“The Trade” of the title is the beaver fur trade in Canada, and this book, based on the lives of real people involved in it, is set between 1822 and 1867, when the trade was going into decline. It’s an ambitious and panoramic novel, covering 45 years and many different aspects of life at that time, but it’s all too bitty. It jumps from one set of people to another, from one person’s viewpoint to another’s, and there are some big gaps in time, and unfortunately it all ends up feeling rather disjointed. I never felt as if I got to know any of the characters properly. It was interesting, but it didn’t go into enough depth for me and I wasn’t able to feel that I’d really got into it. Oh well, never mind!