Sylvanus Now

Sylvanus Now On Canada s Atlantic coast at the edge of the great Newfoundland fishing banks of the s Sylvanus Now is a handsome and willful fisherman His youthful desires are simple he wants a suit to lure a

  • Title: Sylvanus Now
  • Author: Donna Morrissey
  • ISBN: 9780393328691
  • Page: 229
  • Format: Paperback
  • On Canada s Atlantic coast at the edge of the great Newfoundland fishing banks of the 1950s, Sylvanus Now is a handsome and willful fisherman His youthful desires are simple he wants a suit to lure a girl the fine boned beauty Adelaide and he knows exactly how much fish he has to catch to pay for it Adelaide, however, has other dreams She longs to escape the sea, the fOn Canada s Atlantic coast at the edge of the great Newfoundland fishing banks of the 1950s, Sylvanus Now is a handsome and willful fisherman His youthful desires are simple he wants a suit to lure a girl the fine boned beauty Adelaide and he knows exactly how much fish he has to catch to pay for it Adelaide, however, has other dreams She longs to escape the sea, the fish, and the stultifying community, but her need for refuge from her own troubled family leads her to Sylvanus and life in the neighboring port.Through this story of love, loss, and facing the inevitabilities of life in a floundering community, the sea is a potent presence, modernization ravaging its shores and bringing it to the cusp of cataclysmic change Ultimately, Sylvanus Now is a story of redemption against all odds in a world vanished, but brought vividly back to life in Morrissey s caring hands Quill and Quire.

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  • Donna Morrissey

    Donna Morrissey has written six nationally bestselling novels She has received awards in Canada, the U.S and England Her novel Sylvanus Now was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize, and she was nominated for a Gemini for best writing for the film Clothesline Patch Her fiction has been translated into several different languages Born and raised in Newfoundland, she now lives in Halifax She recently wrote a children s book, Cross Katie Kross, illustrated by her daughter, Bridget Morrissey grew up in The Beaches, a small fishing outport in Newfoundland Labrador and now lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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  • The novel is set in the remote and often ferocious world of the outports of Newfoundland, in a place where the craggy exposed hills are merely used to look for lost men at sea, and where burials are an all too frequent occurrence. Although the story is centered around the emotional intricacies between two people, Sylvanus and his wife Adelaide,  the novel is concerned mostly with a transitional world in which the traditional fishing methods are exchanged for trawlers and giant factory ships and [...]


  • I have just read a novel of such unspeakable beauty that I am overwhelmed. Donna Morrissey's Sylvanus Now is breathtaking, right from the first vision of Sylvanus jigging fish: right forearm up, left forearm down, left forearm up, right forearm down; to the vision of Adelaide's eye, sparkling blue. It's a novel about the changing of the fishery in Newfoundland, when large trawlers came in to rape the seas and the governments abandoned both the sea and the careful tenders of her in favour of chea [...]


  • 6/5 stars!Sylvanus Now is one of the best Newfoundland books I've read, and I've read quite a few! Everything about this book made me completely fall in love with it. This is the first of Donna Morrissey's books that I've read, but I will certainly be checking out her other novels after reading and enjoying this one. The story of Sylvanus Now is so beautiful and rich. Donna's writing is flawless and she perfectly captures the spirit of outport NL; at times, I felt as if she had been writing abou [...]


  • "Sylvanus Now" takes place in the 1950s on Canada's Atlantic coast. Sylvanus Now is a Newfoundland fisherman and all he wants is a new suit, so he can catch himself a wife.Adelaide is smart and beautiful with ice blue eyes. She excels in school, but her mother takes her out of school to work the fish flakes which Adelaide absolutely abhors. Due to lack of money to care for all the children Adelaide's mother has born Adelaide is forced to help provide for and care for them. Sylvanus becomes infat [...]


  • This is wonderful historical fiction! In 1950's Newfoundland, a way of life for generations of fishermen is being replaced by government (Canadian) re-organization and relocation of the sparse and hardy populace. A young couple who are each a bit different from the rest of the villagers, find love, loss and ultimately peace. This is the third novel by Donna Morrissey. Downhill Chance and Kit's Law. All are set in Newfoundland and are beautifully written. Her novels are full of a strong sense of [...]


  • Straight out of Newfoundland, you'll feel yourself living in that place and doubtlessly searching your own heart. Another excellent read!


