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Beyond the Bright Sea

'Beyond The Bright Sea' is a wise and gentle story about finding out who you are and where you belong. I enjoyed this book much more than the author's previous book, 'Wolf Hollow'. Lauren Wolk is an interesting writer because this book is completely different in style from her first one; this, for me, is the sign of a writer with a powerful imagination. It is like seeing an actor who has a chameleon-like ability to take on different roles, who literally 'becomes' every character s/he portrays. The rhythms of the text are the same as the rhythms of the peaceful but hard-working life on Cuttyhunk where Osh, Crow and Miss Maggie live. Lauren Wolk has adapted her writing to create an all the more believable world. Shouldn't all writers do this? Yes. But they don't: and I am also comparing this book to the first one - they are so different it is as though I'm reading a book by a completely different author. I mean this as a compliment because, like a chameleon, Wolk has submerged herself in the (partly) fictional world she created so that it is even more vivid and emotional for the reader. Lauren Wolk is an excellent author, this is an excellent book. More like this please!

Posted on: 10th May 2018 at 09:52 am

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