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Sea Hearts

'Why would I People are uneasy enough with me if I start bringing up sea wives they'll take against me good and proper' 'It could be secret''Could it'On remote Rollrock Island the sea witch Misskaella discovers sh If you have any expectations of what this book will be like based on the cover throw them away You won t find a dreamy romantic fairy tale retelling here It s like this type of crazy business going onRecipe for a twisted dark fairy tale 1 One crazy witch2 Stupid men who think with the wrong head3 Seals I m being serious the actual sea creatures4 Blank eyed women who are willing to serve their men Stepford Wife style Confused yet Trust me I was confused for the first couple of chapters Once I started figuring out what was going on I found myself disturbingly aroused uh scared uh interested Basically this nasty crazy witch woman can call up seals and cut them open These seals then pop out these extremely sensual looking women who are willing to cling to the first person they seebond with Yes it s like mail order brides except of a local affair Needless to say the men were ALL over this trend Islander number 1 Hey Frank you got your hot seal wife yet Mine cooks me dinner every night before doing the naked tango with me Islander number 2 Nah The dumb witch wants money than I can afford I m putting in extra hours down at the docks so I can get me a slave soon Think there s a catch Of course there is That s where the story takes a turnI loved this book but I can honestly say that it won t be for everyone It does take a couple of chapters to get to the point where you feel sucked in Because of the confusing and almost dreary start I could see how some people are going to jump ship before the story gets to a point where you want to keep going because you re bizarrely fascinated with this twisted beautiful and disturbing world I was glad that I stuck with Brides of Rollrock Island because I love books that stray outside of the realm of normal Anything that isn t cookie cutter tends to earn extra marks from meThis author is shelved as YA but I found this book to read like an Adult historical fic wa sprinkling of magical realism Basically a modern albeit dark and grown up fairy tale Ty jesteś moje imię nasty crazy witch woman can call up seals and cut them open These seals then pop out these extremely sensual looking women who are willing to cling to the first person they seebond with Yes it s like mail order brides except of a local affair Needless to say the men were ALL over this trend Islander The Many Lives of Fitzwilliam Darcy number 1 Hey Frank you got your hot seal wife yet Mine cooks me dinner every Complete Amber Sourcebook night before doing the Jadę sobie. Azja. Przewodnik dla podróżujących kobiet naked tango with me Islander Sweet Alien (Reestrian Mates, number 2 Nah The dumb witch wants money than I can afford I m putting in extra hours down at the docks so I can get me a slave soon Think there s a catch Of course there is That s where the story takes a turnI loved this book but I can honestly say that it won t be for everyone It does take a couple of chapters to get to the point where you feel sucked in Because of the confusing and almost dreary start I could see how some people are going to jump ship before the story gets to a point where you want to keep going because you re bizarrely fascinated with this twisted beautiful and disturbing world I was glad that I stuck with Brides of Rollrock Island because I love books that stray outside of the realm of Detective Wanda Wolfe normal Anything that isn t cookie cutter tends to earn extra marks from meThis author is shelved as YA but I found this book to read like an Adult historical fic wa sprinkling of magical realism Basically a modern albeit dark and grown up fairy tale

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Once Misskaella sets her heart on doing such a thingMargo Lanagan weaves an extraordinary tale of desire and revenge of loyalty heartache and human weakness and of the unforeseen conseuences of all consuming love When you read a Margo Lanagan book you expect it to both confuse and enthrall you And THE BRIDES OF ROLLROCK ISLAND delivers that head spinning gut churning fizzy brained mixture of what in the world is going on and did she really go there and oh my goodness she is a genius You can read THE BRIDES OF ROLLROCK ISLAND as a nontraditionally narrated snapshot of an island s history with no straightforward plot and no answers to what s right or what s wrong in this world That ll either confuse the hell out of you or you will be delighted at the amount of space Lanagan allows readers to bring in their own values and interests to the story Those who want to find a depiction of the complex meanings of domestic loyalty get that Or you can also read it for its marvelous craft its characterization and worldbuilding It s a story that gives no clear answers and is all the special because of thatMuch like Thisby Island of The Scorpio Races Rollrock Island feels like an entity of its own Lanagan skillfully weaves a picture of an island suffocated by yet dependent on its claustrophobic living conditions neighbors knowing one another s businesses and knowing who marries who and who s doing what with who else s woman I find stories contained in a small area where each inhabitant must be developed with his or her uniue idiosyncrasies so much interesting and realistic than plain Jane YAs set in Anywheretown America The people and the island setting force one another to reveal their imperfect weird alivenessFor those who appreciate great writing and are tired of the repetitious plots and characters that appear in so much YA THE BRIDES OF ROLLROCK ISLAND will renew your faith in the magic of writing