  • A Canadian masterpiece!Donna Morrissey's Sylvanus Now introduces us to a wholly-dedicated Newfoundland fisherman in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Sylvanus's wants are few. He wants to be alone in his boat on the ocean jigging for cod and he wants Adelaide for a wife. Adelaide doesn't want to be a wife and she detests anything to do with fish. She wants to get an education at leave her outport community.Morrissey's tale is breathtaking beautiful. It sounds a simple story, but she tells it in su [...]


  • Loved this book. Great story, well written and riveting. Can't wait to read What They Wanted but I have to buy it first.


  • This first book about the Now family is beautifully written. The author is skilled at evoking every day Newfoundland, especially the rural outport villages. We meet Sylvanus and Adelaide Now in their younger years, as they struggle to start a family and maintain a way of life in a fishing outport that is quickly disappearing. The problem I have with the book is that I just can't find Addie a very sympathetic character. She's a dreamer who wants out of the life she's always had: she hates the oce [...]


  • RATING: 4 STARS(Review Not on Blog)"On Canada's Atlantic coast at the edge of the great Newfoundland fishing banks of the 1950s, Sylvanus Now is a handsome and willful fisherman. His youthful desires are simple: he wants a suit to lure a girl—the fine-boned beauty Adelaide—and he knows exactly how much fish he has to catch to pay for it. Adelaide, however, has other dreams. She longs to escape the sea, the fish, and the stultifying community, but her need for refuge from her own troubled fam [...]


  • I admire novelists who are able to capture the living soul of a culture. One of the best I’ve found in that regard is Canadian, east coast novelist Donna Morrissey. Her novels are vivid portraits of maritime Canada which probe the deep set values of the people who inhabit it. She also recreates the east coast dialect convincingly.“Sylvanus Now” portrays a culture whose ingrained way of life is being pushed aside by the advance of technology. We watch as Sylvanus Now proudly and stubbornly [...]


  • Sylvanus Now by Donna MorrisseyWhen was the last time you read a book that was so beautifully written that you took the time to reread passages? “She’d seen the soft green of the first seedling push its head above ground and quiver upon the slightest breath.” “Sylvanus Now” is not only the title but the name of the main character, a stubborn man , who wants to live a simple life of fishing in a tiny village on the coast of Newfoundland. He figures out exactly how much fish he must catc [...]


  • The writing in this book was evocative and the characters well defined, however, it was a depressing story.


  • I liked this story better as it went along. Life for fishermen and the community is difficult expertly explained here. I could feel the cold sea and weather, chilling to the bone. Not a life for me but beautiful in itself I imagine for those where it is home. Time seems important, the longness of it, the passing, the sorrow with brief contentments . . it seems treacherous at times when waiting for a spouse to come home from the waters, or when one knows he is not returning. A plain 3.5 stars, so [...]


  • Oh the intricacies of lives!! Good quote"What's you pouting about now-- the flakes or your wife? Bend over, my son, I kicks your arse. Go dig a hole, Jake, we buries him. Where's that shovel? go on home, b'ye, if that's what you're going to do all night, sit there and mope."Even better if you have good friends from the East Coast and whilst I am reading Donna Morrissey's booksI can hear my friends talking!! Thank you again DM for the wonder of your stories.


  • Evocative and heartbreakingwhich is now all I expect from Atlantic Canadian writers. What keeps the reader going to the end of the novel is a small, shining thread of hope running through the story. It refuses to diminish, even during the darkest events. Hold on to it tightly, and you might be surprised at the outcome.


  • Love this, Morrissey is a master of describing place, and this book really makes you feel like you're right there with the characters. Her dialogue is so real, I find myself reading it in the Newfoundland accent. I can't wait to read more by this author.



  • This was a thoughtful and incredible book. While not my usual taste because of its character based plot line, it drew me in. The Now family lives in rural Newfoundland in the 50s, when the fishery is at its breaking point and rural families are being relocated. Morrisey proves she is a uniquely Canadian voice telling a Newfoundland story like few can tell it. I learned more about the collapse of the cod fishery in this quiet tale than in 40 years of news stories. This is not the style of book I' [...]


