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Kayak Morning: Reflections on Love, Grief, and Small Boats Paperback – Deckle Edge, January 3, 2012
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From Roger Rosenblatt, author of the bestsellers Making Toast and Unless It Moves the Human Heart, comes a moving meditation on the passages of grief, the solace of solitude, and the redemptive power of love
In Making Toast, Roger Rosenblatt shared the story of his family in the days and months after the death of his thirty-eight-year-old daughter, Amy. Now, in Kayak Morning, he offers a personal meditation on grief itself. “Everybody grieves,” he writes. From that terse, melancholy observation emerges a work of art that addresses the universal experience of loss.
On a quiet Sunday morning, two and a half years after Amy’s death, Roger heads out in his kayak. He observes,“You can’t always make your way in the world by moving up. Or down, for that matter. Boats move laterally on water, which levels everything. It is one of the two great levelers.” Part elegy, part quest, Kayak Morning explores Roger’s years as a journalist, the comforts of literature, and the value of solitude, poignantly reminding us that grief is not apart from life but encompasses it. In recalling to us what we have lost, grief by necessity resurrects what we have had.
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Top Customer Reviews
Being out on the water is not an escape from grief but another opportunity to remember his daughter and....at least from this reader's perspective...to explore the depths of his loss while immersed in the natural world.
After his daughter's death, Rosenblatt believed that if he just " got on with it" the pain would somehow diminish. But it did not. So Rosenblattt seeks to transform his grief while kayaking.
Along the way, he is learning the difference between mourning, supported by others, and grieving ...alone. They may overlap. But mourning and grief are not the same.
The kayaking seems to help put everything into a deeper perspective. Meanwhile, Rosenblatt talks to Amy, recalls times they'd shared, lessons he learned from her. She is never far from his thoughts.
Scattered throughout the book are references and quotes from writers such as Melville and Wordsworth. In this way, Rosenblatt expands the whole grief process into more than a personal, individual one. He draws upon the varied perspectives of others.
But at the heart of Kayak Morning is Rosenblatt's ongoing struggle to come to terms with his loss. And he begins to see some rays of hope- or perhaps they are best described as moments of comfort. Recalling how much love his daughter shared with so many, he wonders if perhaps love can - in a way - conquer death. He carries his daughter's love with him and she "lives in his love".
So what does he conclude as the book comes to an end? How is he different?Read more ›
"When you love someone every moment is shadowed by the fear of loss. Then loss occurs, and you feel more love than ever. The more you loved, more you feel the loss. Depression, then, may be seen as the strongest expression of love. That's where logic gets you."
Anyone who's ever paddled a kayak, or who's experience a grievous loss, will, I think, find themselves becoming an invisible passenger on Rosenblatt's Kayak.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved reading this book. Many times, I would just linger over a sentence or two. So beautifully written.
This is a book about healing after a great loss. Read more
After reading Making Toast, I didn't think Rosenblatt could write anything more touching, more helpful, more authentic about grief. But he did. Read this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Linda
This has helped me through my grief so much. My girlfriend also bought this book. It explains exactly how i am feelingPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Given the topic, and the particulars of this situation, I don't want to say negative things, but honesty dictates otherwise. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Randy Given
I bought this book hoping that it would be a redemptive, meditative look at life and death. It is not. Read morePublished 15 months ago by J.M. Barrie
I felt so comfortable riding in the water with him. He invites empathy and smiles and thought. besides that he loves some of the same books I do!Published 21 months ago by Claire Ruder
Roger Rosenblatt's bestselling and moving memoir, Making Toast: A Family Story, made me a fan a few years back. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Timothy J. Bazzett
Roger Rosenblatt writes beautifully, but this essay feels like he's just going through the motions. He's having great difficulty dealing with his daughter's death, he's angry, and... Read morePublished on March 10, 2014 by R. Penn