the brainchild of the very talented Jain from
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Sena Jeter Naslund
This was a sometimes overwhelming read but I'm giving it 4 1/2 stars anyway!
By using a few characters from the classic novel, Moby Dick,
Sena Jeter Naslund weaves the story of the life of Una,
wife of Captain Ahab, into an epic novel.
The beginning of Una's life is told as a flashback.
She was born in Kentucky, the only daughter of a tyrannical father.
She is sent away for her own protection, to live with her mother's sister for several years as
part of her New England lighthouse-keeping family.
Later, disguised as a boy, she manages to get hired on a whaling ship where she encounters the power of nature, death & madness.
She also gets her first glimpse of Captain Ahab.
Some of the things that happen to her during her time at sea
haunt her for the remainder of her life.
As you might expect, with the story line taking place in New England, there was lots of talk of chowder!
You’ve got to have oyster crackers to go with it, right?
I confess, I cheated & bought the soup instead of making it from scratch.
I do have a wonderful recipe which I’ll share soon but for today’s book review, Legal Sea Foods helped save the day!
During one point in her life, after she marries Ahab & he goes back out to sea, much of Una's time is spent with
a judge who lives across the street.
Elegant dinner parties were held at his home using exquisite Irish china & crystal.
I felt that some characters were unnecessary in this book &
only removed focus from the story, thus my reason for not giving it 5 stars.
Ms. Naslund writes in a style that requires the reader to
pay close attention & "listen" carefully.
Her style of writing is wonderful, creating vivid mental images with her descriptions.
It requires an investment of your time & energy &
is a just wee bit tedious at intervals.
I frequently told my husband
"I'm going to finish this if it kills me!"
I would recommend this book for those who like historical fiction.
However, if you are looking for an easy, simple read, this probably isn’t the book for you.
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