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10 thoughts on “Sea Hearts

  1. says:

    ‘’Rollrock is a lonely island of cliffs and storms blunt fishermen and their fierce wives Life is hard for the families who must wring a poor living from the stormy seas But Rollrock is also a place of magic’’When I read and

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    If you have any expectations of what this book will be like based on the cover throw them away You won't find a dreamy romantic fairy tale retelling here It's like this type of crazy business going onRecipe for a twisted dark fairy tale 1 One crazy witch2 Stupid men who think with the wrong head3 Seals I'm being serious the actua

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    There’s no uestion in my mind that this book is brilliantly written I’ve been consistently impressed and moved by Marg

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    45 stars”Was she beautiful the sea maid? Fair strange Doris had said and I thought that was a fine assessment Fair strange I think that’s a fine assessment of Sea Hearts too beautiful in or for its unusualnessIt’s proving extremely difficult to review Sea Hearts titled The Brides of Rollrock Island in the US in isolation and not hold it up against Lanagan’s previous novel Tender Morsels Though I read the latte

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    The Brides of Rollrock Island is one of those novels that left me with the thought that there is no possible word in the English language that could even attempt to summon up the strange ethereal and mystifying experience that is chronicled in this book As my first venture into Lanagan’s world I have to admit that Bride

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    The back of the book says we see the deepest of human cruelty but also of love Wrong there is no love in this bookIf you like the last episode of Twin Peaks you'll like this book That's not exactly a good thing This novel takes 'cerebral' to a whole other degreeFirst off there's a difference between throwing yo

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    45 StarsMelancholy If I had to capture Margo Lanagan’s The Brides of Rollrock Island in one word melancholy would be the one Melancholy is sad but also thoughtful; beautiful and heartbreaking–as was this tale The Brides of Rollrock Island isn’t a streamlined book Told from six varying points of view our tale begins in the middle reverses to the beginning and moves forward to the end with a motion that indicates that this is a story th

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    When you read a Margo Lanagan book you expect it to both confuse and enthrall you And THE BRIDES OF ROLLROCK ISLAND delivers that head spinning

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    I got this on audio from AudioBookSync Wow this book is weird There's something peculiarly haunting about selkie folklore I can picture a careworn exhausted mother telling the story to her daughter Once the women could swim free before they were robbed of their skins I can see a father still mourning the loss of his wif

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    This is my first Lanagan but by no means will it be my last From the very words chosen to the way they’d been woven together the feel of this is long and lush dense and at times too much Everything is so specifically and skillfully put togeth

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D And the witch will have her true paymentMargo Lanagan weaves an extraordinary tale of desire despair and transformation With devastatingly beautiful prose she reveals characters capable of unspeakable cruelty but also unspoken lov. I got this on audio from AudioBookSync Wow this book is weird There s something peculiarly haunting about selkie folklore I can picture a careworn exhausted mother telling the story to her daughter Once the women could swim free before they were robbed of their skins I can see a father still mourning the loss of his wife from childbirth telling it to his young son The women don t want to leave their husbands and children but they re torn and the sea is in their nature and someday they must return to it The symbolism of the story is so very direct when the man sees the selkie women carefree and beautiful and happy he is enchanted and his enchantment uickly turns to acuisitive lust He steals a skin and thereby imprisons the maiden turning her from a creature of the wild seas to an obedient wife He keeps her skin her agency locked away and without it she is utterly dependent upon him unable to leave unfit to seek the freedom of the ocean But since this is a fairy tale the skin cannot remain hidden forever When the selkie gets it back she abandons not only her greedy husband but usually her children as well Is this too a metaphor An attempt to explain to a child why a mother might leave either through death or by her own volition And which is the happy ending I suppose it depends upon who is telling the story But anyway Lanagan took a different path While the theme of selkie freedom is of course intrinsic to the story she leaves the agency metaphor alone In fact despite a massive narrative cast the only set of characters who are never given voices are the selkies themselves Throughout the story they remain mute stripped of self expression along with their skins The oddest aspect of Lanagan s version and the part I can t wrap my mind around is that in her story the root cause of all the evil is a wicked witch In the end the men may be weak for bowing to temptation but since there are evil spells involved they must not be all that bad for imprisoning the selkies forcing them into marriage effectively raping them and ignoring their overwhelming depression Clearly it s all the fault of that wicked female witch There s an overarching theme of evil begetting evil after all we get to see how the evil witch becomes an evil witch but I couldn t help but feel that her presence trivializes things a bit Or maybe not Maybe Lanagan doesn t see temptation as an excuse I suppose it s all down to interpretation I m not sure it s something I would have picked up myself but I definitely found Sea Hearts a thought provoking read

