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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

I have this book on hold at the library. I can't wait to read it.


message 2: by Naftoli (new)

Naftoli Outstanding review, Richard, you've outdone yourself!


message 3: by s.penkevich (new)

s.penkevich Grand review Richard, this one sounds really good. I forgot I'd added this to-read awhile back, I'm going to try and find it now. I like the idea you mention of her being 'an unreliable narrator, she is even aware of her unreliable perceptions, and yet she is, in this tale, weaving a myth as subtle as any out of the Greek sacred tradition.' That makes this sound epic, especially as I love a good unreliable narration. Bravo.


message 4: by Richard (new)

Richard Derus Jeannie wrote: "I have this book on hold at the library. I can't wait to read it."

Oh boy oh boy, I can't wait to see if you agree with me about it!


message 5: by Richard (new)

Richard Derus Naftoli wrote: "Outstanding review, Richard, you've outdone yourself!"

Thank you so much, Nato! I loved reading this book, so I'm glad it shows.


message 6: by Richard (new)

Richard Derus s.penkevich wrote: "Grand review Richard, this one sounds really good. I forgot I'd added this to-read awhile back, I'm going to try and find it now. I like the idea you mention of her being 'an unreliable narrator, s..."

This would make a nice counterpoint to some of your more toney reads. It's a story well told and one that still comes up with some fresh and lovely imagery.

*hugs Sven* Read it!


message 7: by s.penkevich (new)

s.penkevich I think I shall! I need a change in tone lately. I'm headed into Hamsun's Pan next to get a little romance into the dark corridors of death and PoMo that I've been traversing. This might have to come soon after.


message 8: by Traveller (new)

Traveller Very nice indeed, Richard! This sounds good!


message 9: by Richard (new)

Richard Derus Traveller wrote: "Very nice indeed, Richard! This sounds good!"

Thank you, Trav! This is a book I suspect you'd really like.


message 10: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten How would you compare this to Hitchcock's Lifeboat? Great review Sir Richard!


message 11: by Richard (new)

Richard Derus Jeffrey wrote: "How would you compare this to Hitchcock's Lifeboat? Great review Sir Richard!"

Thanks, Jeffrey!

Inevitably there are parallels. I saw them all over the place. Steinbeck's novella on which Lifeboat is based is wholly unknown to me in text form, so I can't comment on any similarities there. But the film is so camera-oriented and the novel is a récit, from one narrative viewpoint...I suppose comparison is inevitable, but this book is much more nuanced and more intimate than the film was.


message 12: by Shovelmonkey1 (new)

Shovelmonkey1 Yup well done, sign me up. Still expensive on the old kindle though. But I just got paid so maybe i will.


message 13: by Richard (new)

Richard Derus Shovelmonkey1 wrote: "Yup well done, sign me up. Still expensive on the old kindle though. But I just got paid so maybe i will."

Treat yourself! It's well worth the money, at least I say so...and the excitement of its sea passages!!!


message 14: by Shovelmonkey1 (new)

Shovelmonkey1 i was expecting a seaman joke...


message 15: by Richard (new)

Richard Derus I'm not feelin' it today. I've written about four orgasms in my new book, and it's taken a toll.


message 16: by Richard (new)

Richard Shovelmonkey1 wrote: "i was expecting a seaman joke..."

Hardie har har! :)


message 17: by Richard (new)

Richard Derus Richard wrote: "Shovelmonkey1 wrote: "i was expecting a seaman joke..."

Hardie har har! :)"


*readies transAtlantic harpoon*


message 18: by Richard (new)

Richard Richard wrote: "Richard wrote: "Shovelmonkey1 wrote: "i was expecting a seaman joke..."

Hardie har har! :)"

*readies transAtlantic harpoon*"


Moby-Dick went that-a-way. And, oh yes, before I forget, great review!


message 19: by Richard (new)

Richard Derus Yeah, well, nice try Moby...still got your punny bunny in the crosshairs.

Thanks!


message 20: by Philippa (new)

Philippa What I want to know is .... Who decided to charge the 3 women for murder? Who, apart from the other people in the lifeboat, would know what happened to Hardie, and they were pretty bleary by the end and just glad to be alive.


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