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Gift from the Sea: 50th-Anniversary Edition Paperback – Jan 30 1991

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon; Reissue edition (Jan. 30 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679732411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679732419
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I found a 1955 printing of this book in an old waterfront cabin and was struck by the care with which the previous owner had read it. Eve (the name inscribed inside the front cover and then again above the heading for chapter 3) made pencil marks on nearly every paragraph of the book, underlining a phrase, highlighting many passages with strong vertical marks, scratching out some words that she seems to have found superfluous and even x-ing out whole sections that apparently missed their mark with her altogether. Two rusting paper clips isolate several pages, absent any marking at all. Anne Morrow Lindbergh's lyrical words are still relevant and presage so many of the themes of today's most popular books: simplicity, peaceful solitude, caring for the soul, a woman finding her place in society and life. I heard that the woman who had lived in the cabin had actually passed away some time before. Thank you, Eve, for your gift... from the sea.


"Read it -- it will be one of your happiest discoveries" Sainsbury's Magazine "A modern classic" Good Book Guide --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The life of a woman is complex. There is more to it than an average woman might realize. Anne Morrow Lindberg is definitely one woman who does not easily overlook all that is included in the life of a woman. In the same way she does not leave aspects of the sea unobserved. In her book, Gift from the Sea, Anne Lindberg examines various articles of the sea and not only sees the objects as what they logically are, but also as how they relate to a woman's life. The book is beneficial because it has a good scientific focus while still retaining a profound literary outlook and it's detail and description is sensible.
In the novel, Lindberg describes things such as shells and then cleverly uses her observations as analogies for life. The inclusion of the life comparison is how she attains the literary outlook that is present in the book. After describing the moon shell's 'smooth circles winding inward to the tiny core', Lindberg then states that it is a reminder that we must be alone even for an hour or a few minutes a day to remain in touch with our core. The observing of the double sunrise and how it has a hinge binding two shells together is ingeniously used as a metaphor for relationships.
The book is not very difficult to read because it uses everyday terms and an extensive scientific background is not necessary to follow along with the author. Because Lindberg's diction is not difficult to understand, she can focus more on explaining each item and the description of each is more rational. Because Lindberg is not tedious in her describing of objects the reader's attention is kept throughout the book. They are illustrated until the reader has a clear picture of the item in their mind.
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Not a book to race through! To be read slowly, alone, savored, re-read, meditated and mused on, with contentment. And if you can't find contentment, it will find you -- in Anne's words -- her gift from the sea.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh's thoughts are woven around her impressions gathered from her ocean-side stay away from society and civilization -- from people and things -- from noise and confusion -- from musts and don'ts.

What Anne discovers in her solitude at the beach, she offers to you the reader by way of her journal. The tiny shells she held and studied provide lessons to her and all of us.

Anne's musings about life, relationships, love, busy-ness, aging, simplicity and solitude came to me several years ago at a time I was re-assessing many things in my life. Like a grace, her words soothed me and helped me quiet my turbulent thoughts, and to gather my inmost spirit to bind the wounds, to fill myself with the good already all around me and to go forward.

I realized I could slow down my pace, choose my own path, ask for and expect some peace and quiet and harmony, because these gifts are there for all of us to enhance our lives.

Although written from a woman's perspective, Anne's gift from the sea is for all of us who hunger for the slower pace, the garden path, the sanctity in God's every creation down to the intricate sea shell in Anne's hand as she coddles it, examines its artistic swirls and ridges and colors, and listens to the lessons -- the homilies -- within its delicate curves.

A keeper of a book. You'll go back to this one, like to a favorite vacation hideaway or armchair by the fireside or corner in the garden under the stars. It'll be an old friend, a comfort and blessing.

Take a deep breath......Can you just smell the salty tang of those soft breezes off the ocean
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This book is a gem of feminine insight and should be required reading (I truly hate that term, but in this case, it is valid)
for women over 30. Not to mention women who plan to reach 30. I recall having this book forced down our immature throats in
junior high English class, when the book first came out to critical acclaim in the late 50's. This seemed ill-advised, as the subject matter, plus lack of plot and character development or even characters in the first place, proved quite beyond the limited literary appreciation of the class.
Half a lifetime later, while perusing the dusty shelves of a used book store, I came across a copy of that almost forgotten book, presented so enthusiastically but naively by my long-ago English teacher. Now, as an adult, I decided to give it mature consideration; Ic can't believe what a treasure I had in my hands--how I had missed these pearls of human wisdom for decades! But it is never too late to recognize a jewel between covers.
The author felt impelled to take a retreat on an almost deserted island--perhaps to reflect at lesiure upon her roles as daughter, sister, wife, mother, woman and human being. As she strolls carelessly along the soothingly indifferent shore, she can not resist picking up vairous shells--all gifts, as it were, from the sea. Considering each type at length at days' end, she realizes that these various shells represent the the different stages of a woman's life. The bivalves, like butterly shells, remind her of the marriage bonds; the chambered nautilus reflects her home, which needs more rooms as the family expands. For Lindbergh each shell fills a special niche in the multitudinous roles which is a woman's privilege to perform.
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