Book Reviews for titles beginning with the letter "L"

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"Labrador", 1913, Wilfred T Grenfell and others, 6-Good [2007-Mar]
Subtitled "The Country And The People". A 1913 revision to a 1909 work. Essentially a weighty natural history of Labrador, with chapters devoted to a brief history, travelled routes, physiography, geology, rivers, people, missions, reindeer, dogs, cod, salmon, herring and other fish, ocean mammals, birds, flora, animal life, and conservation and exploration, plus appendices that cover insects and marine crustacea. Many photos and drawings.

"Labrador", 2003, Winston C White, 7-VeryGood [2009-Oct]
Subtitled "Getting Along in the Big Land!" A tourist guide written in narrative form and largely from the author's own experiences. Includes a basic history, and numerous subject headings, including advice on how to get there, the weather, transportation, black flies, accomodations, food, communications, hunting and fishing, seasonal activities, perils, camping, animals - and more. An entertaining and informative read.

"A Labrador Doctor", 1919, Wilfred T Grenfell, 6-Good [2007-Mar]
Subtitled "The Autobiography of Wilfred Thomason Grenfell". A bit premature, since he lived another couple of decades. Covers his entire life to date, including growing up and other time spent outside Newfoundland. Ponderous at times, but generally entertaining. The emphasis here is more on himself than on his surroundings, as in some of his later books, such as "The Romance of Labrador".[Note - see the author's 1932 "Forty Years For Labrador", an update of this work.]

"Labrador Doctor", 1989, W A Paddon, 5.5-Fair [2010-Jul]
Subtitled "My Life With The Grenfell Mission". The author's autobiography, centering on his four decades with the Grenfell Mission starting in the 1940s. Paddon mostly served the settlements in Northern Labrador, and his story provides details of his travels and medical work with the people in that often harsh region.

"A Labrador Logbook", 1938, Wilfred Grenfell, 3-NotRecommended [2008-Mar]
Neither biography nor adventure, but instead a "thought for the day" type book of brief inspirational messages from various sources, including some from his own writings, some biblical, but most from other writers.

"Labrador Nurse", 1953, B J Banfill, 3-NotRecommended [2009-Mar]
Actually a very good read, but unfortunately not about Newfoundland, although the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries catalog shows that it is about Newfoundland. A memoir of working in a Grenfell Mission in the community of Mutton Bay, which, while geographically on the Labrador coast, is in Quebec and well south of the Newfoundland border.

"Labrador Teacher: 1919-1925, Clara Gordon's Journal", 2005, Francis Buckle, editor, 7-VeryGood [2009-Apr]
Day to day living in the vicinity of Cartwright, Labrador, taken from the journal of a young teacher from Britain who has been recruited by the local Anglican minister to run a new school. Chatty and newsy without being gossipy, provides insights into Labrador life beyond the usual formula of danger, hardship, and deprivation, showing a more rounded view of life in that still undoubtedly difficult region. An entertaining read.

"Labrador West: The Landscape", 2002, Larry Jenkins, 5-Fair [2008-Dec]
[??x?? format] A volume of often moody color photos, accompanied by minimal captions and short quotations from literature.

"The Lady and The Trapper", 1991, Mary Walker, 4-NotRecommended [2008-Jun]
Essentially a diary detailing a pair of camping trips in Labrador wherein the author spent first 10 days and then a week staying with a trapper. Helicopters and snowmobiles take the edge off any alleged hardships and dangers. Lots of trivial comments about anything and everything.

"The Lady Who Came, Volume One 1858-1908", 1982, Burton K Janes, 3-NotRecommended [2008-Aug]
Subtitled "The biography of Alice Belle Garrigus - Newfoundland's first Pentecostal Pioneer". More the history of the Pentecostal movement than a biography, and so laden with scriptural references as to appear to be meant mostly as an inspirational read. The Newfoundland content is only in the last, very brief, chapter.

"The Lady Who Stayed Volume Two 1908-1949", 1983, Burton K Janes, 4-NotRecommended [2008-Oct]
Subtitled "The biography of Alice Belle Garrigus - Newfoundland's first Pentecostal Pioneer". While taking place entirely in Newfoundland, unlike the first volume "The Lady Who Came ...", it is still more a history of the Pentecostal movement in Newfoundland than a real biography, and is so laden with religious and scriptural references as to appear to be meant mostly as an inspirational read. Likely to be of little interest to anyone not a member of the religion.