  • After reading ‘Downhill Chance’ by one of Atlantic Canada’s best authors, Donna Morrissey, I was left pondering the novel for quite some time. A couple of years later, I ran into Sylvanus Now, her third book, by pure accident. Knowing how thoroughly she crafts her characters, I was convinced this book would live up to my expectations. Once again, my instinct proved me right.Set in the 1950′s fishing community of Atlantic Canada, the story is an unlikely one. It follows the lives of a you [...]


  • Sometimes a book may not have an action packed plot-line, but the words on the page transport the reader into the day-to-day world of the story so eloquently, that one feels as if they have been there. I know what the wind from the point of a tiny town on Newfoundland tastes like. I've heard the crash of the waves, and the sting of the salt as the fish are set to dry. I've lived with the people of that town, through their sorrows, and seen their hopes. I was fascinated to learn about the coastal [...]


  • When the novel opens, school has just let out for the summer and fourteen year old Sylvanus Now has set himself the task of catching 32 quintals of cod to pay for his confirmation suit. This suit will also be loaned to others for weddings, funerals, and christenings, but more importantly he wears it several years later to make an impression on Addie, a girl from the neighbouring fishing village of Ragged Rock on the Newfoundland coast. Sylvanus was born posthumously after his father and brother [...]


  • I'm going to start my reviews halfway through a book because I don't remember alot of what impressed me as important by the end. Sylvanus is the strong and silent type. He loves to go fishing, his life's work, and likes his time alone. Then he spots a beautiful young thing and is totally smitten by her. She is trapped in a house taking care of the constant brood of children that her mother continues to bear and is devastated when she has to give up school, which she loves and excels in, to work. [...]


  • Sylvanus Now by Donna Morrissey is a lyrical novel about a Newfoundland fisherman Sylvanus and his wife Adelaide. Through the hardships of the severe weather, the damages done by the commercial fishing trawlers , the author explores the struggles of their lives. Marked by financial hardships brought on by a lack of cod fish, and personal troubles where Adelaide loses several children through miscarriage, the novel is a gritty description of life in Atlantic Canada. The bleakness of the vast land [...]


  • I grew up in Alberta, but I come from St. John's, so I therefore have no personal connection to outport Newfoundland life. Despite this, Morrissey's novels of rural Newfoundland always bring me to a comfortable, nostalgic place. This may seem odd, because Morrissey's characters usually have to deal with terrible heartaches, problems and pain. This book is no exception in that regard. Set against the backdrop of resettlement and a modernizing fishery, a young couple find each other because they d [...]


  • A good, steady read. I heard Donna Morrissey on CBC radio and the excerpt from her latest book piqued my interest and led to find the first in this trilogy. Did not disappoint.


  • Didn't like this story, it wasn't nearly as good as all the hype I'd heard about it."The time is the 1950's, and the place is Canada's Atlantic coast at the edge of the great Newfoundland fishing banks. Sylvanus Now is a young fisherman of great charm and strength. His youthful desires are simple: he wants a suit to lure a girl - the fine boned beauty Adelaide - and he knows exactly how much fish he has to catch to pay for it. Adelaide, however, has other dreams. She longs to escape the sea, the [...]


  • Such a touching story of the life of a fisherman named, Sylvanus Now, his wife, Adelaide, and their families. There is so much heartbreak and emotion in this book full of struggles. Once you get used to the dialect, you feel a part of these characters and feel their hurt, suffering and pain. What I enjoyed the most was obtaining a better understanding of the fishing industry in Canada's Atlantic Coast. As I live in Western Canada, I was unaware of how difficult it is to be a career fisherman; an [...]


  • 3.5 starsIt is the 1950s in Newfoundland. Adelaide has grown up taking care of all her younger siblings, but hates hearing them scream and longs for time to herself. Sylvanus becomes a fisherman, but as technology and times change, he clings to the old ways. It is the beginning of the decline of the fisheries. It started off quite slow and I wasn't sure if I was going to like it. About a third of the way in, I suddenly found it much more interesting. I can't say the pace picked up or anything, b [...]


  • Hooked me like a jigger - I love Donna Morrissey. The love story of Sylvanus & Adelaide in a small outport in Newfoundland trying to make a happy life in the 50's and 60's during the steep and severe decline of the Newfoundland fishing industry. It was saddening and maddening to read about the government's reaction to foreign fishing trawlers overfishing Newfoundland's fertile shores. A melancholy read, but thoroughly enjoyable - excellent writing and imaginative description made me feel lik [...]


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