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The Iambics of Newfoundland

Notes from an Unknown Shore

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May 13, 2008 | Paperback |  6 x 9.25, 288 Pages | ISBN 9781582434216
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"[The Iambics of Newfoundland] is filled with just such refreshing moments of discovery, such bracing love of place without the veneer of romance." —New Orleans Times-Picayune

After spending the greater part of a decade traveling around the island of Newfoundland at “the edge of North America,” beloved nature writer Robert Finch chronicles the people, geography, and wildlife of this remote and lovely place in The Iambics of Newfoundland. From the cliffs of Cape Spear overlooking the Atlantic, the beaches of Sandy Cove, the steep streets of St. John’s, and the moss-covered tundra of the southern coast, Finch brings to life a wide array of characters—newcomers and old timers, fisherman, hunters, and hitchhikers—and an island tucked between provinces, languages, and cultures, a land of ancient hardship and stirring beauty.

ROBERT FINCH is the author of six collections of essays, most recently Death of a Hornet and Other Cape Cod Essays, and co-editor of The Norton Book of Nature Writing. He is a recipient of the New England Booksellers Association Award for Nonfiction. His weekly radio series, “A Cape Cod Notebook,” is heard on the NPR affiliate WCAI-FM, and he received a New England Edward R. Murrow Award for Radio Writing in 2006. He divides his time between Cape Cod and Newfoundland.


The Iambics of Newfoundland, its title taken from a passing remark, lives up to its poetic promise; it is filled with just such refreshing moments of discovery, such bracing love of place without the veneer of romance.” —New Orleans Times-Picayune

“The glimpses that Finch provides of the culture, history, and startling beauty of this fascinating land add up to a charming book that readers will be sorry to finish.” —Library Journal Starred Review

“While Finch’s skill at capturing the flora, fauna and landscape of a given area is unparalleled, his writerly skill is at its sharpest capturing Newfoundland’s children, parents, fishermen and ‘strangers,’ and his blossoming friendships with them, that sets his book apart from other fish-out-of-water travelogues. Though far from a traditional guide, anyone curious about ‘the unknown shore’ will find this an exacting, delightful tour.” —Publishers Weekly


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