- Series: Adventura Books
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Seal Press; 2nd edition (March 18, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1580050727
- ISBN-13: 978-1580050722
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #894,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Curve of Time: The Classic Memoir of a Woman and Her Children Who Explored the Coastal Waters of the Pacific Northwest (Adventura Books) Paperback – March 18, 2002
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The book is full of charming episodes that made me envy them and the certainty and beauty of their life: the rare pleasures this little family sees in their boat; the way that they read Maeterlinck together; the other pioneering people they meet on their way.
But just as the beauty is very real, so too are the things that she barely touches on: the loss of her husband; the fear for her children; the decision to turn her back on the world of the cities. I admired her tremendously for the hard things as well as the easy. The lyricism of the book was deepened by the clear difficulty of her choices.
She prevailed as a mariner, amateur mechanic, and raconteur at an age and at a point in history when merely being a widow and mother of 5 young children would have been daunting enough.
You can feel the anticipation of her young family as they embark each year to see new places and meet new friends. As they grow, so does the reader's appreciation for the isolation, raw physical beauty, and many charms of Canada's west coast.
I have referred many friends to this book, and all have become devotees. You do not need to have ever been to the west coast, or even to have been on a boat, to appreciate this delightful tale.
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Both an adventure and a description of what was, at the time of the book's writing, an untouched coastal paradise between British Columbia and Vancouver Island. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Being a friend of cruising the Pacific Northwest, I love these type of books...Published 2 months ago by Heinz
A beautifully told story. I really enjoyed reading the book.Published 2 months ago by Doug Sanderson
An interesting read if you are familiar with the islands located within the inside passage of Vancouver Island and mainland B.C.. Read morePublished 4 months ago by CaptPizazz
Interesting read because our family has sailed in the same area. Made one wonder why she took five small children and a dog on a boat that was uncomfortably small. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jan Lightner