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On remote Rollrock Island men go to sea to make their livings and to catch their wivesThe witch Misskaella knows the way of drawing a girl from the heart of a seal of luring the beauty out of the beast And for a price a man may buy. If you have any expectations of what this book will be like based on the cover throw them away You won t find a dreamy romantic fairy tale retelling here It s like this type of crazy business going onRecipe for a twisted dark fairy tale 1 One crazy witch2 Stupid men who think with the wrong head3 Seals I m being serious the actual sea creatures4 Blank eyed women who are willing to serve their men Stepford Wife style Confused yet Trust me I was confused for the first couple of chapters Once I started figuring out what was going on I found myself disturbingly aroused uh scared uh interested Basically this nasty crazy witch woman can call up seals and cut them open These seals then pop out these extremely sensual looking women who are willing to cling to the first person they seebond with Yes it s like mail order brides except of a local affair Needless to say the men were ALL over this trend Islander number 1 Hey Frank you got your hot seal wife yet Mine cooks me dinner every night before doing the naked tango with me Islander number 2 Nah The dumb witch wants money than I can afford I m putting in extra hours down at the docks so I can get me a slave soon Think there s a catch Of course there is That s where the story takes a turnI loved this book but I can honestly say that it won t be for everyone It does take a couple of chapters to get to the point where you feel sucked in Because of the confusing and almost dreary start I could see how some people are going to jump ship before the story gets to a point where you want to keep going because you re bizarrely fascinated with this twisted beautiful and disturbing world I was glad that I stuck with Brides of Rollrock Island because I love books that stray outside of the realm of normal Anything that isn t cookie cutter tends to earn extra marks from meThis author is shelved as YA but I found this book to read like an Adult historical fic wa sprinkling of magical realism Basically a modern albeit dark and grown up fairy tale

Read & Download ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Þ Margo Lanagan

Himself a lovely sea wife He may have and hold and keep her And he will tell himself that he is her master But from his first look into those wide uestioning liuid eyes he will be just as transformed as she He will be eually ensnare. The Brides of Rollrock Island is one of those novels that left me with the thought that there is no possible word in the English language that could even attempt to summon up the strange ethereal and mystifying experience that is chronicled in this book As my first venture into Lanagan s world I have to admit that Brides simply blew me away leaving me utterly breathless It is a slow intriguing tale that often reminded me of Darwin s An Origin of Species since in many ways Lanagan seems to be recording the evolution of the magic on Rollrock Island through her multiple PoVs characters and generations Brides is a story that sucks you in from the very first page and just keeps sucking the emotions feelings and deepest desires of your soul right out until you close the last page a secret smile upon your face as your mind is a little intelligent your heart a little accepting and your world a little different than ever before It is difficult to properly summarize The Brides of Rollrock Island in any way that could possibly do it justice or cease to reveal one too many spoilers It is suffice I hope to say that much like Stiefvater s The Scorpio Races is a tale of the island of Thisby and its deadly water horses Brides is a tale of Rollrock Island a mystical island on which seals loiter about giving way to the legend of beautiful brides emerging from these seals only to pine for the ocean every waking hour they spend away from it It is on this island that Misskaella is born to a family like any other except for the stark difference that a generation s buried affinity for magic has been successfully suppressed until the birth of Misskaella herself It is these two seemingly un similar occurrences a forgotten legend and the birth of a woman with magical abilities that spark the story arc of Brides Within her latest novel Lanagan weaves a complex tale of carefully extracted revenge using seven different PoV s to transition between past present and future woman child and man Each PoV is uniue different and surprisingly deep As each one unfolds the overarching arc of the novel becomes clearer and clearer as Lanagan carefully peels back the intricate layers of her world its psychology its people and its world in and of itself The Brides of Rollrock Island is not a tale of happiness but neither is it one of despair If anything it is bittersweet at its finest a blend of subtle joy sprinkled amongst a sea of troubles injustices and unfairness s Yet at its core it is a beautiful and touching story one that gives strength lends hope and leaves you thinking for hours afterwards The Brides of Rollrock Island despite being a story of revenge is not a story that puts blame on any one person or group of people In fact Lanagan masterfully weaves her story in such a way that it is impossible to tell right from wrong All we are able to glean from this novel at the end is that its course was inevitable Any one of us if thrown into the positions of these characters would have mostly likely reacted the same way making this a strangely believably tale Further the undertone of doom of history living on to repeat itself again and again of men falling prey to the beauty that is beheld by eyes and not the heart or mind to women falling prey to trust of men who woo them with words of children falling prey to the prejudices of their parentsall this is within human nature and its cycle will repeat itself and the events that occur on Rollrock are all bound to occur yet again in another hundred years or so If anything it is this theme of being unable to control one s fate that is so aptly felt Yet the subtle undertones of this novel indicate otherwise Whether it be the women of Rollrock Island who have the strength and courage to leave her husbands who want beautiful sea wives to a new life in a foreign town or the children of the sea wives who find it in themselves to defy the fathers they look up to and grant their mothers the happiness they seek or whether it is the witch of Rollrock herself who finds a way to love and happiness despite her estrangement from society which was granted to her based solely on her appearance and gift of magic she couldn t control The Brides of Rollrock Island is full of characters who take fate into their own hands Of characters who decide to mold what they want from life despite what circumstances have thrown at them It may be a story of aching sadness and despair but it is also a novel of so much strength and hope and courage that one cannot help but come away from it an inspired individual Nevertheless what I loved most about The Brides of Rollrock Island is without a doubt its ending For once here is a novel that starts out strong builds and keeps getting better and ends with the strongest note of all If there is such a thing as a perfect novel it is probably this one as its prose is beautiful its story mesmerizing its characters three dimensional and its capacity to make you open your mind and think and revel and accept is simple astounding I just cannot recommend this novel enough It is a story that will stick with me for a long time to come and one that I will undoubtedly return to in a matter of years confident that I will come away from it with even knowledge uestions wisdom and mind blown than ever before If you choose to read just one Margo Lanagan novel or one Aussie Fantasy or just one book let it be this one It lacks the capacity to disappoint trust me You can read this review and on my blog Ivy Book Bindings