An Innocent in Newfoundland: Even More Curious Rambles and Singular Encounters by David McfaddenAn Innocent in Newfoundland: Even More Curious Rambles and Singular Encounters by David Mcfadden

An Innocent in Newfoundland: Even More Curious Rambles and Singular Encounters

byDavid Mcfadden

Paperback | April 29, 2003

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David McFadden travels around Newfoundland. Who knows which was most charmed

In An Innocent in Ireland (1995) and An Innocent in Scotland (1999), poet and traveller David McFadden let the spirit of the country – and his own interests – guide his rambles. He has now done the same in Newfoundland.

Zigzagging across the province in his rented car, he charts an erratic course, admiring lawn sculpture (in his opinion a new local art), visiting fellow poets and publishers, wandering at dusk among the Viking mounds at L’Anse aux Meadows, rooming with a Salvation Army family in a distant outport (and discovering a family tragedy), hanging on in a stiff wind to watch birds nesting on a cliff face, and enjoying the social life in countless bars and restaurants.

It soon becomes clear that McFadden’s love of a good chat is shared widely by the people he meets in Newfoundland and he is wise enough to let them tell their own stories. For, as ever, his interest is in the heart of a place – and not just its scenery.

Alert, somewhat eccentric, always ready to amuse and be amused, David McFadden is an ideal travelling companion.
David W. McFadden has published over twenty books of poetry and prose, including Gypsy Guitar, nominated for a Governor General’s Award in 1987 and The Art of Darkness, nominated for a Governor General’s Award in 1984. He lives in Toronto.
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Title:An Innocent in Newfoundland: Even More Curious Rambles and Singular EncountersFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:320 pages, 8.47 × 5.69 × 0.79 inShipping dimensions:8.47 × 5.69 × 0.79 inPublished:April 29, 2003Publisher:McClelland & StewartLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0771055358

ISBN - 13:9780771055355

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not So Innocent in Newfoundland These curious ramblings from David McFadden make me wonder if he actually had a single actual encounter with anyone in the province. After I read 2 pages I learned that the slogan on our provincial license plates have changed from A World of Difference to A Sense of Difference . This got me thinking about any other factual errors. Apparantly there are many. Brian Tobin did not grow up in St. John's. His family home is in Stephenville, not on Waterfordbridge Road, where he lived for his short term as premier. You can find a place to stay on Change Island. I stayed at the Seven Oakes Inn a few years ago. One of the best places I have stayed in in Newfoundland. Change Island welcomes artists from all over the globe who go there to paint the magnificent scenery, not the car wrecks. Cupids was John Guys first colony, not his second, and Word Play is hardly a venerable old bookstore. It is about 15 years old, and it sells old books. I won't even start on the conversations with the colourful locals, because judging from Mr. McFadden's reinventing of some basic historical facts, I'm sure many of these people have been invented as well. One thing is certain. If I ever visit Ireland or Scotland, I'll consult another book.
Date published: 2003-07-15