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Book Title: Easter Island|
The author of the book: Jennifer Vanderbes
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Reader ratings: 6.9
Edition: Abacus (UK)
Date of issue: January 1st 2004
ISBN 13: 9780349117959
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 315 KB
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150 pages in, I'm really enjoying Easter Island. It has a patient, quiet narrative and masterful grasp of subject matter (botany, taxonomy, evolution and science in general) that is unassailable and reminiscent of Sacred Hunger. It also maintains an excellent balance and synergy between the parallel narratives of Elsa and Greer. It always seems a danger, to me, in this construct that one storyline will become dominant or just more interesting than the other. But so far, alternating, I always find myself pleased to be back in the world of the other and equally eager to remain there.
Alice is an especially compelling character - unique, magical, electric - and the relationship between the sisters is remarkable.
One area that seems puzzling, possibly lacking, in both storylines (so far), is a sense of foreboding or danger to the women. With Greer, in the modern world, I'm happy to experience her day-to-day exploring, wrapped, as she is, in sadness. But with Elsa and Alice, two young attractive women, quite alone in Victorian times... I haven't quite found my footing. There's a feminist quality to it, in that Elsa remains quite in control of the situation, but also what verges on naivete to the characters and the narrative. It seems almost unbelievable that during the entire boat trip, sequestered as they are with male sailing crew, nobody makes a move, not the husband who is quartered separately, nor any members of the crew, make a single (mentioned) advance on simple, comely Alice. I'm only 150 pgs in, however, and perhaps (as I suspect) this is still to come.
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Read information about the authorJennifer Vanderbes received her B.A. in English Literature from Yale and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her first novel, Easter Island, was named a "best book of 2003" by the Washington Post and Christian Science Monitor and was translated into 16 languages. Her second novel, Strangers at the Feast, was called "a thriller that also raises
large and haunting questions about the meaning of guilt, innocence, and justice" by O, The Oprah Magazine. Her third novel, The Secret of Raven Point, will be published by Scribner in 2014 -- "Part mystery, part coming-of-age tale, part World War II novel, Vanderbes’s…moving latest…is an empathetic, oblique take on the layers of damage done during war." (Kirkus Reviews)
She has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a New York Public Library Cullman Fellowship.
Her writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Granta.
Her facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Jenn...
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