August Gale: A Father and Daughter's Journey into the Storm

An award winning journalist s voyage into her family history and her quest to face the storms she encounters there.
August Gale A Father and Daughter s Journey into the Storm An award winning journalist s voyage into her family history and her quest to face the storms she encounters there

  • Title: August Gale: A Father and Daughter's Journey into the Storm
  • Author: Barbara Walsh
  • ISBN: 9780762761463
  • Page: 379
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. The author pursues her interest in family roots in Newfoundland and the impact of a terrible storm in 1935 that killed her great uncle Paddy and several cousins. It was an event Barbara’s father never talked about when she was growing up. His own father, Ambrose had left the tight Newfoundland community for a new life in New York City and then when he was a boy abandoned his mother for another woman and another life. The interest Barbara has in the past leads her to inspire an interest in her [...]

    2. This is one of the saddest and most moving stories I have read in quite a while. It recalls the effect a devastating and tragic hurricane that stuck Newfoundland in August 1935 and the cost to one family. The storm leaves the Walsh family in tatters. The husband, captain of a fishing schooner, and three sons lost to the storm, a brother of the lost captain learns of the storm and abandons his family.The hopeful part is that, through the efforts of one member of the Walsh family, the entire story [...]

    3. I just finished August Gale: A Father and Daughter’s Journey into the Storm by Barbara Walsh. This is an outstanding book. Barbara Walsh has very skillfully meshed three related stories. First is that of the catastrophic 1935 gale that took the lives of 40 Newfoundland fishermen including her great-uncle “Paddy” Walsh and several of her cousins, second is the story of her grandfather Ambrose Walsh who had emigrated to NY from Newfoundland to start and later abandon his own family and third [...]

    4. This was a great book. The title August Gale is quite appropriate as many things happen in August. It is the birth month of the author and her father--both principle characters in the book; as well as the month that took the lives of the author's great uncle and three or his four sons. It is a book about a family tracing its routes and finding and renewing relationships that had long been relegated to the past.No family I know was ever perfect, but in the author's, my own, and the families of my [...]

    5. Having spent over 30 years in the oceasn business, this book has the making of an epic "sea story." It is superbly written. The author has managed to detach herself from a story to whoch she is very much attached, to the benefit of the reader. The rich storytelling will appeal to those who are interested in the sea, as well as those who experience a test of faith in their own lives. It is a story of reconciliation and, ultimately, hope.

    6. "August Gale" by Barbara Walsh is beautifully written. A poignant story of family, relationships, and sailors' battles with the sea. Walsh is a gifted storyteller. She shares emotion without sentimentality, and you are there with her as she tells this tale. "August Gale" is a new classic that simply should not be missed. Add this book to your summer reading shelf, you will carry its story with you forever.

    7. My daughter and I love this book and have put it on the list for our book club to read in January. This book is unique in the way it was written which involves present day family and the families that have passed. We in particular loved reading about the fishermen and the lives that they chose to live. Passions about a chosen livelihood are rare there days and it made us cheer the men who work hard everyday to bring in the fish, plow the fields and work the farms.

    8. As this book moves back and forth through time in two parallel narratives of heartrending loss and family ties over a century, the imagined portrayals of these real seafaring Newfoundlanders and those who waited at home come to life most vividly.

    9. August Gale: A Father and Daughter's Journey into the Storm (by Barbara Walsh) is the current read for the South Berwick Library book group, and I expect there will be good discussion apparently with the author in Skype with us. If you have seen the movie The Perfect Storm, you'll feel the same dread as Walsh little by little leads us towards the tragedies that resulted from the great August gale of 1935 that claimed over 40 fisherman's lives from her family in Marystown, Newfoundland. But the b [...]

    10. Barbara Walsh has crafted a riveting piece of nonfiction by skillfully weaving two lines of parallel events within three generations of her family. The author's Pulitzer Prize-winning research skills are showcased in the narrative's historical accuracy and honesty. Her humanity and compassion ground the work somewhere closer to the heart, reinforcing the idea that we are all the sum of our experiences and our decisions. There are inherited traits and tendencies, but we each build our castle (or [...]

    11. Barbara Walsh’s book is both entertaining and informative. The past and present are woven together masterfully, so that the reader feels like they have hopped in a dory to find out what really happened to Marystown during the August Gale of 1935. Legendary figures like Uncle Paddy Walsh emerge and bring the salty Newfoundland community to life on the pages. However, this book is not just about adventure, the dangerous life of cod fishermen, and a terrible storm. It is also about simple people [...]

