Serenity Boat: A Novel Kindle Edition
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- "The manuscript was read and reviewed by me and other editorial staff. Everyone found it to be a beautiful and touching poem, written with impressive talent and restraint." - Noa Manheim, Head of the Original Literature Section, published by Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, Dvir
- "Sarit Brik's debut book, Serenity Boat, offers an unmediated reading experience that takes the reader, gently yet purposefully, into the most personal and private places in the writer's soul, which are to be found in the souls of all of us, the readers. Sarit Brik dares to weave here, in a surprisingly mature debut piece, a delicate creation, but at the same time full of power, pain and experience. A piece of work that is not afraid to look directly at the questions found at the heart of every person's being, poignant questions about love, family, friendship, compassion, and the tortuous paths of the heart and mind, all from a unique, subtle, refined, yet controlled, compassionate and loving perspective. One that knows how to ferry even the most difficult attempts on a boat of serenity, towards the personal growth, beauty and light on the opposite bank." Tamar Bialik, Editor of the book, Head of the Reading Department and Editor-in-Chief of Kinneret-Zmora, Bitan
- "At the age of fifty, Sarit Brik decided to revisit the open wound of her life: the suicide of her father, Israel Railways CEO Ehud Hadar. That is how her debut novel Serenity Boat was born, from whose pages flows the special connection she enjoyed with her father." From the Culture Supplement of the Makor Rishon newspaper, by Keren Melamed Margalit
- "Sarit Brik, whose father committed suicide while serving as the CEO of Israel Railways, wrote an autobiography to tell her children about the darker parts of her life." From La-Isha, a weekly magazine for women, by Orit Merlin-Rosenzweig
From the Author
- ASIN : B08L83Z5XB
- Publication date : January 10, 2021
- Language: : English
- File size : 3499 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 79 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #45,330 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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A poem, ’Resurrection,’ opens the novel, and sets the mood for the story that follows very well indeed: ‘I select pictures / From the journey of my life. / Distilling them / Into the essence of emotion. / Engrave and imprint / Words, and words / on white pages / I will be resurrected / Again and again.’
The ‘story’ is related in the third person, allowing recognition of a life being shared, without confining the reader’s imagination: self reflection makes the novel a mirror for comparison! In a rather unique manner of presentation, Sarit presents an indelible image: ‘Like a tightrope walker, blindfolded with a flimsy handkerchief, scented with intoxication perfumes, she strides barefoot along the length of the tightrope, erect and on her toes. As she moves, she stretches and lengthens her body, as if trying to reach the heavens. Throughout the hot summer months, she walks with him beneath the blazing sun with determination and ignores everything around her. Each step invigorates the one that follows. She grows form those strides, new forces throb throughout her being, and great happiness envelops her….’ In this first vignette the focus is one passionate love of her mate.
The book follows this pattern – poem then moments of memory and experience – through the phases of a pregnancy, incomplete as the baby’s heartbeat is inaudible to ultrasound, to response, and on and on. Sarit condenses the content of her book as follows: ‘A love story spun on the verge of a mental breakdown and the pain of an unhealed wound. 1996. She was an only child, the apple of her parents’ eyes, who enjoyed a strong, special bond with her father. The saga of a young girl who dreams dreams and weaves her life in threads of pink, until the day a great tragedy hits. Abruptly, her world is torn apart, and the earth opens its mouth, threatening to swallow her. She, however, chooses to cling to her commitment and the infinite love she feels for her children in order to continue on the journey of life. Slowly, out of the great abyss in her soul, a fresh new thread begins to spin a new reality: a love affair. A great love that envelops her, tying her in a powerful bond the likes of which she has never before experienced. Serenity Boat is a book about love, pain and longing. An emotional and touching account read in one breath. A book that depicts a journey of survival through painful truths, love, and compassion.’
Short in length, long on impact, this is a sensitive and tender artistic memoir. Grady Harp, October 20
I enjoyed the story, character development, and dialogue. There were plenty of plot twists that I didn’t see coming and that added to the book’s mystique. When I stopped reading to work, I found myself wondering what happened in the book, and replaying parts of the novel in my head to see if I could figure more out. It has been a while since I enjoyed a book this much.
There’s no doubt that Serenity Boat is an exceptionally well written book. The contrast between tone and content is a characteristic talent of only a few authors. The author pays as much attention to her sentences as she does to her plots, shifting or consolidating meaning with the use of a single word. Her writing is impeccably honed, full of juxtapositions and qualifications that help to create a reflective and poetic atmosphere throughout. Highly recommended. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
However, I must say I am unsure about the strucutre. The mix between chapters and poetry, althoguh very original, was sometimes difficult to follow for me.
Reading other reviews I find not everyone had this problem so it might be a very personal thing, as I get easily distracted. Otherwise, the story was written in a very heart-felted way.
First, the way this story is written is great. Mix of poems and short chapters of poetic prose is a very efective way to present emotions and that is exactly what this book is about: pure, raw emotions poured in words and sentences. The author definitelly knows how to write: there are not sufficient words or parts of the book that should not be there. Everything is well dosed, just as it should be.
I received an advance copy from hidden gems and I want to review