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E can draw a girl from the heart of a seal So for a price any man might buy himself a bride an irresistibly enchanting sea wife But what cost will be borne by the people of Rollrock the men the women the children 45 stars Was she beautiful the sea maid Fair strange Doris had said and I thought that was a fine assessment Fair strange I think that s a fine assessment of Sea Hearts too beautiful in or for its unusualnessIt s proving extremely difficult to review Sea Hearts titled The Brides of Rollrock Island in the US in isolation and not hold it up against Lanagan s previous novel Tender Morsels Though I read the latter earlier this year I still haven t been able to wrangle my thoughts into review form beyond being able to say that it s one of the most powerful disturbing and peculiar books I ve ever read And I do mean that in a good way So I was apprehensive even nervous going into Sea HeartsNow having read them both I can definitely say that there are some similarities between the novels as they both have Lanagan s singularly complex and artistic use of language atmosphere emotion and thematic depth However while Tender Morsels is almost relentlessly unsettling I believe Sea Hearts without diluting the power of Lanagan s writing is the accessible bookAnd the writing is exuisite Besides the rich lyrical prose that sets Lanagan apart as a storyteller it s also incredibly atmospheric Rollrock Island and its small insular community of Potshead are exceptionally well realised Lanagan has created a setting that feels simultaneously familiar and foreign a glimpse of our own past slightly tilted on its axis into something strange and not uite of our world Through dialogue and characterisation the world of Rollrock slips its moorings in reality and occupies a realm of existence just beyond our own all the so as the story of the selkies and sea witches are woven into its historySea Hearts is structured around seven narrators each taking up a layer of the story until it comes full circle At first the framework seems strange and the shifts in perspective and time feel abrupt incomplete Then a synergy in the voices begins to emerge drawing towards a central cohesive thread and it becomes clear just how complex and dark a story Lanagan is weavingOn the surface Sea Hearts is about a sea witch with the ability to draw forth a woman from a seal who begins trading in brides for the men of Rollrock Island But that synopsis barely scratches the surface of what this novel is about This is a deeply insightful story about the conseuences of revenge exacted upon a community and of the sorrow bought with unchecked desire The far reaching effects of rejection fear and loss are adroitly explored through the characters whom Lanagan imbues with sympathy despite their many actions to the contrary This is most evident in Misskaella a character flawed and reprehensible yet deeply human in her story of growth from a spurned child and downtrodden young woman to a calculating and feared crone Some of Lanagan s most beautiful writing is tied up in Misskaella s character arc and the conseuences that her personal journey wreaks upon the island Similarly there s a scene that details a conversation between Daniel Mallett and his mother too long to uote here so poignant and moving for the way it gets straight to the heart of the novel to the private burdens of sorrow and guilt that the island must atone for cumulativelyOf course much like Tender Morsels the style and subject of Sea Hearts won t be for everyone and I d even venture to say that it s an acuired taste The novel can feel dense at times enigmatic to the point of frustration Lanagan compels her readers to unusual dark places and does not always deliver explanations rather reuiring readers to draw their own She does not offer detailed rationalisations for her worldbuilding choices and there are times when I felt out of my depth in the setting However the end result is extraordinary and rewardingTender Morsels in a feminist context has been the subject of much discussion both far in depth and articulately than I could even begin to attempt but I think it s worth touching on the subject as it pertains to Sea Hearts I do think that Lanagan s novels have many intelligent things to say about the position of women in society Sea Hearts less stridently than Tender Morsels but still in an insightful and thought provoking manner Throughout Sea Hearts traditional gender roles are very much in evidence and I think that Lanagan subtly challenges these as the plot unfolds The female characters typically occupy narrowly defined places in their society yet both the red wives and the sea wives have agency in contesting these Most obvious is the red wives in their decision to leave the island in protest against the summoning of the sea wives And while it s arguable that the sea wives themselves are conjured as possessions of the men living under their dominance and as manifestations of the men s sexual desire and objectification they too have purpose and desire outside being wives Their ties to their home and the action this causes them to take clearly demonstrate that their will extends beyond the narrow confines of Potshead s social norms and expectations and that attempting a forced assimilation only damages the tightly knit community From Miskaella Bet Winch s mother the sea wives Lory Severner to Trudle Callisher the central female characters of Sea Hearts display different aspects of strength and independence asserting themselves beyond the rigid and limited views of them held by the other characters particularly the menSea Hearts is an unusual novel beautiful in its sadness and haunting closure It works well as a crossover and I d recommend it to anyone drawn to artful storytelling and literary fiction As for the covers and titles I like them all though I admit a bias for the Australian versions of both I like the title Sea Hearts which is also the title of the original novella from which the novel grew for its duality it works on both a literal and symbolic level and is therefore open to a variety of interpretations Regarding the covers anyone who s had a glance at my tumblr knows how I feel about moody pictures involving water spoiler I like them however I think the Australian cover is evocative of the sea wives as they re described And I think it s just gorgeous in generalStarting this tonight flails and runs to catch up with LeanneBumping this up the TBR to read with Leanne next week


