“This book started off slow for me, but once the plot took hold, I was sucked in. Dillard's story tells of the love between a couple, as it ebbs and flows throughout their lives. To me, it seems hazy, ephemeral, like life itself. Dillard doesn't focus too deeply on the motivations of her characters, instead choosing to paint the world around them. This leaves the reader with plenty of room to think, and consider for themselves. Overall, an excellent work.
One note, I think I have a decent vocabulary, but it's no match for Dillard's! I found myself turning to a dictionary repeatedly, for a lot of ocean-related words, as well as a few others. Have a dictionary handy.”
“Written amazingly. Couldn't connect to the characters. Avoided being sentimental but became detached. ”Christian K wrote this review Monday, February 28, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I read this book pretty quickly, which was something I couldn't do with Pilgrim at Tinker Creek—the last (and only other) Annie Dillard book I read. I will not go into my ecstatic praise of PaTC here, except to say that it is a masterpiece and because I loved it so much it probably made my disappointment with this one more acute than it otherwise would have been. The language of this books is nice and poetic, but it is rarely beautiful and/or sublime which I know Dillard is capable of. I wasn't a fan of the story either, which didn't help. I disliked half the characters for behaving totally selfishly, and the other half of the characters for not having the self-respect to demand better treatment. If the book were trying to make some great selfless plea for forgiveness and love, that would be great. I didn't get that at all. I felt like Lou was abandoned and betrayed and then sat around for twenty years waiting to lovingly kiss the feet of the jerk who walked out on her and his mistress as soon as they needed help. The tone of the book was never as serious as its content, I felt, and it lost me in that disconnect.”Joel wrote this review Monday, February 28, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Quiet & perceptive, like watching the characters from a great distance even when you're in their heads. My favorite line, not exactly verbatim, "She moved like an iceberg, the queer sort at which dogs bark." Odd. A love story all chopped up & broken. Kind of painful, really.
“Microcosm, macrocosm, earth, sea and sky, and human relationships. Poetic on audio.”joyhog wrote this review Monday, December 13, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“One of my friends kept saying, "You have GOT to read this book, you've just GOT to read this book." Well I spent half of vacation reading it and being mad because I just wanted to read fluff. It was good, but I didn't really want to think about what I was reading...I just wanted to veg. Thought provoking.”Mary Sue R wrote this review Tuesday, September 14, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A gentle novel.”Cathy H wrote this review Sunday, August 29, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A favorite quote (character Lou):
In the past few years she let go her ties to people she did not like, to ironing, to dining out in town, and to buying things not necessary and that themselves needed care. She ignored whatever did not interest her. With those blows she opened her days like a pinata. A hundred freedoms fell on her. She hitched free years to her lifespan like a kit tail. Everyone envied her the time she had, not noticing that they had equal time.”
“my dad gave me this book. interesting read. quite a strange twist. a relationship gone way bad...”janine r wrote this review Friday, August 20, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No