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This fictionalised true story of the very slow rise to fame of 'the unlikely revolutionary' Charlie Underhill, was for me the book of 1999. The long and incredibly bitter road that Underhill trod in his pursuit of better days, is both comical and sad.
Set in the bleak and blasted setting of Newfoundland, It is a must for anybody who has a love of Canadian/North American history.
The non-romance with the beautifully un-glamourous Fielding, was comically frustrating, eventually becoming heart wrenching in its futility. The biggest 'will they. wont they' question since romeo and juliet.
This book deserves to be called a classic, moreover it deserves to be read.