Book Reviews for titles beginning with the letter "E"

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"E.J. Pratt: The Master Years 1927-1964", 1987, David G Pitt, 3-NotRecommended [2008-Mar]
Part two of a weighty two part biography of the poet. The rating is based on the Newfoundland content, which in this second part is minimal.

"E.J. Pratt: The Truant Years 1882-1927", 1984, David G Pitt, 4-NotRecommended [2008-Mar]
Part one of a weighty two part biography of the poet. The rating is based on the Newfoundland content, which pretty much ends less than a quarter of the way into the book when Pratt, born and raised in Newfoundland, goes off to college in Toronto, at which point it is said of him and his roommates "None of them, in fact, was ever to return to Newfoundland, except to visit". Some mention is made later in the book about his early book "Newfoundland Verse".

"Easton", 2004, Paul Butler, 5-Fair
A novel with the famous pirate as a (but not 'the') main character. A rather tenuous connection to Newfoundland.

"Easton's Gold", 2005, Paul Butler, 6-Good
A novel. Peter Easton, the retired pirate, is old and desires to return to Newfoundland to find his long ago abandoned son. Newfoundland is not involved until the final two chapters, and then only incidentally, seemingly mostly included to get funding for the book.

"Eating Between the Lines", 1991, Kevin Major, un-UnRated [2009-Oct]
A novel, but with very little Newfoundland involvement - just one short chapter.

"Ecclesiastical History of Newfoundland", 1888, M F Howley, 6-Good [2008-Dec]
Actually more of a 'history of Newfoundland as seen through the eyes of a Catholic prelate', with emphasis on events concerning the Catholic church and actions taken by its clergy. Covers the period from the earliest European presence in Newfoundland through the era of Bishop Fleming, ending around 1850. Often heavy with details to slog through, and overly laden with extensive passages quoted from Fleming's voluminous papers, but full of information and often entertaining. Although better as a reference work than as a book to sit back and read cover to cover, note that the index is incomplete.

"Ecclesiastical History of Newfoundland, Volume II", 2005, M F Howley, 5-Fair [2006-Sep]
Previously unpublished writings from 1904, covering the early years of Bishop Mullock in Newfoundland from 1848 to 1855. Tidbits of history and geography mixed in with details of church related activities, most trivial and mundane, and most seen with a religious view.

"Education and Culture in Newfoundland", 1976, Frederick W Rowe, 5-Fair
Like a detailed report, but in book form, of Newfoundland's advancements in most aspects of education, and some aspects of culture, since Confederation. The pre-Confederation days are described as being of unrelenting deprivation, assumedly to make the current times appear better by comparison. And of course espousing his usual notion that life would be better for all by abandoning the outports and relocating everyone to the cities. Overly detailed to make a good read, but full of information. Dated, of course, by the passage of years.

"Edward Feild: Bishop of Newfoundland, 1844-1876", 1976, Frederick Jones, 5-Fair [2009-Aug]
A slim (36 pages) biography, containing far more about the environment in which Feild served in Newfoundland and of his public actions than details of the man himself.

"Effie's Angels", 2002, Cecil H Parsons, 5-Fair [2007-Jan]
Subtitled "Growing up in the 'Tickle'". A memoir of growing up in an outport in the late thirties through Confederation. Personal and detailed, but often trivial and reading like diary entries.

"Eighteenth Century Newfoundland", 1976, C Grant Head, 5-Fair [2010-Jan]
A study of Newfoundland history in the 1700s, concentrating on the interrelationships between the fishery, settlement, natural resources, supply, and external events, primarily European wars. Lots of information and graphs, footnotes, and bibliography, but often bogs down in tedious details.

"1892", 2008, Paul Butler, 5.5-Fair [2008-Oct]
A romance novel set in 1892 St. John's, with the great fire of that year as both the background and an integral part of the story. In a richly described city, Tommy, an immigrant Irish labourer, and Kathleen, an immigrant Irish maid, are smitten with each other. An easy and pleasant read.

