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I am drawn to books set in Newfoundland I will always chose a Newfoundland setting when I am perusing a selection of novels if one is present I grew up in a esidential section of a city which in no way esembles any of the places I have visited in the pages of these novels There
IS SOMETHING INDEFINABLE ABOUT THE DESCRIPTORS OF THE LAND something indefinable about the descriptors of the land lives lived in these books I have ead The Latitudes of Melt did not disappoint me The premise was unusual enough to grab my attention but ealistic enough to keep me interested in eading on The characters delighted me with the strength they showed when faced with tragic circumstances A gentle humour flowed through the novel which balanced the sad parts well I don t want to add any spoilers this is a novel for anyone who want to add any spoilers this is a novel for anyone who a story which doesn t have to have a tidy conclusion A beautifully written novel that gives you a strong setting and feeling of and for NewfoundlandThe novel is a story that follows the life of Aurora who as an infant was found floating in the ocean on an ice slab In the beginning Aurora s birthplace and history are a mystery to everyone She is a child with white hair pale skin and never feels the cold She is a wanderer who has unusual connections with animals which leads the locals to believe she was left by fairies The author paints an amazing ethereal picture of Aurora as a child as a wife in her very human marriage to Tom and as a mother dealing with her complex elationship with her childrenI ve come to have a great espect for down east authors This novel eminds me so much of the Bernice Morgan novels I ead Waiting for Time and I can t emember the name of the otherI am so astounded and touched by this story that I don t eally know what else to say that would do it justice So from the back coverThis bountiful magical novel opens when two fishermen discover a baby floating on an ice pan in the North Atlantic in 1912 Named Aurora the baby grows up in the Drook a small fishing outport in Newfoundland where she is egarded as mysterious and enchanted a free spirit who does not uite belong Who is the eal Aurora and where did she come fromIn this gorgeously spun novel the unravelling of Aurora s origins involves sea crossings connects continents and spans decades laying down layers filled with shipwrecks icebergs and fairies An exploration of love and loss Latitudes of Melt is an unforgettable evocation of Newfoundland s southern shore that combines the thrill of an altogether original story with emarkable writerly skill and power Clark takes an intriguing premise packed with ich possibilities and manages to craft a story as dull as dishwater Two
characters with whom never feel any connection Detailed descriptions of every effing thing they do in the un of a day Then she made some lunch Then she did the dishes Then she ead a book The writing style is amateurish and plodding and the narrative switches between omniscient and first person with no warning or stylistic purpose This is extremely irritating by the end of the novel which ends with such an anti climatic ending that you will want to toss the book across the oom I ead the entire thing simply because I had to see if there was any eward for all of that torture and I was interested in the history and culture of Newfoundland This is historical fiction at its worst Oh yes and that magical thing in the blurb is a total lie There are semi supernatural things that happen in the story but they are so artlessly described that all magic is erased and they are never eally explored in any meaningful way I m probably going to be universally hated for this eview but I eally did not like this book And I was so disappointed I loved the cover I loved the blurb I loved the title I loved the beginning So where did it go wrongThe book is set around a little girl who is found on an ice pan in the North Atlantic ight around the time the Titanic sinks This was the time when I clicked and bought this after finding it for a semi easonable price The book is described as magical In the year 1912 a fisherman discovers an infant adrift on an ice floe in the North Atlantic Back in the Newfoundland village of Drook she's considered a changeling with her white hair and.
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Joan Clark Í 0 Free eadMan who found her grows up marries and has a family of her own It is also the story of the great changes in Newfoundland in that time the gradual decline of the outpost fishing communities the loss of the fishery joining Confederation unemployment and migration offshore oil and the list goes on At first I was going to say that this work of historical fiction hadn t eally taught me much just following Aurora s ather unusual but eally ather mundane life but then I ealized that all of these issues had been touched on in the context of that life Teaching history in a subtle way without beating us over the head with it is the mark of a very good teacher With its constant narration changes from first person to third person and back again I did find this novel somewhat disjointed at times I did enjoy it though especially at the end when we finally discover how Aurora came to be on that ice pan in the first place I ead this book in 2002 I emember it because I was a bookseller back then and 2001 and 2002 were magical years in the book industry in Newfoundland and eally around the world Latitudes of Melt takes place in Newfoundland Imagine the day night the Titantic goes down off the coast of Newfoundland two local fisherman find a baby bundled up and adrift on an pan of ice The fisherman take the little baby ashore and after search and placing ads in all the international papers no one claims the baby so one of the fisherman and his family adopts the baby Latitude of Melt is "THAT BABY S STORY THE BOOK " baby s story The book an experience captures the city of St John s and surrounding areas I couldn t put it down I don t want to say anything else so I won t give it away Pick up this book and let it surprise you Four stars for this novel s lyrical beauty and powerful imagery Also I love the Newfoundland setting and history which is uniue in all the world The plot which concerns