"Lady's Big Surprise", 2004, Marion Quinton-Brake & Aaron Mouland, 5-Fair [2009-Aug]
[7-1/2x8 format] Young Simon's pet horse Lady has a foal. Color drawings and color photos of the real horse Lady. A slim 24 page story for young readers.

"Lament for an Ocean", 1998, Michael Harris, 7-VeryGood
Nonfiction, subtitled "The collapse of the Atlantic cod fishery: a true crime story". What has happened to the seemingly inexhaustible bounty of cod in the waters around Newfoundland? And who is to blame? To quote "The ecological disaster of the century. The political scandal of the decade."

"The Land Of A Thousand Whales", 2006, Susan C Browne, 5.5-Fair [2008-Oct]
An adventure novel for young readers, starring Sebastien, a boy who has stowed away aboard a Spanish whaler that sails to the coast of Labrador in 1580.

"The Land That God Gave Cain", 1933, J M Scott, 6-Good [2007-Apr]
Subtitled "An Account of H. G. Watkins's Expedition to Labrador, 1928-1929". A detailed and often interesting adventure of a small party's travels, mostly by dog sled, mapping Newfoundland's Labrador boundary. Very colorful descriptions of every person met and every trail traveled. Well written, but repetitive, with so many streams .. and hills .. and portages .. and ..!

"Landfall of the Smoos", 1999, J F Cuff, 7-VeryGood [2008-Nov]
Subtitled "a children's tale". Two children, a brother and sister, are building sand castles at the sea shore when they encounter a new life form - small snail-like creatures that call themselves Smoos (pronounced like "Schmooz"). The Smoos are highly intelligent, can converse with the children, and even shrink the children down to their own size - about 2 inches tall! A gentle mix of sci-fi and adventure as the children help the Schmoos to escape the ravages of the nearby sea as the tide comes in. Not explicitly set in Newfoundland, but seems to be there in the details.

"Landings", 1984, Eric Norman, Stanley Sparkes & June Warr, editors, 7-VeryGood [2009-Jan]
Subtitled "A Newfoundland & Labrador Literature Anthology". A selection of poems and short stories for junior high school students. Organized into four broad themes, with each story or poem preceeded by an introduction and followed by questions or suggestions for further reading and research. All stories are about Newfoundland. Includes material by Norman Duncan, Art Scammell, Cassie Brown, Ron Pollett, Ray Guy and Harold Horwood, plus many others.

"Landscapes & Legacies", 2004, Kevin Redmond, 5.5-Fair [2008-Oct]
Subtitled "Parks, Natural Areas and Historic Sites of Newfoundland and Labrador". [11x8-1/2 format] A gazetteer, with narrative descriptions accompanied by lots of color photos.

"The Last Cod-Fish", 1993, Pol Chantraine, 6-Good
Subtitled "Life and Death of the Newfoundland way of life". One man's opinions, from his viewpoint as both a fisherman and a participant in international fisheries negotiations, as to the collapse of the cod fishery and the inevitable fate of the other species now being over harvested. A bit strident at times, but offers an interesting perspective on how other countries view Canada's management of the Newfoundland fishery.

"The Last Days of the Last Father", 1994, Ron Pumphrey, 3-NotRecommended [2007-Aug]
With an additional comment "with a Who's Who Amongst Newfoundlanders at Home and Abroad". Boring. Based on a series of interviews with Smallwood from 1979-1982 (most of the book), and then late 1988 through early 1992. More about the author and other people than about Smallwood. Brimming with the banal and the trivial. The few worthwhile nuggets scattered within do not justify wading through close to 350 pages to find them, and the "Who's Who" entries sprinkled throughout the book appear to just be filler to up the page count.

"The Last Farewell", 2008, Gary Collins, 6-Good [2009-Feb]
Subtitled "The Loss Of The Collett". A novel recreating the last voyage of the freight schooner Ethel Collett, lost with all hands near St. John's in 1934 after sailing from Hare Bay. The story is presented as a drama, set aboard the boat among the five man crew.

