Castle of Water
For Sophie Ducel, her honeymoon in French Polynesia was intended as a celebration of life. The proud owner of a thriving Parisian architecture firm, co-founded with her brilliant new husband, Sophie had much to look forward to—including a visit to the island home of her favorite singer, Jacques Brel.
For Barry Bleecker, the...more
And so it came to pass that two utterly disparate lives happened to overlap ... bound together on an uninhabited island some 2,359 miles from Hawaii, 4,622 miles from Chile, and 533 miles from the nearest living soul.Barry, a young banker, decides one day to quit his job and journey to the tropics like his artistic muse, Paul Gauguin.
Sophie, a French architect, is on her honeymoon in French Polynesia. She and her hubby are adventuring in the isolated isles. ...more
It seems that other authors have commented on their own books, so I suppose I will do the same, with apologies in advance if that's weird or unsavory. I'll try to be as brief and sincere as possible. Forgive me.
I've always loved "literary" fiction (Nabokov, Borges, and Fitzgerald in particular), although these days, it seems that term has connotations of something that's boring at best, or at worst, inaccessibly high-brow. I've also always enjoyed stories with adventuro ...more
I'm between 4 and 4.5 stars here.
Dane Huckelbridge, look what you made me do!
Sophie is a French architect. She and her new husband, Etienne, have spent the first few days of their honeymoon in Tahiti, and now plan to spend the second leg on of of the Marquesas Islands, specifically the one where the French entertainer Jacques Brel—who is Sophie's favorite singer ever—spent his last days.
Barry is, or until just recently, was, an investment banker in New York. The life he led in high finance isn'
This is storytelling at its finest with a rhythm that never faltered and a style that I found appealing. Sometimes t ...more
I read this novel SO incredibly fast. The story is so beautiful and the writing is EXQUISITE.
Sophie Ducel, a French architect, is on her honeymoon in French Polynesia with her brilliant new husband, Etienne. Sophie wants to visit the island home of her favorite singer, Jacques Brel. The newly married couple ventures off to stay for a couple of days.
Barry Bleecker takes the same trip for a new beginning. He quit his Manhattan job i ...more
The story begins with a plane crash, after a tiny aircraft crashes somewhere in French Polynesia shortly after setting off. The sole survivors are Barry, a guy from New York who has upped and left his job and taken a spur of the moment trip to the area because he loves Ganguin; and Sophie, a French architect who was there on her honeymoon. Sophie’s new husband, Etienne, dies in the crash, along with the pilot.
So I guess this follows a sort ...more
As it happens, I totally dig this elevator pitch. Sign me up for a "survivor at sea" tale any day. Sprinkle in a love story, and I'll bump that book to the top of ...more
At first glance this is not a new story and one that at times almost almost felt too mundane while at other times hovered on the verge of being brilliant.
This is a modern castaway story that kicks off with a plane crash in the middle of nowhere, the only two survivors a mediocre financial sales consultant and a newlywed. They have ...more
Barry Bleecker one day decides to leave his corporate Manhattan job and travel to the grave of his favorite painter, Paul Gau ...more
How do you review something that blew you away? How do you add words to someone's creation that has prose that should be considered illegal? So beautiful that it drips like honey- thick and sweet- teasing and tempting all at once. A beatific message that you want to rush into and away from all at once, like a whitecap on a tortuous sea. One that sends your emotions simultaneously soaring wi ...more
1. A special shout out to Victoria & Roxanne. Their reviews convinced me to dive into this book without hesitation. Thanks gals
2. Similar plot lines had me flashing back to ON THE ISLAND by Tracey Graves, which certainly differed in writing style and voice, but whose book I may have ultimately loved just a bit more than this one because.....
3. Damn! I was right there with Sophie & Barry through all the hunger, danger & hopelessness and then, WTF? Flash forward 12 years? No!!! Dane ...more
Castle of Water was such a sweet little book. I am not usually a fan of romance novels but this book was recommended to me and I thought that I should give it a chance. Fortunately for me, this book had more to love than just romance. I loved reading about how the couple make the island their home. Some of Sophie and Barry's creations seemed a bit fantastical (it is unlikely that an architect and a someone who works ...more
I just don't know how to feel about this one. There are so many loose ends that I need fixing. I've read so many great reviews that I keep thinking... did I read a different book?!?!
What I can say is this... I didn't love the beginning. It took me a little longer (until part 2) to really understand the format and writing style that Huckelbridge was using. Once I got used to it, I was able to read in awe of his literary capabilities. However, I never fully loved the story. I loved Barr ...more
please hold while I finish wiping my eyes and blowing my nose....... (Mary, you didn't warn me!).........
okay, ahem. so, Barry goes down in a tiny plane among the Tahitian islands, along with two other passengers and the pilot. He and newly - married Sophie (whose husband went the way of the pilot) wash up on the same shore. Dane Huckelbridge is an amazing writer. his prose is beautiful without being anywhere near overdone or bourgeoisie. ...more
I don't accept books straight from the author very often as a matter of course. This isn't a snobbish or elitist response, it's quite simply because I don't have the time to read every book or even photograph every book (for my Instagram) and I have to draw the line somewhere. But when CASTLE OF WATER showed up in an email, I was compelled to read it, to need it. There was something about the synopsis and packaging that spoke t ...more
Newly married Sophie is on her way to the last half of an idyllic honeymoon with her husband. Barry just walked away from a lucrative job in a New York finance firm to pursue a career in art, and is traveling to the South Pacific island where Gaugin, his artistic inspiration, once resided. The small plane they are all on crashes into the ocean and Sophie and Barry, the only survivors, find themselves washed up on the shores of a remote and deserted island. There, thes ...more
The story created such a perfect storm, however as a reader I was so well-sheltered that the devastating impact barely touched me. Everything just felt too perfect to fall in love with. It was a story of Barry and Sophie's three-year struggle to survive on a deserted island, but thanks to both of them being master of all trades, the struggles were largely diluted.
The boo ...more
I almost didn’t rate this because I feel awful leaving a bad review. I’m fairly certain this was a case of me not the book. It has many wonderful reviews and I would recommend reading it based on how many other people loved it.
Sadly it did not work for me. I did not like the writing and I had no feelings toward either main character. I hated the way it ended even though it was so obviously coming.
The only part in the entire book that I enjoyed was when Sophie and Barry would imagine wha ...more
I absolutely love the author's writing style. I felt like I was sitting with someone over a glass of fine whiskey and being told a story. It took me until about page 1 ...more
Before we begin, I'll just say this:
Please read this book.
If you trust me, and trust that I will not lead you astray, then please put Castle of Water on hold at the library. Or go right now to your preferred book-buying destination and secure yourself a copy, because this book is going on my top ten list this year and it deserves to be in the hands of more readers.
If that's ...more
Sophie and Barry are sole survivors of a plane wreck that left them one common goal: to survive. Stranded hundreds of miles from civilization, on an island the size of a large city block, the two castaways must reconcile their differences and learn to draw on one another's strengths if they are to have any hope of making it home.
I really liked this story, it is well written and interesting to read. I appreciated how Barry and Sophi ...more