Jacob Have I Loved
The remarkable Newbery-winning classic about a painful sibling rivalry, and one sister’s struggle to make her own way.
"Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated . . ." With her grandmother's taunt, Louise knew that she, like the biblical Esau, was the despised elder twin. Caroline, her selfish younger sister, was the one everyone loved.
Growing up on a tiny Chesapeake Bay...more
It is also embarrassing because it is cloying and whiney.
Louise (nicknamed Wheeze) slumps in the shadowed footsteps of her twin sister, Caroline. Caroline is very clever. Wheeze is not a sexy nickname. She totally eliminated the competition with that strategic strategy. The fam and Caroline, as well as their whole island, love everything about Caroline, a ...more
To judge the book based on that is to completely miss the point of this novel.
No, Sara Louise isn't a pleasant heroine. She is eaten up with neglect, bitterness, jealousy, and it's difficult to tell whether she has more self-loathing or loathing for anything or anyone who isn't herself, at least for childhood through adolescence.
With that said, it is vitally important that ...more
Recently I returned to the book, reading it for the first time as an adult. It was a completely different experience. It became a story about how we pe ...more
Also, I must say, I got a little wigged out when she hu ...more
I guess after going through this, I don't really know what the point was and what it's trying to share with us. It does turn out ok for Wheeze and I don't know. I did love that it takes place ...more
I really don't understand why this received the Newberry. I read it because I felt I had missed something but now I wished I hadn't. Books tend to become part of your soul and this one gave (and continues to give) me the creeps! The most depressing story I've ever read in my life.
20+ years have ...more
It would have been harder to stay away and imagine what people were staying about me than to go and face them.
How could I face a lifetime of passive waiting?
For a moment is our sorrow. Joy forever in the sky.
But to fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another.
Annoyance drove out panic.
But I was not a generous person. I couldn’t afford to be. Call was my only friend. If I gave him up to the Captain, I’d have no one.
She would not fight with ...more
She finds peace, happiness and eventu ...more
I am not saying every story needs to be wrapped up in clean white bows, I am saying that my 13 year old self was not prepared for the grossly overstated cruelty of life presented in this book.
I hate it.
Jacob Have I Loved is a novel by Katherine Paterson that won the 1981 Newbery Medal.
The story takes place during the early 1940s on the small, fictional island of Rass in the Chesapeake Bay. Life on the island revolves around fundamentalist religion, seasonal fishing for crabs and oysters, and the often fulfilling lives of those who "follow the water." While the men lead rugged, dangerous lives, Paterson chooses to focus on the women of the island.
Jacob Have I Loved revolves around t ...more
The book does ...more
That topic could be covered winningly with real humor, perspective or at least some dramatic progression but hardly anything significant happens to the central conflict in the book. Instead, it all kinda p ...more
1) Caroline, her twin sister. Sara Louise is unhappy because Caroline is so happy, so talented, so loved. The reason Sara Louise is unhappy is because Caroline was loved more than her, from birth.
2) Her parents and grandmother. They just don't love Sara Louise. They are ever trying to find ways to give Caroline more privliges, stealing what little Sara Louise has.
3) Call and the Captain. Both, in different ways, cast their ballot with Caroline, not Sara Louise. ...more
I read this book a long time ago, so I can't remember all the deets ... but! I do remember I thought it was sort of ... weird? And pointless. And dumb. Honestly, why do people like this book??
Here's some more stuff I remember:
-Creepy hand fascination.
Further: creepy young girl fascinated with the hands of a creepy old guy who could be her grandfather. So . ...more
Sara Louise (or Wheeze) has lived in her sister's shadow from the moment Caroline was born. She doesn't feel like she's ever anything special and all she's seen as in Caroline's twin. She dreams of beauty and grandeur, but always compares herself to her sister. Sara Louise was not a likable character. She had a lot of griefs and very little confidence in herself. I think that she went through a lot of things that teenagers go through, with the added problem of having a prodigy sister. ...more
I liked the writing style and the story and look forward to reading more Katherine Paterson. I can see why it w ...more
It isn’t often that you read a book as a teen and love it then come back to it as an adult and love it even more. This book is my own personal Catcher in the Rye. Louise gave my adolescent self a voice that I didn’t know I needed.
Synopsis ala Amazon: Louise has had enough of her twin sister. Caroline is beautiful. Caroline is talented. Caroline is better. Growing up on the small island of Rass ...more
Plus one star for addressing hormones and puberty in teen girls.
Minus that star for her sexual feelings to come from a seventy year old man's fingernails.
Minus one star for the relationship between the sisters never being resolved. Especially when Louise is a happily married mother.
Plus one star for the d ...more
Yeah. This was that book.
Again, I still can't figure if I really liked it or not (that's one reason I rated it 3 Stars: right in the middle). The characters are all aggravating (except for a choice few). The story is odd and seemingly random. And the ending was extremely unsatisfactory.
Doesn't sound very good, does it?
Then why the heck was it so gripping? That's my q ...more
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