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One Insular Tahiti

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  39 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
When a man chooses his rebirth, will the mother he selects be able to forgive him?

"My death in '59 came the way I always feared it would: in the claustrophobic underground heat of a Cape Breton coal mine."

So begins Luke MacIsaac's tale of restless afterlife. His life after death is nowhere near what he thought it would be; instead of peace, he finds an unending roll on a
Published September 12th 2010 by Smashwords
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T.W. Dittmer
May 31, 2012 T.W. Dittmer rated it it was amazing
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I just finished reading “One Insular Tahiti” by Thea Atkinson, and would like to say a few words about it. I don’t think I can really do this work justice, but was impressed enough to give it a go.

This is not a beach read. This is not a fun read. This is the real deal.

From the beginning, the author pulls you into the story with imagery that flows from surreal to a hard slap up side the head. From the bobbing in the ocean… to the unknown stains on the frat house floor… to the vomit on the borrowe
Sibel Hodge
Jun 17, 2011 Sibel Hodge rated it it was amazing
First of all I have to say wow! This novel wasn't what I was expecting at all.

To sum it up is hard because it includes so many things: Family relationships and how the dynamics have the power to make you who you are. Reincarnation (whether you believe or not doesn't matter), and a journey of how we may get to who we are now. It's sad, hopeful, painful, forgiving, thought-provoking, all rolled into one. And it's like nothing I've read before.

Thea has such an eloquent way with words, her writing
Kate Policani
Jan 22, 2012 Kate Policani rated it really liked it
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Luke is a spirit between one life and the next, washing around in the sea of time and memory waiting for the moment when he is reborn. At the mercy of the whims of the current, he flows through his own life and the lives of others from his past life and future life on a bizarre train of feeling and thought (that seems a lot like my regular thinking patterns…eee). The moment that he longs for, his own rebirth, is approaching. He yearns for his mother, Astrid, who suffers through a painful life th ...more
Mar 08, 2012 Jeni rated it really liked it
This review deserves much more time than I can give it right now, but I want to at least get a few words down.

The author's prose was beautifully flowing, and reading this book was a pure delight. The plot was touching and refreshingly unique. The characters were fascinating; just developed enough to make you care for them and want to understand them. At times I grew frustrated wanting more information about a particular character or situation, but that was one of the things that also made this
Mar 12, 2015 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Distraction will take away the pleasure of reading this fine book., March 12, 2015

This review is from: One Insular Tahiti: a novel (Kindle Edition)

The author really makes you think and concentrate when you read her books. No distractions is the best way to dive in, because the hidden themes and necessary information will be lost if you become distracted. I almost put this book down after the first quarter, but I am glad I continued.

There are several characters that the book flashes back to throu
Feb 14, 2012 Elaine rated it liked it
This book is very beautifully written, flows nicely and is paced very well. The reason I only gave it three stars though is I personally found the content quite challenging. The novel deals with some very hard hitting issues, as someone who likes to read as a means of escapism some of the issues and concepts dealt with in this book were tough for me. However Thea Atkinsons wonderful prose kept me reading to the end.
Paula Humphrey
Jan 11, 2011 Paula Humphrey rated it it was amazing
This has become one of my favorite books. Very creative writing intertwines Luke's life back and forth between his own past experiences and Astrid's life. You come to care about all of the characters in the book, and feel a connection to them. It is a very well written story - I didn't want to put it down!
Thea Atkinson
Dec 30, 2010 Thea Atkinson added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
it does have 4.5 stars over at Amazon so it can't be all bad.
Aug 03, 2012 Carol rated it it was amazing
I loved this. It took me ages to read because it was quite traumatic in places. There were several upsetting scenes, and the majority of the characters had flaws - one who sexually abused his under age niece, another self harming, one who murders another, one who mentally abuses another, and so it goes on. It was well written and I really cared about what happened to them.

Maggie White
Sep 08, 2011 Maggie White rated it liked it
I was a little disappointed whilst reading this. It hada really promising beginning and the subject was interesting but it didn't fulfil that promise for me. the relationship over the reincarnations was not made clear nor what the redemption was about.
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Thea is a NY Times and USA Today bestseller who writes what she calls left-of-mainstream fiction. No matter what the theme, it's often dark, gritty, edgy, and doesn't fit into any one recognizable genre.

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