Una Spenser is sent away as a child to live in a lighthouse, but runs away to sea disguised as a cabin boy, going on to encounter disasters, murder, romance and marriage to Captain Ahab, whom the reader sees through Una's eyes before the white whale takes his leg and sends him mad.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 688 pages
- Publisher: The Women's Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/04/2001
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780704346833
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Review by dylanwolf
Oh! What happened to the editor! I really wanted to like this book. A stonkingly good idea; a brilliant plot but poorly executed. There are some super scenes but why oh why is it 650 pages long? Make it a trilogy if you must but slow down and concentrate on quality rather than quantity. The writing is monotonously flat; not encouraging when you've still got 400 pages to go. The epic range with well-judged mixing of magical realism and touchstone traditional episodes - the lighthouse days, the giving-birth, the male-impersonation in order to go to sea etc. is brilliant but, for heaven's sake, in such a long book, mix the styles in which you deliver it. I got through to the end weary rather than entranced. A missed opportunity. What a shame.Find out about more wives' lives and be dazzled by economy and skill by reading Carol Ann Duffy's "The World's Wife" - power-packed poetry. She would have surely dealt with Mrs Ahab in ten terse verses.
Review by IreneF
This book was so bad I couldn't finish it. It was so full of illogic, and written in such overwrought prose, that I gave up--something I rarely do. I gave it a star and a half because it wasn't completely idiotic or trashy, but I was unable to suspend my disbelief.