"The Last Of The Beothuk", 2005, Barbara Whitby, 5-Fair [2007-Aug]
Subtitled "A Canadian Tragedy". Part of the "True Canadian Amazing Stories" series. Apparently written for a teen audience. While claiming to be "history", it reads as a novel, being full of embellishments, conjecture, and invented thoughts, conversations and events.

"The Last Outport", 1982, Jay Goulding, 3-NotRecommended [2009-Feb]
Subtitled "Newfoundland In Crisis". Blames capitalism and the government (cast as the ally of the capitalists) for everything wrong, and advocates direct government control of all industries, supposedly for the benefit of the people, as a panacea. A dull academic report larded down with avowedly Marxist rhetoric, this was not only garbage when written, it is, as the intervening years have shown, now stale garbage.

"The Last Stronghold", 1989, Margaret Bennett, 3-NotRecommended
Subtitled "Scottish Gaelic Traditions in Newfoundland". Based on interviews with a few families in the Codroy Valley. Too much relaying and interpreting every word that the author was told, instead of writing a narrative with any flow. Dull.

"Latitudes of Melt", 2001, Joan Clark, 8-Excellent
A novel. A baby is found on an ice flow by two fishermen.

"Laughs Along The Viking Trail", 1988, J C Burke, 5-Fair [2008-Nov]
Subtitled "Another Treasury of Newfoundland Humour and Wit". A collection of 182 very short humorous tales, quips and anecdotes, most a half-page or less in length. A wide range of quality.

"Learning About... Newfoundland and Labrador", 1984, B Greenwood, F English & D Lonergan, editors, 3-NotRecommended [2008-Jun]
From the "Canada Rainbow Series" about "The Provinces and Territories of Canada". A very slim (22 pages) survey of present day Newfoundland. Targeted to children, with a photo occupying about two-thirds of each page. Not much to it.

"Learning by Heart", 2001, Angela Collins, 5-Fair
Memoirs of an outport teacher in the 1950s.

"Leaving Newfoundland", 2007, Stephen Nolan, 4-NotRecommended [2008-Jul]
Subtitled "a History of Out-Migration". While purporting to be a study, it is instead an unimpressive mixture of history and opinion, with lots of repetition, often in consecutive sentences, and contradictions. The author is frequently on his soap box, and what starts out as a fairly breezy survey of Newfoundland history soon deteriorates into an emotional harangue of assigning blame. Includes a lengthy academic style bibliography (numbering more books and articles than there are pages in the book), but the bibliography is infrequently referenced within the text.

"A Lecture on Placentia", 1910, H W LeMessurier, 6-Good [2009-Feb]
Subtitled "Delivered in the T.A. Hall ... March, 1910". A brief (34 pages) survey and history of Placentia Bay in general and Placentia in particular.

"Lectures on the History of Newfoundland 1500-1830", 1988, Keith Matthews, 8-Excellent
A series of 30 lectures by the author, written in 1973 and delivered to his undergraduate students at Memorial University. A survey of Newfoundland history, concentrating on settlement, trade and the fishery. Interesting, informative and readable.

"Left on the Labrador", 1927, Dillon Wallace, 7-VeryGood [2008-Mar]
Subtitled "A Tale of Adventure Down North". A rousing action adventure for boys, starring a pair of 13 year olds, one a Labrador native, and one a New York visitor stranded for the winter when the last mail boat leaves while he has sneaked ashore undetected. Cold, snow, dog teams, camping, hunting, hungry wolves, a polar bear - a lifetime of adventures in a single season, although the message at times seems to be to just shoot at any creature that moves!

"Legacy of Laughter", 2007, Jack Fitzgerald, 5-Fair [2010-Jul]
Subtitled "a treasury of Newfoundland wit and humour". Hundreds of what hope to be humorous brief items and stories, of decidedly mixed quality. The sort of material that typically appears scattered throughout the pages of periodicals as space fillers. Gathered from various sources.

