The Danger Tree

The Danger Tree

Memory, War, and the Search for A Family's Past

Book - 1991
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Emulating the circuitous tales told by his mother's relatives, the Goodyears of Newfoundland, David Macfalane weaves the major events of the island's twentieth century--the ravages of tuberculosis; the great seal-hunt disaster; the bitter Confederation debate, and above all, the First World War--into his own tale of the ill-starred fortunes of his family. He brings to life a multi-generational cast of characters who are as colourful as only Newfoundlanders can be. With humour, insight, and genuine love for those heroes and charlatans, pirates and dreamers, he explores the meaning of family and the consequences of forgotten history.

Publisher: Toronto : Vintage, 1991
ISBN: 9780676972948
Characteristics: 307 p. : ill ; 20 cm


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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 22, 2014

This little noticed book is a wonderful blend of family story and Newfoundland history. From the early days of the twentieth century, through the tragedy of the war, MacFarlane evokes pre-Confederation Newfoundland with its memorable characters and amazing events.

Aug 21, 2014

Originally quite impressed, first few chapters quite good.
However author kept returning to same themes/stories/even phrases throughout sections of book that were a re-hash of the early comments. Thus extending the pages, but not really bringing greater depth or meaning to the story.

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