- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: FriesenPress (Feb. 8 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1460203348
- ISBN-13: 978-1460203347
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.4 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 340 g
- Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,633,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Ocean Paperback – Dec 12 2012
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About the Author
Cecilia Araneda was born in Chile and came to Canada at a young age with her family after they escaped Chile's bloody coup d'etat. Araneda grew up in northern Manitoba and currently lives in Winnipeg. An accomplished filmmaker, The Ocean is her first novel....
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Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
The writing was not strong - there were many run on sentences and a tendency to overuse the comma. Time was also a problem; Maria Soledad was 13 and then a chapter or two later was 25. The other main characters also rapidly aged thus none of their stories were developed, nor were the main themes of the book (gender inequality, political turmoil, disability). Also, I think the narrative would have worked better in first person not third person.
Review by GirlWellRead.blogspot.com
Overall the book was just okay. As I mentioned earlier, there really was a good story but it just wasn't fleshed out.
Maria Soledad is totally disappointed as her father teaches each of her brothers to read. When she is finally going to be next her father skips over her and starts teaching her younger brother. When she clarified to him that she was older, he tells her he knows his children's ages. When she tells him it is her turn to learn how to read, not her younger brother. Her father is amazed that she thinks she is going to learn to read. He tells her that she needs to learn the things her mother teaches her and leave the reading to the boys. Maria Soledad is very stubborn and refuses to learn to sew or knit from her mother. The rich neighbor's son teaches her to read in secret. She has many secrets and ends up marrying the man of her father's choice, due to the fact she is with child from the boy who taught her to read, and he is sent away. Maria Soledad has a love of the ocean she lives close to but when married is moved away from the ocean. Her daughter, Consuelo is the child.
Consuelo and Pilar, Consuelo's child, are both as stubborn as the generation before them. The secrets just continue to grow as the story continues, with the reader knowing the secrets but the women do not. Consuelo has a love of the ocean, for comfort as her mother did. Consuelo moves to Winnipeg, due to a bloody coup d'etat that had her involved by her cousin. Pilar is born in Canada but draws and draws many pictures of the ocean that she has never seen but has a deep feeling for. After her mother's death Pilar is moved back to Chile and sees the ocean for the first time she comes to realize that she will meld with the water and become part of it.
While reading this story I was saddened by what happened to these women but they continued on and went on each day. But the ending gives me hope for the next generations born into this family that their will be fewer secrets and more love for them.
I received this book from Goodreads First Reads
The characters in this novel are developed well enough to carry the story forward. That said, I don’t feel that I got to know any of them very well. They are developed only in the ways that directly relate to the story which means at times the characters seem slightly flat. This wasn’t to the extent that it detracted from the story, however further development would have added to it a great deal.
Please note that I won this book through Goodreads First Reads program.