Where the Crawdads Sing

by Delia Owens | e-Books |
ISBN: 0735219117 Global Overview for this book
Registered by kiki66 of Gauting, Bayern Germany on 11/9/2020
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Journal Entry 1 by kiki66 from Gauting, Bayern Germany on Monday, November 9, 2020
For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life--until the unthinkable happens.

Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

Journal Entry 2 by kiki66 at Gauting, Bayern Germany on Monday, November 9, 2020
I found this book by accident while browsing suggestions for what to read. Otherwise I don't think I would have stumbled across it. Which surely would have been a loss for I really liked this book.
Quite an unusual story (for me?) but once I got into it I couldn't stop. I wasn't aware of the "Marsh People" so I found this topic quite fascinating. I really fell for Kya (though I still don't know how to pronounce that properly ;-)) and her story. I hated that they all left her and the one to whom she finally opens betrayed her. So to answer one of these questions at the end of the book: Yes! by all means I would have acted the same way as Tate!

Journal Entry 3 by kiki66 at Gauting, Bayern Germany on Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Ring:
1. earthcaroleanne (UK/UK)
2. Sparkish (UK/UK/EU)
3. Poodlesister (UK/EU)
4. greenbadger (UK/int)
5. Mecu (FIN/EU)
6. Icila (F/Int)
7. Edwardstreet (NZ/int)
8. penelopewanders (please ask where she is at the moment ;-)/EU)
9. sedna5213 (D/EU)
10. Andrasthe (A/EU)
11. Mankyi (CH/EU)
12. jkap (CH)

back home to Kiki please!

Journal Entry 4 by kiki66 at Gauting, Bayern Germany on Tuesday, November 17, 2020
on its way to Scotland -
enjoy!

Journal Entry 5 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, November 20, 2020
Arrived today. Thank you.

Journal Entry 6 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, November 27, 2020
Thank you for sending this book out. I have not read many books I've really enjoyed this year so glad to get this one. It is a captivating read with two simultaneous timelines. The earlier one stretching over the years from 1952 onwards and the second starting at 1969. The first line gradually catches up with the second which I found strangely exciting. I have never been to North Carolina but it was effortless to imagine thanks to the descriptive prose giving us a valuable insight into the scenery and wildlife of the region. The writing also has calmness to it which I suspect you would find in the marsh.

Journal Entry 7 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Fleckney, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Saturday, November 28, 2020

Released 1 yr ago (11/30/2020 UTC) at Fleckney, Leicestershire United Kingdom

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Sending on in the bookring.

Journal Entry 8 by wingSparkishwing at Fleckney, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Monday, December 7, 2020
Received today. Thank you for sending

Journal Entry 9 by wingSparkishwing at Fleckney, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Thursday, December 31, 2020
What a great end to my reading year! This started rather slowly for me but quickly gathered pace. I was convinced I had worked everything out, but I was wrong and the ending knocked me sideways! I loved it. Thanks for sharing 😊

Will travel on as soon as I can get to the post office.

Journal Entry 10 by wingSparkishwing at Fleckney, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Thursday, December 31, 2020

Released 1 yr ago (12/31/2020 UTC) at Fleckney, Leicestershire United Kingdom

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Heading over to Poodlesister. Enjoy! X

Journal Entry 11 by wingPoodlesisterwing at Walthamstow, Greater London United Kingdom on Monday, January 4, 2021
Thanks for sending on the book and for the card and BC bookplates. I will read it and send it on to greenbadger with a 2020 Favourites Roundabout book!

Journal Entry 12 by wingPoodlesisterwing at Walthamstow, Greater London United Kingdom on Friday, January 22, 2021
Beautifully written. I loved it.

Journal Entry 13 by wingPoodlesisterwing at Bookring, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom on Friday, January 22, 2021

Released 1 yr ago (1/25/2021 UTC) at Bookring, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom

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Will be travelling to greenbadger next time I visit the post office.

Join UK Bookcrossers at the Newcastle Unconvention from 1st-3rd October 2021

Journal Entry 14 by winggreenbadgerwing at St Albans, Hertfordshire United Kingdom on Monday, February 1, 2021
It's arrived, thank you very much! It seems to be in the nature of ray books that they always arrive in groups. :)

Journal Entry 15 by winggreenbadgerwing at St Albans, Hertfordshire United Kingdom on Thursday, February 11, 2021
Abandoned by her family to fend for herself at a very early age, Kya grows up a creature of the marshes. Shunned by the community, she survives on the fringes, a lonely existence - closer to the gulls than to any human being. Only when Tate, a boy who lives nearby, gives her a beautiful feather, does she start to open up to human contact. But as Kya gets older another young man in the village starts to take an interest in her too. In parallel, the story of the police investigation several years later into the murder of the handsome and popular Chase Andrews unfolds. This interspersed thread of suspense adds tension into the beautiful and poetic story told by Kya's love of the natural world. This is a wonderful book, I'm really glad I read it.

