The Brides of Rollrock Island
On remote Rollrock Island, men go to sea to make their livings—and to catch their wives.The witch Misskaella knows the way of drawing a girl from the heart of a seal, of luring the beauty out of the beast. And for a price a man may buy himself a lovely sea-wife. He may have and hold and keep... show more
On remote Rollrock Island, men go to sea to make their livings—and to catch their wives.The witch Misskaella knows the way of drawing a girl from the heart of a seal, of luring the beauty out of the beast. And for a price a man may buy himself a lovely sea-wife. He may have and hold and keep her. And he will tell himself that he is her master. But from his first look into those wide, questioning, liquid eyes, he will be just as transformed as she. He will be equally ensnared. And the witch will have her true payment.Margo Lanagan weaves an extraordinary tale of desire, despair, and transformation. With devastatingly beautiful prose, she reveals characters capable of unspeakable cruelty, but also unspoken love.
Publish date: September 11th 2012
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages no: 305
Edition language: English
I have to go back and check if this book really was classified as YA, because it really reads more like an adult fairy tale.At first glance, The Brides of Rollrock Island is about a sea-witch, Misskaella, who enacts her revenge on the residents of Rollrock Island because of the bullying she endured ...
This novel is breathtaking. Lanagan's prose is gorgeous and lush and evocative. So articulate and lovely, the novel flows smoothly and seductively because of its writing and its dark atmosphere. This novel is not for everyone. Not only does it move slowly, but some themes might not sit well with som...
I'm blown away! Review also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?Don't be surprised if you see plenty of people putting this book as DNF as this books takes time. It takes time to feel its magic and get into the story. Luckily for me they are my favorite type. Also luckily for you because I'll try to make you r...
Stopped at 18%. Oh, look, I picked it up again. Who would have thought.
***Note: this review presumes that you've read the book.*** This book is beautifully written ("...the dunes' fine hairs blown back from their foreheads"), and the setting is lush and gorgeous. It feels like fully fleshed-out ancient folklore, but is also grounded by an authentic-feeling place, and...