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Finton Moon Paperback – May 15 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Killick Press; 1st Edition edition (May 15 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 189717490X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897174906
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #236,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Finton Moon" reminded me of great novels like "David Copperfield," "Of Human Bondage," "Sons and Lovers," "Jane Eyre," and "Catcher in the Rye."And Gerard Collins deserves much credit for exploring ideas common to these works within the Newfoundland and Labrador milieu.Darrell Squires, The Western Star

About the Author

Gerard Collins is the author of Moonlight Sketches, a short story collection. He has won the Percy Janes First Novel Award for Finton Moon, been shortlisted for the Cuffer Prize, won several Arts and Letters awards and published in journals and anthologies such as Zeugma, Storyteller and Hard Ol' Spot. He lives in St. John's where he writes and teaches English at MUN.

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Fantastic realism at it's best. This story had me laughing out loud and crying to myself. Not your typical coming of age tale by a long shot, it captures Newfoundland in a way that's unique and true and heart-wrenching. Loved it.
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My, I was very surprised by this book, which I bought after learning it had been longlisted for the IMPAC award, which are books chosen by librarians. I'd not heard of the author but discovered he has a collection of stories that came out before Finton Moon that I intend to read as well. Finton Moon is the name of the main character, who is born and raised in a particularly dismal and small Newfoundland town called Darwin. He has a devoutly Catholic mother and grandmother, who hope he will join the priesthood. But as he grows older, he begins to feel like an alien, and wonders why he doesn't fit into his own family, which includes an unemployable father, who may be guilty of murder, and two rough-and-tumble brothers. Finton Moon likes to read, and when he's given a copy of To Kill a Mockingbird, his life begins to change. He questions his faith at the same time as he discovers he may have a healing gift, which is awkward for a boy who may not believe in miracles. He falls in and out of love, loses his virginity at a young age, and becomes increasingly devoted to getting out of Darwin as his devotion to the Church ebbs away. When he is told the truth of his parenthood, that seals his desire, and he moves ever closer to reaching his dream of getting away.
Fans of Frank McCourt would probably love this fiction, which may be what the nominating librarians are thinking of. It's a gothic tale, well told. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars, is that I felt a little let-down by the ending, which I do not intend to reveal. But 4 stars says, I hope, read this book!
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For anyone who has not visited Newfoundland it is hard to truly grasp how perfectly Collins captures the sights, sounds and mentality of "The Rock." Regardless of the picture perfect imagery, all readers can find something to like within the novel, which is how I rate novels I pick up. There is humour, wit, strong characters, and even a bit of fantasy for all readers to sink their teeth into and enjoy the feast of Collins' gothic folktale.
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