The Friends of Meager Fortune

The Friends of Meager Fortune

Book - 2006
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Owen Jameson returns home from the Second World War and takes over the family operated logging business because his older brother has been killed in a logging accident.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, c2006.
ISBN: 9780385660945
Branch Call Number: FIC Richa
Characteristics: 366 p.

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GLNovak
Jul 10, 2013

This book started out almost too slow for me, but I persevered and am glad I did. The two brothers, Will and Owen, have grown up in a lumber family in New Brunswick and although very different, carry on the family business. There are many levels to this story - the traditional vs technological harvest of trees, the pull of the world vs the draw of family expectations, the role of rumour in the perception of events, the tangle that love makes. I especially enjoyed the vivid descriptions of horse-logging in the frigid snowy winters and the river running of the logs in the spring. Amazing deeds in treacherous conditions.

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uncommonreader
May 13, 2013

The story of a lumber family set in the 1931s and 1940s, this excellent book chronicles the end of an era. It is Chekovian.

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bookworm1387
Apr 02, 2012

If you’ve read Richards’ very personal book "God Is", I think you will see that he's actually written a bit of himself into one of the characters in "Meager Fortune". Reading "God Is" may also help readers to understand some of the themes in this novel.

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linelle_mogado
Oct 30, 2010

beautiful, evocative language and finely-drawn characters - humans and horses and trees. a tribute to a way of life once essential, but now indispensible in canada's history.

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