Hard Light: 32 Little Stories (Michael Crummey)

Hard Light: 32 Little Stories by Michael Crummey
Narrated by Michael Crummey, Ron Hynes and Deidre Gillard-Rowlings

A selection of poems from Hard Light (Brick Books, 1998) Hard Light: 32 Little Stories is a retelling and reinvention of tales told to Michael Crummey by his father and other family members about outport Newfoundland and the Labrador fishery of a half-century ago. It’s a love-letter to a world and a way of life that has vanished completely in the last fifty years. All of it is true. Even the lies.

(Library digital download available from Overdrive.com)

REVIEWS

[Hard Light] fully inhabits the earth, air, fire and water of Newfoundland … outstanding. —The Globe and Mail

An exquisitely evocative world … the apparently ordinary shimmers with a matter of fact clarity guaranteed to curl your toes.
—The Toronto Star

This collection by Newfoundland poet and fiction writer Michael Crummey . . . feels more comfortable as an audio because it’s grounded in an oral tradition. The two narrators have contrasting styles that work well together—Ron Hynes’s salty male voice describes daily life, such as “making the fish” (processing cod), while Deidre Gillard-Rowlings’s animated female voice relates the more colorful stories of youthful misadventures. Like a great family story, Hard Light can be heard in one sitting but gets better with repeated listening.
—AudioFile magazine

There is something pleasing about being read to, especially by practiced voices like Ron Hynes and Deidre Gillard-Rowlings, so it is a delight to hear the prose and poetry from Michael Crummey’s Hard Light collected on CD. . . . Hard Light is . . . a nonlinear sketch of life on The Rock, and particularly a portrait of Crummey’s family. It begins with a poem called “Rust” about the hands of a father that look like “a moon rising at the tip of each finger.” . . . The pieces that follow are stories of storms, journeys, work, injustice, and loss. There are also recipes, land-title documents, and songs. What comes through is a strong sense of place and tradition, and of an environment that is inhospitable and unpredictable, but embraced by the spirited people who remain there.
—The Malahat Review


This Canadian poetry audiobook is brought to you by Rattling Books in Newfoundland and Labrador.
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