"Legends of a Lost Tribe", 1976, Paul O'Neill, 3-NotRecommended [2007-Mar]
Subtitled "Folk Tales of the Beothuck Indians of Newfoundland". A slim volume of fake legends, made up by the author in a style which he surmises would parallel Beothuck legends, had they been preserved. Nonsense!

"Legends of Newfoundland & Labrador", 1990, D W S Ryan, editor, 6-Good [2009-Jul]
Eight previously published Newfoundland legends from eight writers, including tales about Sheila NaGeira and Marguerite de Roberval.

"Leifsburdir", 1993, Bernard Fardy, 4-NotRecommended
Subtitled "The Vikings in Newfoundland" and Greenland and other locales. A slim volume with dry narrative and contrived, clumsy conversations between characters.

"Lend Me Your Ears", 2005, Bruce Stagg, 6-Good [2009-Apr]
Subtitled "More Humorous Stories from Roaring Cove". A series of 14 short tales of people and happenings in a fictitious Newfoundland outport named Roaring Cove.

"Lester Leeland Burry", 1983, Hector Swain, 5-Fair [2009-Jun]
Subtitled "Labrador Pastor & Father of Confederation". A slim biography, starting with a history of Labrador and then proceeding to a biography of the religious life of Burry, a Methodist minister. Includes black&white photos, mostly of Burry and his pastoral missionary work around coastal Labrador.

"The Letter That Was Never Read", 1987, Benjamin W Powell, 5-Fair [2009-Oct]
Subtitled "A History of the Labrador Fishery". Commercial fishing in Labrador over several decades, told as the author's memories of his own experiences. Often informative, often entertaining.

"The Letters of Mayo Lind", 1919, Francis T Lind, 8-Excellent [2008-Nov]
Subtitled "Newfoundland's Unofficial War Correspondent 1914-1916". A 2001 re-publication of the original, consisting of 32 letters that Lind wrote to the St. John's "Daily News", covering the Regiment from its inception in 1914 to just before his death in action at Beaumont Hamel in 1916. The letters were meant to keep the people at home informed about the activities of the Regiment and of many of its individual soldiers. Colorful, and ever optimistic of eventual victory. Fascinating!

"Liar", 2000, Joanna Gosse, un-UnRated [2009-Oct]
A novel by a Newfoundland writer that, other than for one brief scene, has nothing to do with Newfoundland.

"Life And Labour In Newfoundland", 1956, C R Fay, 5-Fair [2009-Dec]
"Based on Lectures Delivered at the Memorial University of Newfoundland". Thirteen chapters, not closely connected other than for being about Newfoundland, and presumably based on thirteen lectures. Much of the text is quotes from various sources, with heavy reliance on excerpts from the British "colonial papers" (which are available at the Newfoundland Provincial Archives), and much of the remaining text is introductions to and illuminations of the quoted material. Tends to be disjointed and uneven, and of decidely mixed quality and depth. Although some of the chapters have some non-Newfoundland content, it is generally about Newfoundland, although not necessarily covering what the book's title implies.

"The Life and Times of Sir Ambrose Shea", 1986, Frank Galgay, 5-Fair
Subtitled "Father of Confederation". A boring biography, stiff in style, and rarely using a word like "he" when "Shea" or "Ambrose Shea" or "Sir Ambrose Shea" could be inserted instead.

"Life And Work In Newfoundland", 1863, Rev. Julian Moreton, 6-Good [2008-Aug]
Subtitled "Church of England Missionary, Greenspond, Newfoundland, from 1849 to 1860". [8-1/2x11 format] A 1977 reprint with editorial comments added. Reminiscences of selected of the author's experiences, including frequent musings that various of his flock were not pulling their weight spiritually or financially (as far as church contributions), and that the lot of a minister in a small outport was neither comfortable nor remunerative. ALthough leaning heavily toward the religious aspects of things, still an interesting read.

"The Life of a Cottage Hospital: The Bonne Bay Experience", 2007, John K Crellin, 6-Good [2008-Sep]
The story of the Cottage Hospital in the west coast community of Norris Point, from the opening in 1939 to the closure in 2001. A generally interesting combination of general history, the workings inside the building, the effect of regionalization of health services, and ruminations aboiut health care.

