly delineated. At first, I thought the ending of the book was kind of shambling and inconclusive, but then I remembered the book's title - "The Wreckage". Just as Mercedes finds something important and concrete in the literal wreckage of her old home, all of the characters are striving to find something similarly real amidst the wreckage of their respective lives. The wreckage imagery is also echoed hauntingly in Wish's experiences after the bombing of Nagasaki. The title of the book, in fact, satisfyingly encapsulates so much.

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