The Mariner's Star

by Candida Clark | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0755301013 Global Overview for this book
Registered by aNorthernLight of Bremen, Bremen Germany on 6/1/2006
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3 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by aNorthernLight from Bremen, Bremen Germany on Thursday, June 01, 2006
An exquisite novel. From the opening lines, The Mariner`s Star seizes and holds you by the force of its writing, with startling, vital images on every page and the musical rhythms of the prose...
How and why did the fisherman die? Why is his wife following him? Does she intend to kill herself? What kind of relief or state of grace is she prusuing? The Mariner's Star is a love story and, like all great love stories, a death story...

The novel's cumulative effect is emotionally rocking. The writing is so evocative that to read it feels like being inside a painting...

This is a book about which I can't quite make up my mind. It did touch me deeply in part but than again there are so many points that I couldn't agree with. For me, the sea is not to feared and going out to sea is not in the sense of conquering fear. The sea is to be respected and it is for me the ulitmate possibility of getting in touch with nature. Is fear a part of respect? Can you respect something which you don't fear? Maybe not, but if you let fear get the dominant aspect than everything else is lost... And this is the point where for the narrator love gets into the picture...

I found the mix of a love story, a story of a live and the relationship to the sea most interesting. Sometimes I didn't like the wording chosen as it is often very poetically-descriptive. But then again this makes part of the fascination...

I'm curious what others think about it.

Travels on with the Seefahrt-Bookbox.

Journal Entry 2 by Susammelsurium from Hamburg - Barmbek, Hamburg Germany on Monday, July 31, 2006
Simply irresistible. It may be for me one of those books you wait for a long time. Nevertheless I had to stop reading, because I can't summon the concentration I need to read it properly.

It'll wait for a time less turbulent.

By the way: Rigel, the Mariner's Star? This is new to me. But as I love Orion for several reasons, I'm all to ready to accept it.

Update, July 6th 2008: I came back to it some days ago and have just finished reading. Though I lost track several times before I had no problem continuing right there where I stopped, quite a while ago...

... but well, what to say about it now. Not as easy as I thought at first sight. I loved the poetry. I loved the setting. I did not and still do not understand her intentions. I do not agree with how she feels about the sea (thus in this point joining aNorthernLight, see above). I am puzzled with the book, and faszinated. I removed the rating, because I just cannot rate anything so... so, well, misty. Mysterious. Puzzling. Whatever.

It will travel on with Nordkind's Meerbox [Box of the Sea].

Journal Entry 3 by wingNordkindwing from Hamburg - Barmbek, Hamburg Germany on Friday, August 15, 2008
Aus der Meerbox gefischt!

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