"A Life of Caring", 2008, Marilyn Marsh, Jeanette Walsh, Marilyn Beaton, 6-Good [2009-Nov]
Subtitled "16 Newfoundland Nurses Tell Their Stories". To quote "A collection of oral histories from Newfoundland nurses practicing during the 1920s and 1930s". Each chapter starts with a photo of a nurse and a brief introduction, and then recollections of training and practice. Provides many insights into the goings on in the various hospitals of the period, including the Mental, the Fever, the San, the General, the Grace, St. Clare's and Cottage Hospitals. Enlightening!

"The Life of the Harp Seal", 1977, Fred Bruemmer, 5-Fair [2008-May]
[10x13 format] A 'coffee table' book, with numerous pages of photos (most in color) and text, but also an apparent attempt toward an "artistic" look with a lot of wasted space, with partial pages of text and pages containing as little as a single tiny photo. The text, while sometimes seeming to be almost random, covers the seal's biology, life cycle, the seal hunt, and even detours to whales and walruses. Unfortunately, the author assigns many human traits to the seals, such as thought and emotions, and, while the book is not aggressively against the seal hunt, it is certainly not in favor!

"Life on the Newfoundland Seashore", 1993, Michael Collins, 5-Fair
Subtitled "Seaweeds, Invertebrates and Fish". A slim encyclopedia of life around the Newfoundland shores, both above and below the tide line. Fair descriptions, but crude line drawings as illustrations, and a total lack of photographs, limit its usefulness.

"Lifeline", 1977, Harry Bruce, 6-Good
Subtitled "The Story of the Atlantic Ferries and Coastal Boats". The first section of the book (about 40% of the book) is about Newfoundland. Photos of many of the boats included. A readable history sprinkled with personal stories.

"Light at Last", 1981, Edgar House, 5-Fair
Subtitled "Triumph over Tuberculosis in Newfoundland and Labrador 1900-1975". Lots of names and dates, and photos of apparently every building, person, and group of people ever involved in the fight.

"Lighthouse People", 1999, Jim Wellman, 5-Fair
Subtitled "Stories of Men, Women and Children Who Worked and Lived on Lightstations in Newfoundland and Labrador". That pretty well sums it up!

"Lings 'n' Things", 1986, Tom Dawe & Pamela Dawe, 7-VeryGood [2009-Jun]
Subtitled "A Count and Color Book". A slim (20 pages) black&white book for young children that counts from 1 to 20 as a small fish encounters ever increasing numbers of various sea dwellers. Excellent drawings accompany each number.

"Literary Essays & Short Stories", 1982, D W S Ryan & T P Rossiter, editors, 3-NotRecommended [2008-Aug]
A hefty selection of essays and short stories from numerous writers, but only five are by Newfoundlanders or have Newfoundland content.

"The Little Girl Who Saved Her Aunt's Life", 1996, Benjamin W Powell, 4-NotRecommended [2008-Dec]
While looking to be an adventure story for young readers, both by the title and the cover illustration, the book is instead primarily an episodic autobiography of a life in Labrador. Almost every second page is a photo, but most would likely be of little interest outside the author's family.

"Little Jack and other Newfoundland Folktales", 2002, John Widdowson, editor, 5-Fair [2010-Jan]
Fifty fictional stories from many sources, most a few pages in length (the longest 20 pages, the shortest 1/2 page). Claims to be stories traditionally told in Newfoundland, but not necessarily set in Newfoundland. Described as "folktales", but "tall tales" would be more accurate.

"Little Nord Easter", 1980, Victor Butler, 6-Good
(only the half that he wrote) Subtitled "Reminiscences of a Placentia Bayman". Half a good read (the parts by Butler), half less than good (the parts by the editor/compiler).

"Little Stories About Newfoundland", 1929, Frances B Briffett, 6-Good [2009-Jun]
This is Book One of "Dent's Newfoundland History Readers". Three dozen very short stories (1 to 3 pages each) about Newfoundland, with illustrations. For younger grade schoolers. Contains stories and poetry about history, nature and geography, people, fishing, and other resources.

