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Child of the Sea Paperback – 2012
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More About the Author
In 1998 Doina was one of the winners of the London Arts Board short story competition with her story 'Does the Sun rise over Dagenham?' In 1999 she married Julius Tomin, a Czech philosopher, and in 2000 moved with her family to Gloucestershire in the UK. 'Child of the Sea', an account of her sailing childhood, is her first book for children.
Top Customer Reviews
It is about her childhood years sailing around the world with her father, mother and brother on their boat. A good narrative with some nice pictures too, even if they are somewhat low res black and white. The writing was clean and easy to read, and enjoyable the whole way through.
The most interesting thing to me was how in the beginning, the writing style was somewhat simplistic, like you would expect from a young girl. And as she grew, the writing became more mature as well, and the depth of feeling expanded. By the time she was a teenager, I really felt the pathos of her life and all she was going through, both good and bad. I'm not sure if she did this on purpose or if it's just how it worked out, but I liked it quite a bit.
And what a life she had ! What most will only dream about. As a cruising sailor myself, I could understand much of what the journey involved, even though I have not gone more than a few hundredths of what the Cornells did. Much respect to them all, and much gratitude to Doina for this wonderful trip she takes us on. I think it is something to note that she is not sailing now, with her own family. That was enough for her ! Each generation seems to react against what they had to endure in their own childhood. As much as she appreciates the memory of that time, I also sense that she loves stability and ground under her feet and a place to hang up all her clothes - all things which anyone who has spent time cruising can relate to.
I read the Kindle edition, which was one of the better ones to date.Read more ›