THE ROCK WITHIN THE SEA: A Heritage Lost by Farley & John de Visser Mowat

THE ROCK WITHIN THE SEA: A Heritage Lost

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A tremendously moving portrait of the people of a small coastal town in Newfoundland via photographs and text. These ""quick, confident, eminently successful survivors of an evolutionary winnowing-process,"" whose lives for generations were sea-centered and determined, are being driven away from their homes. After confederation with Canada and under the premiership of ""King Joey"" Smallwood, Newfoundland is being cramped into the pattern of modern industrial nations, and through various means, the outporters are being lured, more often forced, into factory communities. ""We was drove,"" insisted one exile. John de Visser moves sympathetically with his camera among the members of one lingering outport -- recording secure and friendly kitchens, the bleak and beautiful landscape, the open innocence of young and old. The tragedy of dispersion is ancient, but the Newfoundlanders' plight is a hitherto unrevealed variant.

Pub Date: Feb. 27th, 1969
Publisher: Little, Brown-A.M.P.