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Good story, poorly written
on October 5, 2006
The Friends of Meager Fortune has a good overall plot, which will keep you interested if you can get past the first 200 pages. The first half is, well, boring and has insufficient plot development. There are such long descriptions of the difficulties in New Brunswick forestry it makes you want to shout, "Ok, I get it!" The sentence structure is frequently awkward and slows the reader.
That said, the story gets better in the latter sections and Richards does a great job of describing the end of an era of manual forestry. The final scene on the last logging day is riveting.