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Explosive dark and tender The Last Boat Home is a devastating novel about sacrifice survival and a mother’s love If you loved The Light The Last PDF or Between Oceans or The Snow Child this is for youOn the wind swept southern coast of Norway sixteen year old Else is out on the icy sea dragging. A book that starts in present and them goes back to her as a girl The life she led her violent father Set in Norway on the coast her dad was a trawlerman but had to fins another job due to not enough work he was a drunk too

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The Last Boat Home

Her oars through the waves while above her storm clouds are gathering Surrounded by mountains snow and white capped water she looks across the fjord and dreams of another life of escape and faraway landsBack on shore her father sits alone in his boathouse with a jar of homebrew In the Best Room he. This was a pleasure to read because it was so well written The story is a little bleak and harrowing Story of a mum and her daughter and abusive husband and also story of that daughter and her daughter

SUMMARY The Last Boat Home

R mother covers her bruises and seeks solace in prayer Each tries to hide the truth from this isolated God fearing community they call homeUntil one night changes everythingMore than thirty years later the return of an old friend forces Else to relive the events that marked the end of her childhoo. The Last Boat Home is the debut novel of Dea Brovig and the narrative is shared between the mid 1970s and 2009 The novel opens with the lead character Else giving birth and the circumstances behind this event and the identity of the father of the child is key in tying the two eras togetherThe return of her childhood sweetheart Lars in 2009 forces Else to confront the past Born into a strict church going Norwegian fishing community we learn of her early life her relationship with Lars which they have kept secret fearing condemnation from the community and in particular their parents and the village Pastor A travelling circus arriving in the village and its inhabitants the strong man in particular have a consderable impact on her future life Else is not the only one hiding the truth Her father is a not so secret drinker and her mother wears make up to try to hide the bruises on her face from his freuent assaults The discovery of Else s secret life causes the whole pack of cards to come tumbling downI love the idea behind this book Somehow the book manages to be a fairly uick read but slow paced at the same time and the pacing suits the descriptions of the somewhat monotonous and hard way of life described here I enjoyed comparing how the village attitudes appear to have changed between the periods this book retells It feels like it could have been set so much earlier than the 1970sview spoiler There is no big reveal to other characters in the end and the reader feels somewhat like a voyeur looking into Else s private thoughts On the other hand this is in keeping with the theme of secrecy that is so important within the book and I can see why the author chose to keep the ending this way After the shocking revelations of what actually happened in 1975 it is actually in keeping with the style of the book to keep the revelations between the reader and Else rather than the wider cast of characters as well hide spoiler


10 thoughts on “The Last Boat Home

  1. says:

    A book that starts in present and them goes back to her as a girl The life she led her violent father Set in Norway on the coast her dad was a trawlerman but had to fins another job due to not enough work he was a drunk too

  2. says:

    This book came to me by way of a secret Booksanta at my new reading group and I probably wouldn't have picked it up from a bookshelf myself but I'm glad that I read it As other readers have said it was beautifully written I didn't find it slow paced as such as much as paced to match Else's life on the Norwegian coast both growing

  3. says:

    I received a free copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewI struggled at the start of thi

  4. says:

    Set in a God fearing community in a small Norwegian costal town After a somewhat slow start the story of Else and her family gradually develops in to a gripping tale of love secrecy and sacrifice Overall it was a good read particularly for a debut novel

  5. says:

    This was a pleasure to read because it was so well written The story is a little bleak and harrowing Story of a mum and her daughter and abusive husband and also story of that daughter and her daughter

  6. says:

    This debut novel is a bit of a mixed bag I actually thought it had been translated from Norwegian but a little basic research revealed that it had not; Ms Brovig however grew up in Norway before moving to England at age seventeen It shows here and there in her English I decided not to mind when I noticed the wr

  7. says:

    I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads The Last Boat Home is the debut novel of Norwegian author Dea Brøvig Set in a small village on the south coast of Norway the story follows Else Dybdahl through two different time periods then 1974 1976 and now 2009 The narrative begins in 1976 where Else who we c

  8. says:

    The Last Boat Home is the debut novel of Dea Brovig and the narrative is shared between the mid 1970s and 2009 The novel opens with the lead character Else giving birth and the circumstances behind this event and the identity of the father of the child is key in tying the two eras togetherThe return of her childhood swe

  9. says:

    Dea Brøvig conjures up a desolate and harsh debut novel which is mirrored by the unforgiving Norwegian winters which is described so vividly that I longed to pass the young Else Dybdahl yet another jumper to keep her warm on her ferry home from the town at the end of each school dayThe story is split a past that covers the time from 1974 197

  10. says:

    Else rested her temple against the cold glass and imagined how it would happen A tearing of the guts a hatching a birth Ev

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