Thursday, January 29, 2015

Lighthousekeeping by Jeanette Winterson


Silver is orphaned at a fairly young age and is taken in by Mr. Pew, who keeps the lighthouse. Mr. Pew is a story teller and weaves tales for Silver about how the lighthouse came to be and the families that have been touched by it. There are love stories, there are stories of creation, there are stories of darkness and light. The stories of love and the history of the local family were very powerful to me. Without much semblance of time in this book, these stories had a timeless feel to them, making them feel a little magical. I really enjoyed this aspect of the book. However that same timeless feeling caused problems in other areas.

The lighthouse is upgraded to be more modern, kicking Pew and Silver out of their home. Pew leaves the lighthouse with Silver's dog but without Silver herself. Did I miss something? Why would Pew, who seemingly loves Silver, take her dog and disappear? Near the end of the book, there was a complete description of the opera Tristan and Isolde which, though I'm sure has deep meaning, felt completely out of place. Love, history, love, history, BAM here's a random story about an opera.

The writing itself was beautiful, just confusing at times.

First Line: "My mother called me Silver."


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