February Paperback – 2010
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On another level, this novel could be greatly appreciated by any widow who lost her partner when her children were still very young. Moore's handling of that situation was carried through well.
On Valentine's Day 1982, the 'Ocean Ranger', an assumed-to-be unsinkable oil rig, sank during a vicious storm out in the North Atlantic. Thirty years later the tragic events of that night still resonate deeply with the affected communities of Newfoundland. Families lost fathers, brothers, sons and lovers during a night when hope and prayers for a miracle turned into despair and grief: all eighty four crew were lost, either on board or in the ice cold water. Newfoundland award winning author, Lisa Moore's 2009 novel FEBRUARY fictionalizes the deep physical and emotional shockwaves in the aftermath of the disaster by telling the story of one widow, her profound grief and the long-lasting scars on her soul while putting all her energy into bringing up her family and healing herself.
Lisa Moore's heroine, Helen, thirty at the time of the disaster, was robbed of her husband Cal, the love of her young life, the breadwinner for their young family with three small children with a fourth on the way. Much of the story is set in 2008, yet with Helen's mind often wandering back to that fateful night in 1982, the innocent years prior to the disaster and the many years since. Helen reflects on her emotional state of mind at the time as "being outside": "The best way to describe what she felt: She was banished. Banished from everyone and from herself." Still, the daily life had to go on while grief and pain were kept locked into the inner folds of her mind. "Helen wanted the children to think that she was on the inside, with them. The outside was an ugly truth that she planned to keep to herself.Read more ›
It is joyful to find a book of new, young author, which is professionally written, many faceted, compassionate, ardent and truthful.
From the beginning it overpowers the reader by beautiful language and attractive characters. So, it is not true that great books are no longer written. Also, mastery and wisdom are still here.
I gave 5 points to the book, even though the ending disappointed me. Not the outcome, it was a given, but its length and repetitions. Less is sometimes more. It is obvious that the sinking of the Ocean Ranger changed the lives and influenced the fate of all the heroes, and many other people besides, the authoress notwithstanding. So many problems were overlooked, it may happen again. And like a stone thrown in the water, the aftermath is spreading, spreading in space and time.
I just think that, considering that the author said it all in the book, the ending could have been calmer.
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Lisa Moore's Giller-nominated novel February languished on my bookshelf for over a year before I could bring myself to open it. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Boomerbroadcaster
I was looking for a story of the Ocean Ranger and thought this was going to be perfect. I just couldn't connect with the characters. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Feroza R
I suppose it is well written but it tends to make one feel a bit depressed while reading it. Just okay for me.Published on May 3 2014 by Robin Lady
This book wasn't as good as it could have been. The characters didn't ring true. They simply came off as whiney. To spend 25 years dwelling in the past seemed far-fetched. Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2014 by Pat Bingley
Loved the book; excellent author!!! It was a quick read and very interesting! Would highly recommend this book to others!Published on Nov. 25 2013 by Susan Carrigan-Ralph