"Lives and Landscapes", 2003, Elmer Harp, 6-Good [2008-Nov]
Subtitled "A Photographic Memoir of Outport Newfoundland and Labrador - 1949-1963". [9-3/4x8-1/4 format] One man's travelog of archeological vacations to Newfoundland's northwest coast in 1949, 1950 and 1961. Many of the color photos, although pretty much of vacation snapshot quality, are fascinating - much more so than the accompanying extensive narrative text that often reads like entries from a diary. Larger versions of the photos and far less text would be improvements.

"Livyers World", 2007, Robin McGrath, 6.5-Good [2007-Nov]
A "novel for young adults". A student from the future travels back in time to St. John's, but to an alternate post-2000 reality where the Y2K computer bug has led to the destruction of society and left remnant populations living a primitive lifestyle in the ruins. Some major plot holes, such as having no manufacturing capabilies but still seeming to have an endless supply of such things as flashlight batteries - ones that seem to have an infinite shelf life. Brief, but a decent read.

"The Log of 'Bob' Bartlett", 1928, Robert A Bartlett, 7-VeryGood [2007-Feb]
Subtitled "The True Story of Forty Years of Seafaring and Exploration". A memoir from a man who accompanied Peary on his arctic expeditions, among other adventures. An interesting read.

"Lomond: The Life and Death of a Newfoundland Woods Town", 1998, James E Candow, 7-VeryGood [2009-Jul]
The history of a logging town on Bonne Bay in western Newfoundland, from founding in 1918 through voluntary resettlement in 1967. Best when providing a detailed look at the logging industry. Lots of footnotes, but still very readable.

"The Long Crossing and other Labrador Stories", 1992, Elliott Merrick, 6-Good [2009-Feb]
A collection of nine of the author's adventure stories about life in Labrador, three fiction and six non-fiction, and most previously published in various magazines in the 1930s and 1940s. Pretty much man against nature, and at times reading like morality tales. Told mostly through the eyes of his characters, rather than from a narrator's view. Mixed quality, but overall enjoyable.

"A Long Night in Codroy", 1992, Donald G Dodds, 5-Fair [2008-May]
According to the back cover, "A collection of short stories based on the dreams and yarns - some true, some fiction - of life in the Codroy Valley on Newfoundland's west coast during the 1950's". The interactions of local people with nature (mostly via tales of hunting and poaching). A decidedly mixed bag.

"The Long Run", 2004, Leo Furey, 6.5-Good
A novel covering a year (1960-1961) in the lives of a group of boys at Mt. Kilbride orphanage in St. John's. Not much about molesting. A good growing up tale.

"The Longliner", ----, Joseph Prim, compiler, 5-Fair [2010-Apr]
Subtitled "Stories from the monthly Kiwanis Golden K Club publication". A selection of over 100 previously published items, including newspaper stories, historical notes, anecdotes, poems, first person stories, and several short essays by Art Scammell.

"Look 'Ere Me Son", 1977, Tom Quilliam, ed., 6-Good [2008-Apr]
Subtitled "Wits and Bits of Newfoundland". A slim volume made up of a series of short to very short humorous stories that first appeared in a St. John's newspaper column in the late 1960s.

"Looking Through My Father's Eyes", 2000, Harvey Short, 4-NotRecommended [2008-Jan]
Pretty much a fragmentary memoir of growing up in Hant's Harbour in the depression era, and then business success in Ontario and later back in St. John's. Some interesting bits about growing up, but mostly a self-congratulatory autobiography. Probably of interest primarily to the author's family.

"Lost Amid The Fogs", 1869, R B McCrea, 5-Fair [2008-Apr]
Subtitled "Sketches of Life in Newfoundland: England's Ancient Colony". The author was a British Lt. Colonel in the Royal Artillery, on assignment to Newfoundland. There is nothing here related to military operations or life, but instead is the author's opinions on a series of topics - opinions always expressed as if from an authority whether or not based on first hand experience. The narrative starts in 1861, but takes awhile to actually arrive in Newfoundland. There are interesting views on such topics as history, politics, hunting (and worries about over-hunting), fishing (and concerns about too many fishermen and too few fish), and farming, but also a lot of trivial details of everyday society and his everyday life that tend to bog the story down. He frequently refers to Newfoundland, presumably in some attempt at humor, as "Fish-and-fog-land".

