The Weight of Water
I realized I was skimming pages, something I only do when I'm really bored with a story, so I checked what page I was on.
How is it possible that it moves soooo slow that forty-six pages felt like a hundred?
Know what I don't need?
- Adjectives in every single sentence.
- The same island described a million times.
- The regular reminder in every chapter that the husband is a poet and (surprise!) liked to drink.
- Reminders every two pages that she's jealous.
Anita Shreve has such a somber but beautiful voice. Her stories are incredibly emotional.
The plot was somewhat scattered and none of the characters were developed enough for me to love them. However, that didn’t take away from this book for me, as it usually would. Some writers, good characters are all they h ...more
I will say, I figured out the twist in the past story, but did not see the present day twist coming...kind of blindsided me. She paints a beautiful picture of her settings and I was transported to a different and harsh time. A rather sad story overall.
As a child I grew up sailing and anchoring off the Isles of Shoals, listening to tales of the pirate Bluebeard, treasure and murder; swimming in the deep black waters; and exploring Smuttynose and the Haley house (of which I'm a d ...more
"The island is not barren, but it is sere and bleak."
"The Isles of Shoals, an archipelago, lie in the Atlantic, ten miles southeast off th ...more
A ilha dos desencontros apresenta-nos duas histórias em dois momentos temporais distintos. Um no passado e outro no presente. No início, a forma que a autora escolheu para integrar ...more
A murder of two women took place over 100 years ago on the island of Smutty Nose in the Isles of Shoals. Maren Hanvent moves to this very remote, sparse island with her fisherman husband. They are followed by her sister and brother ...more
1)The long and largely irrelevant passages about Maren's life in Norway.
2) The unexplained hostility between the two sisters (Maren and Karen--yikes--imagination where art thou?)
3)The past story of the murders and the present tale of jealousy went off the rails at the critical moment. Frankly, the whole narrative from the past didn't hang together very well.
4)The cliched moody drunk p ...more
And then through trial transcripts and a memoir that has never been found before, the story of Norwegian immigrants who settled on this islands off the coast. ...more
Read this for my circle group, luckily it was one of hers I hadn't read.
I loved the way the modern and real life events of 1873 are interwoven.
It's a chilling novel but I was soon engrossed.
The descriptions of the harsh conditions and climate left you feeling chilled!
Beautifully written and very compelling.
Had me up late last night to finish!
Anita Shreve is a masterful author from New England who has taken a real event—a horrific double murder of two Norwegian women in the Isle of Shoals in the late 180 ...more
It's the mid-nineties and Jean, her husband Thomas, and her daughter Billie are on a chartered boat with her brother-in-law Rich and his girlfriend, Adeline. Jean has to do a photo essay of some islands off the coast of Maine where a horrific murder took place in the 1800's. Jean becomes fascinated with the crime, starts to believe that her husband is having an affair, and becomes so emotionally unstable that she finds she is capable of committing horrific acts.
The book ...more
In the novel, a photojournalist named Jean gets an assignment to do a photo essay on a 100-year-old double -murder that happened on the isles of Shoals, a tiny group of islands off the coast of New Hampshire. Jean brings along her poet husband, her five-years-old daughter, her brother-in-low and his new girlfriend.
Shreve skillfully got me involved in the soap opera whe ...more
After reading the hefty and only half good Fortune's Rocks I wanted to read some more of Shreve so I picked the slimmest volume in the bookshop hoping that she could write more consistently compellingly in a shorter work. And I got what I wanted - this book would have been unputdownable if I hadn't have had so much to do. I woke up before my alarm this morning and before I got a chance to decide whether I really ought to try and get a little more sleep my head had decided I needed to finish this...more
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