"Emily & the Captain: A High Seas Adventure", 2005, Noelle Hall & Mel D'Souza, 7-VeryGood [2007-May]
[8x8 format] A slim illustrated adventure tale for 8 to 12 year olds. Emily, who can converse with animals, enlists some of her animal friends to help rescue her sea captain husband from a spell cast by an evil sea imp. Charming!

"Emily & the Captain: A Woody Point Story", 2000, Noelle Hall & Mel D'Souza, 7-VeryGood [2007-May]
[8x8 format] A slim illustrated adventure tale for 8 to 12 year olds. When 5 years old, Emily is given the ability to converse with animals and other parts of nature, and she meets a sea captain who a sea imp has imprisoned within the structure of a lighthouse. As she grows to adulthood, she never stops trying to free him. Charming!

"Emma's Treasure", 2008, Gerald Mercer & Jillian Nicol, 6.5-Good [2009-Jun]
[8x10-1/2 format] A young girl finds an old trunk in her grandfather's shed, and she and her friends decide to be detectives and find out the history of each item found within. Every page has a very nice color drawing. 30 pages. For young readers.

"The Encyclopedia of Canada: Newfoundland Supplement", 1949, Robert H Blackburn, editor, 6-Good [2007-Jun]
A slim (104 smallish pages) addition to the six volume work to welcome Newfoundland into confederation. Mostly very brief entries on many of the settlements scattered around Newfoundland, brief biographies of notable people, and articles about history, the fishery, and other general topics. Very little depth anywhere, but interesting for its place in Newfoundland's history.

"Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador" volume 1, 1981, Joseph Smallwood, editor, 6-Good
[All five volumes are included in the review for the last volume]

"Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador" volume 2, 1984, Joseph Smallwood, editor, 6-Good
[All five volumes are included in the review for the last volume]

"Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador" volume 3, 1991, Joseph Smallwood, editor, 6-Good
[All five volumes are included in the review for the last volume]

"Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador" volume 4, 1993, Joseph Smallwood, editor, 6-Good
[All five volumes are included in the review for the last volume]

"Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador" volume 5, 1994, Joseph Smallwood, editor, 6-Good
At around 5000 pages, this five-volume set was an ambitious undertaking, but varies greatly in quality, exhibiting a lack of depth in many entries, suggesting that while previously published information that was readily available was included, little additional research was done. [As an example, some outports are well covered, while others have minimal bare bones entries.]

"The End of the Line", 1989, Clayton Cook, 6.5-Good
Subtitled "the Newfoundland Railway in Pictures". [8-1/2x11 format] Interesting photos of the railroad, equipment and people. Print quality of the photos is mediocre.

"The Enemy On Our Doorstep", 1994, Steve Neary, 7-VeryGood
Subtitled "The German Attacks at Bell Island, Newfoundland, 1942". A highly detailed account of the U-boat attacks, including extensive extracts from both Newfoundland and German military logs.

"Escape!", 1989, Mike McCarthy, 5-Fair [2007-Aug]
A very slim novel for "young adults", centered on a 14-year old boy who decides to escape a less than ideal homelife in Ontario by secretly moving to Newfoundland.

"The Establishment Of Constitutional Government In Newfoundland, 1783-1832", 1941, A H McLintock, 8-Excellent [2009-Aug]
Subtitled "A Study of Retarded Colonisation". An in-depth and lucid exposition of the topic, relying heavily on the British "colonial papers" archives, among many sources. Very readable, considering the level of detail and the weighty topic. Includes several appendices providing extracts of various treaties that affected Newfoundland, and an excellent bibliography that not only identifies sources in detail, but also adds brief explanations as to the content of the sourced works and the author's opinions of their quality.

"Evening Light", 1997, Harold Horwood, 5-Fair [2006-May]
A novel. A tour of various stops in one man's life, from youth through old age. Long on style, short on content.