Journal Entry 16 by winggreenbadgerwing at St Albans, Hertfordshire United Kingdom on Saturday, February 13, 2021

Released 11 mos ago (2/13/2021 UTC) at St Albans, Hertfordshire United Kingdom

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Sent to Mecu who is next in the ring.

Journal Entry 17 by wingMecuwing at Hämeenlinna, Kanta-Häme / Egentliga Tavastland Finland on Saturday, February 27, 2021
The book has arrived in Finland, thanks!

Journal Entry 18 by wingMecuwing at Hämeenlinna, Kanta-Häme / Egentliga Tavastland Finland on Tuesday, April 6, 2021
"What d'ya mean, where the crawdads sing? Ma used to say that." Kya remembered Ma always encouraging her to explore the marsh: "Go as far as you can - way out yonder where the crawdads sing."
"Just means far in the bush where critters are wild, still behaving like critters."

Kya is an abandoned child, her whole family walks out from her life, leaving her alone to survive the harsh marsh. Living alone is all she knows, so she survives. The marsh and its wildlife is her family, but there are other people, too, invading. Can she trust them and let them in her life, or will she be abandoned again?

This is a story of survival, loneliness, love, coming-of-age, murder, marsh, art, knowledge - all in one book.

Journal Entry 19 by wingMecuwing at By mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Released 9 mos ago (4/13/2021 UTC) at By mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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Finally on its way to the next reader when I've got the chance to go to the mail office. Safe travels!

Journal Entry 20 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Thursday, April 22, 2021
Driving in the country by a beautiful spring morning I spotted my mailman's van and bingo he gave me this so waited for book.
Thank you mecu for sending and kiki for sharing, hello to everybody in between.

Journal Entry 21 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Thursday, May 6, 2021
As for so many internationally praised books I was a little afraid to be disappointed but no. Here is a great novel. On many levels.
For me the best part was the meticulous description of the marsh life.
First novel but not first book for this author who is a wildlife scientist.
The conversation with Delia Owens at the end of the book is worth reading. I'm way too old to become a biologist but this book could be inspirational for our young people.
A good story to boot.
Thank you for sharing kiki.

Journal Entry 22 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Friday, May 7, 2021

Released 8 mos ago (5/7/2021 UTC) at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France

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On its way to Down-Under. Enjoy !

Journal Entry 23 by wingEdwardstreetwing at Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on Monday, May 24, 2021
Will read ASAP and then send on its way. Thank you.

Released 8 mos ago (5/27/2021 UTC) at —- by hand, post, or courier in Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand

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What a pleasure this was. Although the plot was improbable the portrayal of the natural world was delightful. Off to the next reader.

Journal Entry 25 by wingpenelopewanderswing at Saint-Loup-des Vignes, Centre France on Thursday, June 17, 2021
Quick trip over from New Zealand, all things considered... I look forward to getting to this one, although the rings and rays seem to be racing each other to my door these days, so it will just have to go at the back of the line. Not to mention a bookclub book which has been relatively slow going so far but which I'm hoping will eventually give me more impetus to turn the pages...
Thanks so much for sending, everyone, and for making it available, Kiki!

Journal Entry 26 by wingpenelopewanderswing at Saint-Loup-des Vignes, Centre France on Friday, July 30, 2021
This is here as a bookcrossing ring - with strict instructions that it really has to make it home at the end of the ring and not wander off somewhere as some rings do. (sadly- otherwise they would be labelled as rays, but I am digressing).

I really wasn't sure what to expect, although other people I knew had read and enjoyed this. Typically, I did not read any blurbs or back covers or reviews, so had no idea what I was plunging into.
The concept of the marsh sheltering outcasts, pirates, escaped slaves etc was not new to me (thanks, among other things, to a lot of historical romance reading...), but the situation here is not romanticised.
I found the story moving and intense... well-written and evocative but in ways hard to read. The everyday racism and prejudice, the clumsy cruelty and at the same time the awkwardness and ineptitude inherent in puberty... Not always an easy read.
I was relieved by the end but also very sad. I am glad of the opportunity to have read it.
I have read it in Mallorca, but will post it on its way once I am further north. From experience, it is very expensive to ship books from Spain!

Journal Entry 27 by wingpenelopewanderswing at Beaune-la-Rolande, Centre France on Saturday, September 4, 2021

Released 4 mos ago (9/4/2021 UTC) at Beaune-la-Rolande, Centre France

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Back from Mallorca where it was read (also by a few other people, all of whom enjoyed it, none of whom are bookcrossers, grrrr), this has journeyed up to France by ferry and car.
Now it heads off to Germany.
Enjoy!
Thanks Kiki for making this super book available. I hope everyone has had a happy, healthy summer!

