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Random Passage [Paperback]

Bernice Morgan
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Book Description

May 1 1992 1550810510 978-1550810516
Forced to leave their native England, the Andrews family books passage to a fresh start in a distant country, only to discover a barren, inhospitable land at the end of their crossing. To seventeen-year-old Lavinia, uprooted from everything familiar, it seems a fate worse than the one they left behind. Driven by loneliness she begins a journal. Random Passage satisfies the craving for those details that headstones and history books can never give: the "real" story of our Newfoundland ancestors, of how time and chance brought them to the forbidding shores of a new found land. It is a saga of families and of individuals; of acquisitive Mary Bundle; of charming Ned whose thievery has turned his family into exiles; of mad Ida; of Thomas Hutchings, who might be an aristocrat, a holy man or a murderer; and of Lavinia-who wrote down the truth and lies about them all.

Random Passage, Morgan's first novel received excellent reviews in both local and national publications and went into a second printing in it first year. Now in its tenth printing, the book has become a Canadian best seller. A 1994 survey conducted by the Newfoundland Library Association showed Random Passage as the book most frequently recommended by readers.

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Internationally acclaimed novel, Random Passage, by award winning author Bernice Morgan has been made into an 8-part television mini-series to air on CBC Television, January 27, 2002. "Random Passage is windswept tale of endurance and of passion. It's the epic story of Irishwoman Mary Bundle's perilous odyssey from a harsh English workhouse to the remote Newfoundland outport of Cape Random-a struggling settlement forced to be a community through the sheer will to survive".

About the Author

Bernice Morgan was born in preconfederate Newfoundland. She has worked for many years in public relations, first with Memorial University of Newfoundland, and later with Newfoundland Teachers’ Association. Many of her short stories have been published in small magazines, anthologies and school textbooks.

The mother of two daughters and a son, she lives with her husband in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous read!!!!! Dec 9 2011
By W Nield TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Author Bernice Morgan was unknown to me, until I found this book.

I was so impressed with her writing, I have now ordered 3 more of her books.
It's one of those books, that you hate to put down until you're finished!!!!
About a year ago, I decided to start reading the history of Newfoundland, as my mom was a Newfie (!) and I realized I knew little of her background and upbringing on the west coast of Newfoundland. I actually new nothing of the discovery of Newfoundland.

So, this book fit in nicely with the other reading I am doing.

Highly recommend this book .. enjoy the read.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Random Passage May 29 2005
I truly enjoyed this book. The author has woven the history of Newfound Land in a story rich with authentic and passionate characters. Bernice Morgan has a way of bringing the characters alive, so that I could not put the book down once I started it. This story is a testament to the endurance of human nature, but also to our capacity to love and to marvel at the world around us. I am ordering the sequel, and once I've read it, I am going to look for the videos. I also want to read more books by this author.
Sincerely, Francine Noiseux
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended by Newfoundlanders March 10 2004
On a visit to Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula, this book's title always surfaced when I quizzed locals on cultural and historical points. It was about a 12-hour read, and I found it very easy to justify putting distractions aside to read this involving book. I felt that having two separate accounts of events, each through the eyes of two of the book's characters, really added to the depth of the story. No wonder why Newfoundlanders are so proud of the heritage that grew from the struggles on "the rock."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable characters Sept. 14 2003
What a wonderful book! I saw the CBC miniseries first and for once that didn't ruin the book. I fell in love with the characters, love the portrayal of Newfoundland. What a harsh life they lived. The writing is super...the characters are beautifully drawn. Loved it!
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