I loved this book. I was not a particular fan of Eowyn Ivey's first book, The Snow Child, but this book really enthralled me. I have a soft spot anywaI loved this book. I was not a particular fan of Eowyn Ivey's first book, The Snow Child, but this book really enthralled me. I have a soft spot anyway for exploration novels, especially sea yarns, mountain climbing and wilderness exploration, with a touch of "Heart of Darkness" awareness. This was right up my alley. I love lying back on my couch and following people as they go through all sorts of hardships, privation, and danger. This book followed several explorers as they went up the Wolverine River in Alaska on a mapping mission. As the new scientific world of explorers penetrate this untouched area, bringing the inevitable future change, they experience the mystery and spirituality of the world they are necessarily destroying. Meanwhile, back in the world, his wife awaits his return while learning to use a camera to record the birds she has devoted her life to studying. This book, along with We, the Drowned, made this a banner year for me. I highly recommend this wonderful book....more
I really enjoyed this book. I read it for my Art Book Club, which meets tomorrow, and I am expecting that few will like it as much as I did. It was noI really enjoyed this book. I read it for my Art Book Club, which meets tomorrow, and I am expecting that few will like it as much as I did. It was not at all what I expected.
Written by poet Molly Peacock, I was at first thrown by her language, which seemed overblown. However, as I got into the book, I started to enjoy Peacock's language. The book tells the life story of Mary Delany, a well-born Englishwoman who lived from 1700 to 1788. She came up with the idea of making botanical collages from hand colored paper, starting her life's work at 72. I love historical biographies to begin with. Then, in a very interesting concept, the author takes one piece of her artwork to head up each portion of the book which tells of a phase of Mrs. D.'s life. The author must have searched forever through the 985 pieces of Mrs. D.'s work to find just the right flower to illustrate the specific period of her life. Her interpretation of the symbolism of each plant and how Mrs. D. chose to render it are very deep, seeing, I am sure, much more in them than Mrs D. intended to put into them. To add to the complexity of this book, Ms. Peacock gets autobiographical, comparing her own 20th century life to Mrs. D.'s. She also sketches other people who pass through the book, such as her own mother and her contemporary, a descendant of the artist who wrote a book about her ancestor. A lovely book, and a real surprise.....more
October 2017 -- My second reading was as magical as the first, which took place more than 30 years ago. I loved the book from beginning to end. And, hOctober 2017 -- My second reading was as magical as the first, which took place more than 30 years ago. I loved the book from beginning to end. And, having gotten to know some corgis in the meantime, I appreciate Edward more as the suppressed side of Macon's nature.
This was my first Anne Tyler book. I completely fell in love with in and started reading all of her books. She had a lot of books that had not achieved the popularity of The Accidental Tourist, so I had a lot to work through....more