About the Author: Margo Lanagan

Black Juice won two World Fantasy Awards It was published in Australia by Allen Unwin and the United Kingdom by Gollancz in and in North America by HarperCollins in It includes the much anthologized short story Singing My Sister DownHer short story collection.



10 thoughts on “Sea Hearts

  1. says:

    ‘’Rollrock is a lonely island of cliffs and storms blunt fishermen and their fierce wives Life is hard for the families who must wring a poor living from the stormy seas But Rollrock is also a place of magic’’When I read and adored Kirsty Logan’s The Gloaming my dear friend Marina recommended Margo Lanagan’s Th

  2. says:

    If you have any expectations of what this book will be like based on the cover throw them away You won't find a dreamy romantic fairy tale retelling here It's like this type of crazy business going onRecipe for a twisted dark fairy ta

  3. says:

    There’s no uestion in my mind that this book is brilliantly written I’ve been consistently impressed and moved by Margo Lanagan’s prose since my first experience with her work a few years ago and this book does not disappoint in that regard However and this will actually be a positive for many readers – this book is far tam

  4. says:

    45 stars”Was she beautiful the sea maid Fair strange Doris had said and I thought that was a fine assessment Fair strange I think that’s a fine assessment of Sea Hearts too beautiful in or for its unusualnessIt’s proving extremely difficult to review Sea Hearts titled The Brides of Rollrock Island in the US in isolation and n

  5. says:

    The Brides of Rollrock Island is one of those novels that left me with the thought that there is no possible word in the English language that could even attempt to summon up the strange ethereal and mystifying experience that is chronicled in this book As my first venture into Lanagan’s world I have to admit that Brides simply blew me away leaving me utterly breathless It is a slow intriguing tale that often reminded

  6. says:

    The back of the book says we see the deepest of human cruelty but also of love Wrong there is no love in this bookIf you like the last episode of Twin Peaks you'll like this book That's not exactly a good thing This novel takes 'cerebral' to a

  7. says:

    45 StarsMelancholy If I had to capture Margo Lanagan’s The Brides of Rollrock Island in one word melancholy would be the one Melancholy is sad but also thoughtful; beautiful and heartbreaking–as was this tale The Brides of Rollrock Island isn’t a streamlined book Told from six varying points of view our tale begins in the middle reverses to the beginning and moves forward to the end with a motion that indicates that this is

  8. says:

    When you read a Margo Lanagan book you expect it to both confuse and enthrall you And THE BRIDES OF ROLLROCK ISLAN

  9. says:

    I got this on audio from AudioBookSync Wow this book is weird There's something peculiarly haunting about selkie folklore I can picture a careworn exhausted mother telling the story to her daughter Once the women could swim free before they were robbed of their skins I can see a father still mourning the loss of his wife from childbirth tell

  10. says:

    This is my first Lanagan but by no means will it be my last From the very words chosen to the way they’d been woven together the feel of this is long and lush dense and at times too much Everything is so specifically and skillfully put together that I felt the moody dark and yes sometimes even disturbing tone just propelled me forward I’ve come away with characters that cannot help but be well realised Better yet those seven voices eac

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