BRIMSTONE HEAD - A Collection of Short Stories
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A collection of entertaining short stories of how it was, growing up in the isolated Newfoundland out port of Fogo in the 1950’s & 60’s. Fogo Island was discovered in 1499 by the Portugese and named Feugo, meaning fire after their own Fogo Island in the Cape Verdes off the Coast of Africa. This book also provides background information on Brimstone Head the mysterious geographical dome of ancient volcanic origin seen on the cover. It looms over the Town of Fogo and (according to the Flat Earth Society) is one of the "Four Corners of the Earth." For background to this unique place, there is a section of historical facts about the places on the Island. In addition, there is a Glossary of the unique Newfoundland English used in this book's colourful narration. The famous artist, Robert M. Henry, created the cover and the numerous illustrations throughout the book. ---- For further information about this book, ALL the REVIEWS and the community of FOGO,... More > visit http://brimstonehead.com ---- E-book available< Less
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May 2, 2010Kevin's personal recollection of growing up in the Maritimes is a piece of Canadian History. His descriptive writing takes you walking with him as a young boy to Brimstone Head and makes you feel as though his loving Aunt might be part of your own family. His expressive style takes you back in time to feel the hardship with which he lived, while opening the door to reveal the richness of life on Fogo Island, Newfoundland.
Feb 28, 2010If you're from “away,” and you think a header is the data at the top of a web page, and a pancake is something you eat for breakfast, if you think a collar is what you wear around your neck, and a tickle is what makes you laugh, then you've got another think coming. From lassy to leggy, from ballicatters to brewis, the stories in Brimstone Head will make you smile and marvel—and shed a tear perhaps—as they carry you back to the middle of the last century and an isolated Newfoundland outport where hard work was the stuff of life, and community the knot that held it all together. These stories are a real treasure.
Feb 21, 2010This book was an entertaining but informative read at the same time. I was taken back to a time and place I never experienced. The book was an easy, entertaining and enlightening read through a child’s eyes of what it was like growing up in a Newfoundland outport during the 1950s. From light and humorous short stories to grief seen through the eyes of a child. Educational stories about cod fishing the way it was, to places that no longer exist. From the legend of Fogo being one of the “Four Corners of the Earth,” to experiencing the accent come alive in his writing and the occasional use of colourfully unique Newfoundland English.
Jan 25, 2010While illustrating this wonderful compilation of stories from Kevin's childhood, I not only got a glimpse into his own development, but if one ever wanted to know about the strange mysterious and somewhat idyllic, yet extremely harsh life in Newfoundland, this is the book to read. Each story was told so clearly that although I envisioned several scenarios to illustrate, and chose certain key scenes, one's imagination will fly while listening to Kevin "tell" each story. It's almost as if you are in a theater listening to an author reading a children's story to a captive audience. Very well done! Five stars..... I absolutely recommend this book!
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- Kevin Penton (Standard Copyright License)
- February 17, 2010
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.52 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 5.5 wide x 8.5 tall
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- Fogo Newfoundland ,
- Brimstone Head ,
- Short Stories ,
- Canadian Out Port ,
- Growing up 1950's ,
- Growing up 1960's ,
- Childhood memories ,
- Cod ,
- labrador Dogs ,
- Newfoundland Dogs ,
- Shorefast Foundation ,
- Joe Batt's Arm ,
- Seldom ,
- Island Harbour ,
- Tilting ,
- Deep Bay ,
- Shoal Bay
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