Customer Review

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A novel that amuses often but rarely moves...., 20 Dec 1999
By A Customer
This review is from: The Colony of Unrequited Dreams (Hardcover)
The colony in question is Newfoundland, one of the British Empire's first acquisitions, which was relinquished to Canada a mere half-century or so ago. The novel follows the career of Joey Smallwood, who rises from humble origins to become Premier of the newly-confederated Canadian province. Smallwood is portrayed as a tenacious, trouble-making demagogue who, by degrees, transforms himself into a pragmatic politician. Historical and fictional episodes are juxtaposed, and both are populated with a mixed cast of real and imaginary characters. As a foil for the idealistic Smallwood, Johnson invents the colourful figure of Shelagh Fielding, a cynical journalist, and author of the sublimely sarcastic 'Condensed History of Newfoundland' which is excerpted throughout the book, providing a droll counterpoint to Smallwood's progress. The novel is strongest in its comic moments, and in its evocation of Newfoundland's landscape and history. Elsewhere though, a good deal of Johnson's fictionalising, presumably intended to heighten the drama of his tale, falls more or less flat. The upshot is a novel that often amuses, occasionally fascinates but rarely moves the reader.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

4.7 out of 5 stars (7 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (6)
4 star:    (0)
3 star:
 (1)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
Used & New from: 0.01
Add to wishlist
A Customer