In this diverse collection of stories, Hubert Furey transports the
reader back in time to an outport culture in which he lived and which has long
since disappeared. It was a time when the “slapper” was deemed to be an
indispensable aid to success in the classroom, when homemade moonshine was part
of any festive celebration, when fairies abounded in the woods waiting to lead
the unwary astray, and when friends sat around the table and didn’t mind having
a good argument, even if the subject was as mundane as chuckley pears.
writes about the inspirational lives of the local folks he met through his
early teaching career in communities around the province, as well as the
traditional ways of celebrating, grieving, and gathering in this unique
culture. While the people in these stories are fictional, the lives are not.
From hunting to courting, cooking to preaching, As
the Old Folks Would Say captures
Newfoundland’s exceptional heritage and the spirit of life on the island.