- Taschenbuch: 320 Seiten
- Verlag: Vintage (3. Februar 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0099546280
- ISBN-13: 978-0099546283
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 2 x 19,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 454.109 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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"Lisa Moore's work is passionate, gritty, lucid and beautiful. She has a great gift" (Anne Enright)
"Moore's wonderful fluidity of approach is noticeable right down to the level of her individual sentences. It has been a joy indeed to discover Lisa Moore" (Daily Telegraph)
"An astonishing writer. She brings to her pages what we are always seeking in fiction and only find in the best of it: a magnetizing gift for revealing how the earth feels, looks, tastes, smells, and an unswerving instinct for what's important in life" (Richard Ford)
"Heart-warming...domestic fiction at its finest... Moore depicts her characters with compassion and respect... Despite the chill of its title, February exudes the warmth and joyousness of a much sunnier world" (Michael Arditti Daily Mail)
"Moore slips [small insights] in so gently you barely feel them, turning a sad story simply told into a minor-key triumph" (Guardian)
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I found it to be an immensely human and moving account of one family; one woman's journey back to life after losing her husband to the Ocean Ranger disaster (sinking of an oil rig off Newfoundland).
I found the style of the novel to be intriguing; the character's thoughts, sometimes disjointed and rambling and spanning different periods of time, very effectively put me into the middle of their lives, their choices, and their pain, in a way that more traditional prose could not. I lived and breathed this story and found it hard to put down. The interspersing of bits of rote activities into the narrative, such as yoga, making dinner, sewing, gave a realism to the story, and as a result, stirred my empathy and connected me to the characters.
So far this is my favourite of this year's Canada Reads choices; and I am thrilled to be introduced to a new author (new to me) that I will continue to follow.
The side of me that loves non-fiction was looking for some more detail on the Ocean Ranger disaster, but I can continue that on the side. This book was about the human impact in miniature; how one family was impacted/torn apart, and how they painfully put themselves back together, so much as was possible.
Set in Newfoundland, the story of Helen and Cal shifts in time. The novel flashes back to their courtship and marriage, shifts to the moment when Helen learns that she has lost her husband, moves forward to her current life as a widow in her mid-fifties. Woven into this is a minor thread: the relationship of Helen's adult son John and Jane, a woman he meets while traveling. The novel is constructed as a series of cameos: Helen and Cal on their honeymoon; Helen listening to her father-in-law describe his identification of Cal's body; Helen being stood up in a bar as she waits for someone she has met through an online dating service. Her life is mundane, but her thoughts are not. Ceaselessly, she retraces the mechanics (which were actually detailed in a government report) of the sinking of the Ocean Ranger: was Cal asleep when it happened? was he playing cards? was he thinking of Helen and his four children? when did he know he was going to die?
While this is a novel about grief, it is also a novel about life. Helen's kids grow up; the bank threatens to take the house; the yoga teacher instructs Helen in mindfulness. The philosophical bent of the novel moves it far away from the genre of commercial women's fiction. It is a novel for anyone who has ever muddled through sorrow, and it well deserves its place on the 2010 Man Booker long list.