"Every Man For Himself", 1908, Norman Duncan, 3-NotRecommended [2007-Sep]
A novel consisting of ten vaguely related stories strung together as ten chapters. Each tale takes place in a north coast Newfoundland fishing settlement, with lots of offbeat characters, lots of talk, and little action. Like having to overhear a series of pointless meandering conversations. Some semblance of a plot would have been welcome.

"Everyman's Complete St. John's Guide", 1974, Paul O'Neill, 6-Good [2007-Aug]
Although very dated (rendering the directory section re accommodations, restaurants, etc mostly useless), the book is essentially a brief history of St. John's, and of every view, building, statue and placque therein, presented as a series of walking tours.

"The Evolution of Folk House Forms In Trinity Bay, Newfoundland", 1982, David B Mills, 5-Fair [2008-Jul]
[8-1/2x10-3/4 format] A slim volume based on "This monograph was first written in 1975 as part of ... a Masters Degree in Geography ...". Detailed and dry, as would be expected, but also contains many photos of old houses.

"Excursions In and About Newfoundland During the Years 1839 and 1840", 1842, Joseph Beete Jukes, 8-Excellent [2006-Sep]
A revised edition reprinted in 1993 as "Jukes' Excursions" by Robert Cuff & Derek Wilton as editors. Information from the journal of an early explorer of Newfoundland, consisting of detailed descriptions of his travels in and around Newfoundland, with emphasis on geography, geology and topography. Once started, I didn't want to put it down!

"Exploring Labrador", 1991, Brian C Bursey, 7-VeryGood [2008-Jul]
[8-3/4x11-1/4 format] A book of color photos of a variety of things and locales in Labrador, including plants and other wildlife, and numerous waterfalls. Also includes informative captions for the photos.

"Exploring Newfoundland", 1989, Brian C Bursey, 6.5-Good [2008-May]
[8-3/4x11-1/4 format] A large format book of color photos of various themes and locales around Newfoundland. Includes plants, wildlife, outports, and the rugged landscape. An interesting collection - better than the average photo book.

"Exploring The Avalon", 1998, Les Harding, 4-NotRecommended [2008-Jun]
A collection of generally very brief (often a half page or less) notes about many, but far from all, currently existing communities of the Avalon peninsula. Mostly just a blurb about how the community was named and/or early settlers, with little else for most. There is no 'exploring' in a geographical or sightseeing sense.

"Extinction: The Beothuks of Newfoundland", 1977, Frederick W Rowe, 7.5-VeryGood [2006-Dec]
A well researched and well presented study of what brought about the demise of the Beothuks, providing reasoned arguments and documentation, and refuting the more inflammatory tales of writers such as Mowat and Horwood.

"Eye of the Beholder", 1984, K Bruce Lane, 4-NotRecommended [2008-Nov]
Subtitled "A Collection of colour photographs of Newfoundland". [7x9-3/4 format] A slim book of color photos of various scenes, plants and animals around Newfoundland, with very brief and inadequate captions.

"Eye Your Roots", 1997, Eugene Toope, 5.5-Fair [2009-Sep]
Subtitled "The Chronicles: Ireland's Eye and Rise's Harbour". A very detailed mixture of genealogy and history of the vicinity of Ireland's Eye in Trinity Bay, seeming to try to name most everyone who ever lived there, and packed with hundreds of captioned small photos. Probably of limited interest to a general reader (although there are interesting bits sprinkled throughout), but proves a wealth of information for anyone connected to the vicinity.

"The Eyes Of The Gull", 1936, Margaret Duley, 7.5-VeryGood [2008-Dec]
A novel presented as a slice of the life of Isabel Pyke, a thirty-year old in a small outport, living a lonely life attending to her mother - a life without romance or much meaning other than daydreaming about someday going off to Spain. Then a stranger arrives and rents a nearby empty house for a couple of months, and her involvement with him changes everything.

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