Wednesday, January 23
Book Review: February
Author: Lisa Moore
Pages: EBook 189
Summary: In 1982, the oil rig Ocean Ranger sank off the coast of Newfoundland during a Valentine's Day storm. All eighty-four men aboard died. February is the story of Helen O'Mara, one of those left behind when her husband, Cal, drowns on the rig. It begins in the present-day, more than twenty-five years later, but spirals back again and again to the "February" that persists in Helen's mind and heart. Writing at the peak of her form, her steadfast refusal to sentimentalize coupled with an almost shocking ability to render the precise details of her characters' physical and emotional worlds, Lisa Moore gives us her strongest work yet. Here is a novel about complex love and cauterizing grief, about past and present and how memory knits them together, about a fiercely close community and its universal struggles, and finally about our need to imagine a future, no matter how fragile, before we truly come home. This is a profound, gorgeous, heart-stopping work from one of our best writers.
My Rating: 9.75/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: A stunning and at times haunting read, which had be lost in some of the passages throughout the book. It will easily be one of my favourite reads of the year.
There were many times I was completely lost in the writing and the passages throughout the book, the author is a spectacular writer and I found myself constantly making notes on many passages throughout the book - sometimes two or three on the same page. It was absolutely stunning and it helped the reader get inside Helen's mind and almost feel the emotions and psychological turmoil she was going through. The author did a fantastic job at showing this heartbreak and loss of her husband, its affect on the world around Helen and those around her. I found it to be an emotional book and I was becoming invested with Helen and how her life would turn out. The parts focusing on her husband and the oil rig were haunting - I almost wish there had been a little more on what had really happened when the oil rig went down. Although I do prefer the way the author choose to mainly focus on Helen. Helen's voice telling the story, her reactions, what went through her mind and was a fantastic way to tell the story and I think it probably made it that much more intriguing, as there is always the unknown lurking in the readers minds on what happened in the last moments of the oil rig. It also created a well developed character in Helen, which added to the whole reading experience.
John's parts were one of my only issues for this book. His storyline kind of slowed the natural flow down, and I didn't exactly like him as a character. I wish the focus on him was less than it was, and more on Helen's story but he was still a character who was well developed, I just wasn't a particular fan of him.
In the end, it was an excellent read which has me looking forward to reading more works from the author.
Would I recommend it to read: I would! Even the slower parts make it a book well worth reading. Between beautiful passages, strong plot, and some good characterization it has elements for all readers to enjoy.
What to read next: Indian Horse, Away, Age of Hope, Two Solitudes, Fall on Your Knees, more by the author.
Challenges: 100 Book Challenge, 2013 Category Challenge, Alphabet Challenge, Canadian Book Challenge VI, EBook Challenge, New Authors Challenge, Read-a-latte Challenge