Journal Entry 28 by wingsedna5213wing at Charlottenburg, Berlin Germany on Thursday, September 9, 2021
The book just arrived. Thanks a lot for sending it (and the beautiful card) over penelopewanders and kiki66 for sharing it. Am very curious to read this book.
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I don't have anything to add to what has already been said. A great read!

Journal Entry 29 by wingsedna5213wing at Charlottenburg, Berlin Germany on Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Released 4 mos ago (9/29/2021 UTC) at Charlottenburg, Berlin Germany

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The book is now on its way to the next reader. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 30 by Andrasthe at Klagenfurt, Kärnten Austria on Friday, October 8, 2021
Received today.
Thank you very much.

---------------------------------------------------------------------- update:

With this book I felt like I was standing outside on the street looking into a crowded café with people all happily voicing their excitement with this brilliant story. What had I missed? What the heck did I not get?

Had “Where the crawdads sing” not been recommended so forcefully, praised so highly, I would have read it as another nice novel for the beach. It contained beautiful descriptions of the marsh, the land and its animals, some flora as well. It was sad and sweet and entertaining. What if characters were inconsistent, vague or cliched to the point of insult, what if the plot was wonderous at best… But with all the critical acclaim it got, being compared to Mark Twain’s literature and what not – I have to say NO.

I can suspend my disbelief and choose to accept that Kya grows up in the marsh by herself. I can choose to believe that somehow she becomes this raging beauty, who without basic hygiene or access to - let’s say - a dentist, is flawless even bringing the all-American quarterback prince charming under her spell . I can choose to ignore that she behaves like a wild animal except when it is convenient not to and I can even get over most of the reading business and abrupt linguistic changes – but the amount of disbelief I’d need to buy the whole bus schedule premediated murder scheme is simply too much.

This whole solution is given so haphazardly, it is so out of character that I have to either revaluate all of Kya’s narrations as she clearly has to be an unreliable narrator who has so much more knowledge of civilisation and logistics as she leads on or I have to assume the author was so unsure of the direction of her story that she had to deconstruct a big part of her main character in the end to finish the exploration into the crime genre. Her initial idea of recounting Kya’s life in the marsh might not have seemed exciting enough? I don’t see the coherence. It doesn’t make sense to me.

“Where the crawdads sing” wants to be a survival novel, a coming-of-age novel, a romance novel, a crime novel and serve social commentary on top. Unfortunately it is none of these things to a point where I would declare it a (literary) masterpiece.

Journal Entry 31 by Andrasthe at Klagenfurt, Kärnten Austria on Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Released 2 mos ago (11/2/2021 UTC) at Klagenfurt, Kärnten Austria

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To Switzerland :)

Journal Entry 32 by wingMankyiwing at Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Friday, November 5, 2021
Received the book today, thank you! ( and thanks for the BC label, Andrasthe!)
We're reading it for a book club this month, so the book came to me at just the perfect time!

UPDATE: I really did not expect the story to be so captivating! Kya was abandoned by her family in the marshes in North Carolina - she was rejected by her own family and the society, but, against all odds, she survived. The only solace she could find was the beautiful marshes that surround her. Unexpected friendships and love connections form and break, but in the end, Kya stays true to her wild nature.

Journal Entry 33 by wingMankyiwing at Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Released 2 mos ago (11/18/2021 UTC) at Zürich, Zürich Switzerland

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Leaving the book in my mail box for jkap


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Journal Entry 34 by jkap at Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Thursday, November 18, 2021
Picked this book up from a fellow bookcrosser on my way home from work. Looking forward to starting this one on the train ride home! Thanks for the labels :)

Journal Entry 35 by jkap at Winterthur, Zürich Switzerland on Thursday, November 25, 2021
What a lovely book. Very much enjoyed this read and the authors amazing description of the marsh.

Journal Entry 36 by jkap at Winterthur, Zürich Switzerland on Monday, December 6, 2021

Released 1 mo ago (12/7/2021 UTC) at Winterthur, Zürich Switzerland

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Posted this with a little delay. The book is on its way home :)

Journal Entry 37 by jkap at Winterthur, Zürich Switzerland on Monday, December 6, 2021

Released 1 mo ago (12/7/2021 UTC) at Winterthur, Zürich Switzerland

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Posted this with a little delay. The book is on its way home :)

Journal Entry 38 by kiki66 at Gauting, Bayern Germany on Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Hello everybody - thank you for taking good care of this book - it really made a journey across the globe!
Now it back again and can relax on my shelf.

And Danke Dir jkap for the chocolate! much appreciated ;-)

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