- File Size: 2294 KB
- Print Length: 400 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (June 9, 2015)
- Publication Date: June 9, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00SG8TG1W
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,645 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My only criticisms of Lafaye's work are the large number of characters she uses, and the difficulty in understanding the often significant connections between them. However, Lafaye does an impressive job of breathing life into factual events and the existing societal context. Having taught history for many years, I know that as the secret to helping anyone understand the significance of the past. Names and dates without specific connection to the daily lives of people just like ourselves are meaningless. Only in understanding the "whys and wherefores"
and the actual life experiences of those in the past can we gain insight into the possibilities, and responsibilities, of the future. With not only history, but romance and mystery woven into the storyline, this is recommended reading for anyone looking for book that will closely hold your interest and increase your knowledge as well.
Having grown up in Florida, I never heard of the the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane, the most intense hurricane to make landfall in the United States.
What makes this story so rich and effective, is the marriage of the historical account of the hurricane, with the fictional characters and their stories.
Our lives are complimented and complicated by the people who make up our world and our history. The character and morals of people in our lives, good or bad, impact our journey - and can make for a messy, noisy chapter, or one filled with dizzying heights of love and hope.
The same was true for those who lived, and died, during this hurricane.
Each of the 400-plus lives lost during the hurricane represented a unique tapestry of relationship and story. What enhanced this historical account was how much Vanessa valued those lost lives. She documented their life during that time, further complicated by segregation, racial tensions, and lynchings. Vanessa honored those unfortunate souls in the best way possible - generous in design of those created to represent them. While we enjoy order and protection; chaos and loss are part of our story, as it was theirs. Plenty of well-defined, believable characters only enhance her delivery.
It would have been far easier for the author to have limited the number of people. However, when the reader experiences the arrival and destruction of the hurricane, the emotion and understanding of the corporate and devastating loss would not have been as heartfelt. Thankfully, Vanessa took her time. She developed characters true to that experience, embedding them into her exceptional, historical account of the 1935 hurricane.
Beautiful creation Vanessa. Thankful you honored the suffering of the veterans.
The strongest and most lovely melody of your story being the strength of those who maintained their character and humanity, while suffering oppressive disregard, terror, and predjudice.