This is the third novel that I've read from Mr. Hynes and must say, it's his best work to date. To me, his books of this nature are almost a diary of a sorry braggart. As if his characters say, " hey, look at me and how unfortunate things can get! " The moral I took from this story is that you have to be willing to hoof your whole journey alone and feeling sorry for yourself is not productive. If you're lucky, you'll have some help and adventures along the way. Yes, it's full of misspells and slang from Newfoundland but write what ya knows!