    12. Great beach read! This true story moves fluidly between a terrible “August gale” in Newfoundland in 1935 (reminiscent of the Perfect Storm) that takes the lives of the author’s relatives, to the present day journey the author and her dad take to uncover the secrets of the gale as well as find an explanation for her grandfather’s abandonment of her father’s family, not once, but twice. The story is gut wrenching and uplifting at the same time. The author does a great job bringing the ha [...]

    13. I am always up for a good seafaring tale and August Gale: delivered that in addition to a multi-layered story of family betrayal and redemption. Walsh writes simply and directly of the tragedy of the hurricane on a small fishing village in Newfoundland and weaves the story around the emotional exploration of long held family secrets. This honest and touching journey adds a rich depth to the telling of the bit of regional history that has echoed down through the generations of the Walsh family. T [...]

    14. Liked "August Gale," the interwoven stories of the 1935 hurricane that hit the east coast of Newfoundland, taking many dorrymen and captains, and the history of Walsh's father's family, especially the tales of Paddy Walsh and his children and grandchildren. The desertion of Ambrose, Walsh's grandfather, deeply scarred her father Ron, who bore the scars throughout his life.Lots to learn about hard fishing and hard times in isolated places. And lots to think about regarding family "secrets" and co [...]

    15. We had a lovely holiday in Nova Scotia about a year ago. We visited Lunenburg, amongst other places. They have a maritime museum, which also deals with the many lives lost in the fishing industry during the august gales. I was fascinated and was searching for a book on this topic, and this was the book I found - though it takes place in Newfoundland, not Nova Scotia.I found it relatively good, though I was not the most interested in the story of a father abandoning his family, etc. My interest w [...]

    16. A great read for anyone who loves seafaring stories (a la The Perfect Storm) or has dug into their family history and enjoys a good genealogical hunt. Walsh transitions smoothly between the hurricane of the past and the turmoil her family faces while uncovering their own history. Pretty amazing to be able to trace the history to such a tight-knight community and be able to travel to the places that tie the past and present together. Really enjoyable and I highly recommend it.

    17. The gripping true story of a grand-daughter's search for the truth about her absent grandfather and the family he lost in the famous August gale in Newfoundland in August 1935. It chronicles her father's acceptance of her search and the resulting affects on the immediate and newly-found extended families as well as the stories of the lives of the men who lost their lives in 1935's devastating 'perfect storm'.

    18. Written by a descendant of a Newfoundland sea captain, this story chronicles the life of this fishing village during desperate times. It was fascinating to learn of the constant fear they lived with, knowing their loved ones were at the mercy of the sea. An enlightened look at a maritime lifestyle.

    19. Barbara Walsh has cleverly interwoven memoir of her family heritage with documentary of the 1935 gale into which perished several Newfoundland fishermen, many of them her relatives. With her father, they uncover mysteries of their roots, some deeply buried in untouchable terrain. Walsh's craft and story will hold you steady through the gale.

    20. August Gale was written by Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Barbara Walsh. The book weaves two stories: that of a deadly 1935 Newfoundland hurricane, in which her great-uncle and other family members were lost at sea, and that of her father, who struggles with the abandonment of his father at age 11. Very well-written and compelling.

    21. An excellent read for the historical information on the founding of and culture of Newfoundland if nothing else. But there are alsothe themes of the pull of "home" and of the bonds of family no matter how those bonds have been stretched. Finally there is a more personal story of damage to a young son when the father abandons one family for a new one.

    22. Even though I didn't rate this book that highly, I was really glad I read it. I did have to take a break in the middle (which is unusual for me) but I am glad to have finished it. I think this would be of more interest to someone from Newfoundland. I found the descriptions of the fishing process interesting.

    23. I thoroughly enjoyed this heart wrenching memoir. Barbara Walsh skillfully interweaves three stories. She brings to life the Newfoundland fishing village of 1935 and the fateful gale, a father's inexplainable desertion of his family, and the effects of long ago events on a present day family. This book is a "page turner".

    24. I was really engaged by the "Gale" part of this book, less so by "memoir" sections. They were okay, but didn't catch my interest the way the storm did. I guess maybe Walsh's real strength lies in story-telling.

    25. An interesting book about a massive storm off the coast of Newfoundland in 1935 and its impact on one family. The author is very good about writing the details of the story, but I found her writing about the family emotions to be weak.

    26. Loved reading this true life story by a Maine author. Also interesting that she grew up in Pelham NH, a town very familiar to me and my family.

    27. Wonderfully crafted weave of two heartbreaking stories, buried by a generation, and finally brought to light through a father's courage and healing and a daughter's quest for her family's history.

    28. my aunt wrote this book! Ronald Walsh is my grampa and patty is my great uncle. I liked it I found out a lot about my family I never knew! I would suggest it!

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