"Lost at Sea" volume one, 1991, Robert Parsons, 6-Good
Tales of ships and shipwrecks in the seas around Newfoundland 1868-1925. The author's first book on this theme.

"Lost at Sea" volume two, 1992, Robert Parsons, 6.5-Good
Tales of ships and shipwrecks in the seas around Newfoundland 1925-1974. The author's second book on this theme.

"Lost at Sea", 2001, Robert Parsons, 6.5-Good
Subtitled "A Compilation". A re-issue under one cover of the author's 1991 and 1992 books "Lost at Sea" volumes 1 and 2.

"The Lost Canoe", 2008, Lawrence W Coady, 6-Good [2009-Jun]
Subtitled "A Labrador Adventure". Primarily an attempt to retrace the 1910 exploration of Hesketh Prichard and party west from the Atlantic coast at Nain, up the Fraser River, and across the height of land to the George River in Canadian Labrador (see "Through Trackless Labrador" for Prichard's own story of his exploration), but also a biography (of sorts) of Prichard. The story centers around the search for a canoe that Prichard's book says that he left somewhere along the way in 1910. Coady attempts to parallel Prichard's travels, including frequently quoting from Prichard and including a few matched pairs of places in Prichard's and the author's photos. Some nice color terrain photos are also included. As Prichard did, this author also seems to assume the reader is very familiar with the locales and terrain.

"Lost Country: The Rise And Fall of Newfoundland 1843-1933", 2005, Patrick O'Flaherty, 8-Excellent
A sequel to "Old Newfoundland: A History to 1843". Another fairly detailed examination of Newfoundland history, with extensive endnotes and bibliography. Not a light read, but well written and absorbing. Politics and politicians are the core themes.

"Louder than the Sea", 2001, Wayne Bartlett, 6.5-Good
Novel. Fairly modern (starts in 1969), set in the Northern Peninsula. Well written and a good read, but there isn't a single one among the major, or even minor, characters that I'd want to know, let alone live among! Whiners all!

"Love and Old Roses", 2005, Madlyn Fera, 5.5-Fair [2008-Aug]
A romance novel from the "Heart's Desire - Romances of Newfoundland" line, which, according to an advert in the book, has two more titles. Set in St. John's, Fiona, a 30ish woman, has returned home to restart her life and obtains a position in a large old house on an estate that is to be sold. Her background is antiques - and the house is stuffed with them. More about the house and the contents than about her budding romance, but has a decent amount of local color and an upbeat ending.

"Love On A String", 1988, Celia Scott, 6-Good [2008-Oct]
A Harlequin Romance, set in Newfoundland in the vicinity of St. John's. Starring Bryony, a slim 25-year old redhead who, while flying a kite from a hill overlooking the ocean, has an accidental encounter with Hunter, a muscular 30-something industrialist. Each sees the other as obstinate and haughty, so the initial sparks thus generated are anything but romantic, but true love will eventually take its course. Includes lots of details about making and flying kites.

"Lucy Grey", 2003, Bruce Stagg & Reilly Fitzgerald, 7-VeryGood [2009-Jul]
[9-3/4x8 format] A slim (24 pages) tale of a young boy and his beloved boat, the "Lucy Grey", a small fishing boat that sang as she sailed. Nicely illustrated in color. For young readers.

"Lukey Paul from Labrador", 1964, Adelaide Leitch, 6-Good [2008-Mar]
An adventure novel for young boys, set in 1893 and starring Charlie, a 10 year old boy, who meets up with Dr. Grenfell. The story includes rough seas, Eskimos, a silver fox pelt, a crooked trader, and a box of dolls that Charlie helps distribute to children in remote settlements.

"The Lure Of The Labrador Wild", 1905, Dillon Wallace, 8-Excellent [2008-Feb]
[2004 reprint with a brief new introduction] To quote from the back cover, "In the late spring of 1903, Leonidas Hubbard, a young writer, and Dillon Wallace, a forty-year-old New York attorney, set off with George Elson, a native guide ... to explore the incompletely mapped Lake Michikamau region of interior Labrador." A first person tale of adventure, exploration, exhaustion and starvation. Thoroughly engrossing, although a map would be a welcome addition.

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