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Body Surfing
by Anita Shreve | Literature & Fiction
Registered by LindyLouMac of Tywyn, Wales United Kingdom on 1/11/2011
Average 7 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by Maireen): available

3 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by LindyLouMac from Tywyn, Wales United Kingdom on Tuesday, January 11, 2011

7 out of 10

I have read five other novels written by Anita Shreve since 2003 when I first discovered I liked this authors descriptive style of writing. Although in this instance I could have done without quite as much detail of exactly what people were wearing.

This novel is divided into three sections covering the periods of 2002, 2003 and then finishing up with 2005. The protagonist is Sydney Sklar divorced then widowed, although still only twenty nine years old. Whilst trying to come to terms with what she wants to do with the rest of her life, she takes a job as a tutor. The position is at a beach house in New Hampshire the summer home of Mark and Anna Edwards, where her job is to coach their daughter Julie for her final year at school. Sydney neither feels like a servant or a member of the family, as Anna and Edward both regard her in a completely different manner. I was never completely sure either how Julie regarded Sydney. The dynamic of the household is changed completely when the two older sons, Jeff and Ben arrive to spend their summer at the beach house. It is their arrival that defines all that happens from then on. At times the plot felt a little disjointed, maybe as it concentrates on the emotions of the characters rather than the particular episodes.

At one time during the novel Sydney reminisces on the history of the house, which confirmed my thoughts that this is the very same beach house mentioned in the earlier novels, The Pilot's Wife, Fortune's Rocks and Sea Glass. A clever touch to choose to have a house rather a person as a recurring theme. Sydney feels that in comparison to the past history of the house, that what has happened to her there is inconsequential, compared to plane crashes, murder, unwed mothers and a war.

It is not a fast paced novel but that is normal for Anita Shreve’s emotional style as is the the way that she leaves us at the end of the novel with not all our questions answered.

Journal Entry 2 by LindyLouMac at In Person, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Sunday, January 23, 2011

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Journal Entry 3 by Melamura at Montefiascone, Lazio Italy on Monday, July 25, 2011

7 out of 10

This is the first book by Anita Shreve that I have read, and I have to say that I find her writing style a little strange. I agree with LindyLouMac that there did seem to be a lot of description of the clothing (strangely) - probably to pad out the novel a bit. The story was OK but not fantastic, I'm not sure I would hurry to read another of her titles. 

Journal Entry 4 by Maireen at Viterbo, Lazio Italy on Sunday, September 11, 2011

8 out of 10

Thanks co-bookcrosser for passing this to me last week. Have read and enjoyed Anita Shreve before. Body Surfing was a nice weekend read . . the only 'Sydney' I've come across before in my life is my niece's dog - and he's a boy! 

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