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The Ocean follows the lives of three women through the growing modernization and political turmoil of Chile during the latter half of the 20th century, to their exile on the other side of the world in wintery, land-locked Winnipeg. These three women - Maria Soledad, Consuelo and Pilar - each live in different eras, yet are all confronted with changed personal and public ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published February 8th 2018 by FriesenPress (first published December 9th 2012)
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Brenda
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
SPOILERS!

This story is about three generations of women. It starts in Chile, goes to Winnipeg, then back to Chile. Each of the women grow up with more secrets in the family than information.

Maria Soledad is totally disappointed as her father teaches each of her brothers to read. When she is finally going to be next her father skips over her and starts teaching her younger brother. When she clarified to him that she was older, he tells her he knows his children’s ages. When she tells him it is
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This book had so much potential but it was never realized. The characters and stories could have been much more developed and could have been so much richer.

The writing was not strong - there were many run on sentences and a tendency to overuse the comma. Time was also a problem; Maria Soledad was 13 and then a chapter or two later was 25. The other main characters also rapidly aged thus none of their stories were developed, nor were
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Ariana
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the plot of the book a lot. But i also felt like you left a lot out of the book it felt rushed to me. when i read books i like to feel connected to the characters and it felt like you were rushing the first chapter was what got me hooked but as i continued to read i realized that the story was going by way to fast for my liking. but besides that i absolutely loved what you tried to do with the story. i wish that you expanded more on the girls a bit more that would have made it ...more
Claudia Garcia de la Huerta
Feb 02, 2013 rated it really liked it

Cecila Araneda’s literary debut The Ocean is a hypnotic story that masterfully follows the lives of its three main characters. A huge fan of Isabel Allende, I was immediately hooked by the style of magical realism Cecila writes in. Her story telling is thoughtful and it’s able to transform the reader to each of the characters’’ worlds. Whether you are familiar with Chile and its political history or you’ve lived in Canada your whole life, it’s impossible not to be drawn to the characters and
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Bobbie Cartwright
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The story is mainly set in Chile, with a portion set in Winnipeg. At the heart of the novel is the story of three women. Two of the woman have carried burdens and had to deal with unexpected circumstances. Maria Soledad lived a necessary life, and her secrets were a burden, not only to her, but the secrets she had to keep. My favorite line in the novel is on page 189 in the paperback. " she then put the lid back on the jar and returned it to her backpack to take back down to the river" . Pilar ...more
Marsha
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
The Ocean by Cecilia Araneda is an excellent read. The depth of these characters is amazing and I love them all. Poor Manuel ended up being my favorite. Yes, there were some blank spots, but my overly active imagination loved filling in the blanks. I thoroughly enjoyed the stories of all three of these women that had to be so strong to survive. A must read.
Scott Toderash
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
My daughter kept asking, "How's the girl book? Is it good?"

I said "Yes. You'll probably enjoy it when you're older."

The story is good, lots of meaning throughout. The timeline did catch me off guard a few times, but there are a lot of years packed into the pages.
Mike Everleth
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very beautiful and moving story about three generations of Chilean women as they get caught up in their home country's political turmoil. At times heartbreaking and others very moving.
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Cecilia Araneda was born in Chile and came to Canada at a young age as a refugee with her family after they escaped Chile’s coup d’état. She grew up in northern Manitoba and currently lives in Winnipeg.

More information: http://www.ceciliaaraneda.ca/about/
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