a baby escued from the sea could have been compelling However the story meanders along like a sluggish stream with some stagnant side pools and circular eddies that don t contribute to the overall flow other than showing off the author s gift for description The best scene is the pivotal one where the baby s origins are evealed Sometimes I felt this book deserved five stars sometimes two I would understand why some people would not like it at places it was tedious and boring I guess that the unusual beginning the Aurora s childhood and mostly all the esumes and praise build up some misleading expectations which eventually are left frustrated Additionally there are these huge stretches of life where nothing exceptional happens although I think the author transmitted beautifully what happens with so many womenAnother thing that I found annoying was the constant and unregulated switching of first person narrator to third person narrator It was uite all ight at the beginning but it is all very unbalanced and by the end
Of The Book There Was No Differencethe book there was no difference the style of narrating whatsoever There was also the brief appearance of this unlikable character and we are bored to death by her daily outines only to see her disappear heroically and in full inconsistency with her previous actionsWhat I liked in the book was the language which was so beautiful without being pretentious Several passages such as the one explaining how we einvent and eemerge in times of grief or about the uiet ordinary joys of life were wonderfully written Some of the male characters were so nice to ead about I as someone who has never been to Canada enjoyed the descriptions and the setting of Newfoundland and it made me crave to visit it What an incredible ead I ealize I think about this book many many times since I ead it a year ago It s about a baby found in a basket on the ice near where the Titanic sank in 1912 who was taken by a fisherman back to his family and aised as his daughter She grew up and had two children one who became an ice scientist it s his life and experiences that I enjoyed the most The back story of Aurora s mother and her family was also very good. Mid the austere beauty of the Newfoundland coast She marries and has two children but it is only after they are grown and she is an old woman that the mystery of Aurora's origins is solved. .
that was a sheer struggle For a book that s just overwas a sheer struggle For a book that s just over pages long it did feel eally ushed Years pass in a matter of pages sometimes with letters spanning the years that are passing but I felt there should be a lot happening in the book Instead it just plods along with no action I felt that there should have been done to attempt to find out if the girl had been on the Titanic and had been saved by her parents Why wasn t she put into a lifeboat in that case Were her parents in third class perhaps and didn t get up on deck until after the lifeboats had gone Why did they send her out into the Atlantic by herself if they were going to leave no clues as to her name her origins etc She could easily have drowned and they would be none the wiser Perhaps she was abducted like the infamous Navratil boys There were so many uestions aised in this book and I m sure it was all building up to a satisfying climax but unfortunately I didn t get that far I got up to the point where Aurora the little girl was now a widow and getting on a bit Then there was the whole palaver of her being different to the other villagers Her eyes were two different colours which frankly kept an image of David Bowie constantly in my head she never felt the cold she had white hair there s an albino David Bowie now and she liked pressing flowers Other characters described her as being touched by the fairies but yet again this was never expanded upon leaving me feeling frustratedThe blurb proclaims this novel as being gorgeously spun and says that the unravelling of Aurora s origins involves sea crossings connects continents and spans decades laying down layers filled with shipwrecks icebergs and fairies This also attracted me to the book but the book does not deliverI m disappointed in the book and myself to be giving up on it so easily but to be halfway through a book and still struggling to keep track of what is happening and then the story moves so slowly weighed down by endless description it doesn t make a good book in my opinion Yet this book seems to be getting four star eviews wherever else I look But I don t agree and I have to be honest SnippetsP14 A passionate Newfoundlander she knew their history was one of handing over to others what was ightfully theirsP104 Unlike Newfoundland which was aw and untouched there was something finished about England as if everything that needed doing had been done and now it ested fully imagined and complete every inch of it having been thoroughly examinedP300 at Cobh Ireland watching the emigrant ships A eminder that for those left behind a ship s disappearance on the horizon was a kind of deathThe baby Aurora is in the ocean in a
BASKET ON AN ICE PAN WHENon an ice pan when is found by 2 fishermen at the time of the Titanic s sinking She is taken to one of their homes and informally adopted by the family the only girl among brothersAurora is a complex character unusual in appearance and her interests walking the barrens collecting flowers to press loving poetry and animals The untangling of Aurora s origins is well done and ultimately satisfyingTime "and place are captured beautifully and characters are complex and interesting and fully dimensionalA character working in the antarctic suicidal is "place are captured beautifully and characters are complex and interesting and fully dimensionalA character working in the antarctic suicidal is Love and loss and econciliation are threaded throughout A beautiful book to be savoured in its depiction of time place and unforgettable characters55 Beginning in 1912 with the discovery of a baby floating on an ice pan and ending in the 1990 s this is the story of that baby s life as she is adopted by the family of the. Eyes of different colors Her very survival shows that her life is charmed Named Aurora after the dawn of her escue from the sea she exhibits a singular nature as she grows to womanhood