Friday, December 27

Book Review: The Beothuk Expedition

Title: The Beothuk Expedition

Author: Derek Yetman

Pages: EBook 194

Summary: Based on Cartwright s ill-fated expedition in search of the Beothuk. Jonah Squibb and his Royal Navy companions are tasked with making the first peaceful contact with the Beothuk in more than a century and a half. Conspiring against them are the unforgiving wilderness, unscrupulous merchants and politicians, and the Beothuk s mistrust of the party s motives. Greed and compassion collide in this robust and spirited novel that recreates the epic 1768 Cartwright mission to right the wrongs of a bloody past. The novel breathes new life to events that sealed the fate of the Beothuk and etched the very soul of Newfoundland.

My Rating: 4/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: This wasn't book I could say I enjoyed reading. While I enjoyed some of the historical side of the story , I found that overall it lacked depth in both plot and its characters.

The story was told through multiple view points, which worked out very well, as I found each voice was distinctive to that character. While I felt the characters lacked depth and development, each one that had their own narrative was distinctive from the others. It was just a shame they weren't written more detailed than just their own voice. I think had they had more depth, something more to them to connect the reader to the story, the reading the book would have been a different experience.

I also found the plot itself didn't exactly connect to me. I was interested in the historical background of the story, I found that it wasn't carried out well. There were long stretches were not a lot happens, and the story feels like it's not moving forward. It had potential but in the end it fell short of my expectations

Would I recommend it to read: I'm not sure I would. It wasn't a horrible book, but compared to others like it, it fell short, so it's not the one I'd recommend.

What to read next: I'm not sure on what books to read next for this one.

Challenges: 7th Annual Canadian Book Challenge, Alphabet Challenge

1 comment:

  1. Bernice Morgan (Random Passage) wrote a book about the Beothuk and Shanawdithit called Cloud of Bone. It was very good and is also Canadian. I'd recommend it.