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- File Size : 4986 KB
- Publication Date : February 11, 2020
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 338 pages
- Publisher : Little, Brown and Company (February 11, 2020)
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1529005124
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- ASIN : B07SGQ8M32
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #45,163 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story follows Ursa, Absalom’s troubled wife, and Maren. Ursa moves to Vardø; Maren was born there. The writing is gorgeous, lyrical, the relationships between the women, especially Ursa and Maren, are beautifully drawn. Learning about life in this small Arctic town was both fascinating and disturbing. I was there feeling the cold, filth, poverty, strength, and loneliness of these women. But it’s not an easy book to read. The author pulls no punches when describing the tragedies of gathering the dead from the sea to the days of the witch trials. Despite losing their husbands and sons, the women got it together, and it’s infuriating how the men responded from far and wide! Because men didn’t trust the women’s strength, and didn’t trust that the men were killed by a freak storm, they swooped in and went looking for witches. You must be a witch if you can learn to sail a boat and fish to survive! This is a new book, published in February, that explores feminism, patriarchy, and religion in a world gone mad—themes we continue to encounter today. I hope it doesn’t become a movie.
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Nice sized hardback - for women's sized hands? Highly recommended.
1617 a fishing village all the men die in a storm at sea leaving the women alone
They start doing as their men would including fishing
Then Absalom Cornet arrives with his young wife Ursa, he is a witch finder & starts seeking out the women he believes are witches
Ursa finds a friend in Maren
Why can women not live without men?
Did the women cause the storm that killed all the men?
The story is bleak and often harrowing as it is inspired by real events and does not shy away from the brutality of the storm, its aftermath and the subsequent witch-hunt faced by the women of Vardo.
The novel explores so many fascinating themes such as the position of women at the time and the restrictions placed on them, superstition, family bonds and faith. All of these were handled so well and served the story.
I did find the ending quite frustrating but it is a small criticism of an otherwise brilliant book.
I found myself becoming slowly familiar with the women in the book and seeing how their grief controlled their behaviour and how it brought them together and pulled them apart. The characters were so complicated and interesting. You really feel that Maren and Ursa feel so close to you as you are in this story, you feel for both of their struggles in each of their situations.
The story was slow but in a good way, you used this time to observe the women of the island and look for hints of the oncoming accusations of witch craft. I just found it so intriguing to watch their lives and how they picked fault of each other along the way. There was so much emotion in this story and you really feel all the highs and lows, some of it very uncomfortable but the writing gives these moments fantastic justice!