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The Adversary

A Novel

by Michael Crummey

The Adversary by Michael Crummey X
The Adversary by Michael Crummey
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  • Published Feb 2024
    336 pages
    Genre: Literary Fiction

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  • Amber H. (Asheville, NC)
    A miss for me
    This book was a miss for me. The first ~20 I was interested in the developing story between the sibling main characters but the remainder of the book fell flat. The storyline kept changing and I never felt invested in the characters by that point. There's a lot going on, I wish the author had followed one thread vs many.
  • Gail B. (Albuquerque, NM)
    Confusion Reigns
    The town of Mockbegger is inhabited by a cast of characters that come and go. Abe Stapp and resentful Widow Caines are rivals for control. Their father, Cornelius Stapp, died a year ago, leaving behind a fortune to his son. Widow Caines's husband Elias also left her wealthy and a rival for the C. Stapp business. Another main character, the Beadle, serves as Abe's advisor, town physician and meter of punishment. Then there are the townspeople, the Quakers, the younger generation, the sailors and privateers, the crows, the bawdy ladies, the dead bodies, one who was pickled in brandy.

    Too many unlikable residents, too many nicknames. Confusing Newfoundland 18th century vocabulary. Example: what is "droke a rocky lun?" Even the author could not determine who The Adversary is.
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