Gift from the Sea, Hardback Book
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


The setting is the seashore and as the author picks up shells she reflects how each symbolizes a facet of her development as a woman from young love to middle age and studies the ebb and flow of human relationships and upholds the importance of the free and individual spirit of woman and man.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Prose: non-fiction
  • ISBN: 9780701149635

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This is one of my enduring favorites. Although this memoir was written in 1955, it is still completely relevant today. In the midst of being tied up with her family life –she has a husband and five children – Lindbergh decides to take off and spend some time alone on an island to replenish herself. As the days pass, she starts relaxing and leaving the busyness behind; she then begins to soak up nature and the abundant gifts the sea has to offer in terms of life lessons. Very wise, and beautifully written. Highly recommended.

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I thought I read this book back in the 1960's or 1970's, but, reading it now, I had no recall of what it said or what I thought it said.As an older person, I appreciate the spiritual ramblings of this book about temporary solitude in seaside living. The author takes a look at single seashells and uses them as metaphors for those qualities of life which fulfill us as humans spiritually. Many lines of this book and ideas are deeply true and quotable. Here are some I found noteworthy:"There are...certain roads that one may follow. Simplification of life is one of them.""Woman must...learn to stand alone.""We all wish to be loved alone.""Security in a relationship lies neither in looking back to what it was in nostalgia, nor forward to what it might be in dread or anticipation, but living in the present relationship and accepting it as it is now."This book is a quick read and a lovely pause for reflection in an otherwise troubled and hectic world. Read it when you feel the need to slow down a bit.

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