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Blue Field

3.15  ·  Rating details ·  20 ratings  ·  5 reviews
When her friend Jane dies while exploring an underwater cave with her husband Rand, Marilyn takes up diving again, to honor—and outdo—her late friend. Marilyn drags Rand with her as she increasingly pushes herself far past her limits and skill level, endangering them both in their private underwater version of hell.

Recalling the best of Mary Gaitskill and Lidia Yuknavitch,
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Paperback, 200 pages
Published May 16th 2017 by Biblioasis
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Joseph Schreiber
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Brilliant, unforgiving story of a woman desperately spinning through grief, caught up in the world of risk-taking divers, intent on pushing herself beyond her limits to prove she is alive. The language is exceptional; Levine balances stunning poetic turns of phrase against a harsh, intense narrative as her protagonist, and the relationships around her, unravels under the strain of a series of devastating losses.
A longer critical review will be published at the end of November.
J. Robinson
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
No one writes like Elise Levine. Her style is distinctive, her language both beautiful and careful, her ability to submerge the reader in her work unlike anyone else's. In Blue Field this reader entered an unfamiliar world--of scuba diving, of particular loss, of the human heart struggling. Down, down the reader goes, deep down, then rises again to the surface spent, and thoughtful, and changed. Levine takes us into Marilyn's heart and mind and experiences in a way that is both deeply moving and ...more
TheDragonThatReadsALot
If there is one reason to read this book, it's the writing style. Unique among authors I read before, I found it to be very lyrical; flowing like the shades of blue our main character sees over the course of the novel. Despite that, I didn't really enjoy the overall plot of the story itself, and while the detailed descriptions of deep diving were realistic, over time I found the whole experience to be quite fatiguing. Worth a read, but not as thrilling as I expected it to be.
Dana
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Vivid, feverish prose.
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Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Virginia Woolf and Christine Schutt got hitched, and Blue Field is their child. To stretch the metaphor: I love this kid.

In the sonic impact of each line, Schutt echoes. The ability to capture simultaneous moments of consciousness cries Woolf. Example: "The breeze sifted the needles on a stand of spindly pine. A tourist trading post then a gas station emerged by the side of the road--tricks, she thought. Ruses to convince her the truck wasn't rolling in place while the surround peeled like rind.
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