- 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,019 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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A story of mundane events of a mom and her kids on a boat for many summers. I was thoroughly bored with the details of boating around the pacific northwest, but could see that it... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Kathy Goss
Outstanding story about family cruising experiences in the Northwest.
Excellent on board book for your boat!.
This is one of my favorite books of all time and I have given it as a gift. She is in the canon of great Canadian writers.Published 24 days ago by GretaCargo
I gave this book 5 stars because it is a book full of stories, illustrated with lovely descriptions about the travels of a unique woman who chose to spend her summers exploring the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by J Garcia
A must read for those who plan to explore the British Columbia Coast. The author passes along a lot of her experiences that boaters will find interesting & useful.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a true story about a magical world filled with wonder, adventure, and a wise and fearless mother to teach them lessons far beyond any book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
Classic book and amazing story of a women who cruised British Columbia waters with her children, year after year. A must read for anyone cruising B.C.Published 2 months ago by Anita
A very interesting book in several regards. The concept of time curve was minor to the story but a twist to telling the story that was thought provoking . Read morePublished 4 months ago by E. J. Harris