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Claire of the Sea Light #2020

Claire of the Sea Light By Edwidge Danticat Claire of the Sea Light From the best selling author of Brother I m Dying and The Dew Breaker a stunning new work of fiction that brings us deep into the intertwined lives of a small seaside town where a little girl the da
  • Title: Claire of the Sea Light
  • Author: Edwidge Danticat
  • ISBN: 9780385349680
  • Page: 370
  • Format: ebook
  • Claire of the Sea Light By Edwidge Danticat From the best selling author of Brother, I m Dying and The Dew Breaker a stunning new work of fiction that brings us deep into the intertwined lives of a small seaside town where a little girl, the daughter of a fisherman, has gone missing Claire Limy Lanm Claire of the Sea Light is an enchanting child born into love and tragedy in Ville Rose, Haiti Claire s mother diFrom the best selling author of Brother, I m Dying and The Dew Breaker a stunning new work of fiction that brings us deep into the intertwined lives of a small seaside town where a little girl, the daughter of a fisherman, has gone missing Claire Limy Lanm Claire of the Sea Light is an enchanting child born into love and tragedy in Ville Rose, Haiti Claire s mother died in childbirth, and on each of her birthdays Claire is taken by her father, Nozias, to visit her mother s grave Nozias wonders if he should give away his young daughter to a local shopkeeper, who lost a child of her own, so that Claire can have a better life But on the night of Claire s seventh birthday, when at last he makes the wrenching decision to do so, she disappears As Nozias and others look for her, painful secrets, haunting memories, and startling truths are unearthed among the community of men and women whose individual stories connect to Claire, to her parents, and to the town itself Told with piercing lyricism and the economy of a fable, Claire of the Sea Light is a tightly woven, breathtaking tapestry that explores what it means to be a parent, child, neighbor, lover, and friend, while revealing the mysterious bonds we share with the natural world and with one another Embracing the magic and heartbreak of ordinary life, it is Edwidge Danticat s most spellbinding, astonishing book yet.This edition includes a reading group guide.
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    1. Edwidge Danticat

      Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti and moved to the United States when she was twelve She is the author of several books, including Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah Book Club selection Krik Krak , a National Book Award finalist and The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award winner She is also the editor of The Butterfly s Way Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States and The Beacon Best of 2000 Great Writing by Men and Women of All Colors and Cultures.Danticat earned a degree in French Literature from Barnard College, where she won the 1995 Woman of Achievement Award, and later an MFA from Brown University She lives in Miami with her husband and daughters.

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    1. Claire of the Sea Light is as much about the intersection of the lives of a group of Haitians of different social standings, as it is an exercise in the art of storytelling The elements and characters of the story fit creatively together in a refreshingly non conventional fashion It s a pleasure to read the spirit of love and the care that Danticat infuses into the language of Claire The essence of what made her non fiction works shine is present here.The realism of Danticat s writing gives the [...]


    2. I thoughtClaire of the Sea Lightoffered an interesting opportunity to get glimpses of the different characters lives, but the book just felt disjointed overall and most of the storylines felt underdeveloped by the book s end I thought they would at least tie in together once I reached the end but that wasn t the case I also thought with the book s title being what it was, that Claire or at the very least, Nozias and or Claire s mother would tie in either literally or figuratively to the other s [...]


    3. In the decade since Edwidge Danticat published her last novel, The Dew Breaker, Haiti has been drowned by hurricanes and shaken by earthquakes At each cataclysmic crisis, the plight of her homeland dominated the world s attention and then quickly faded into the background radiation of suffering that passes through most of us unnoticed.For someone born in Port au Prince, the temptation to rage at the public s fickle concern must be immense But in her rich new novel, Claire of the Sea Light, Danti [...]


    4. Claire of the Sea Light is the type of unforgettable novel that pulls at the heartstrings and produces an almost unbearable degree of searing emotion Claire Limye Lanme Faustin is the title character, and she is, of course, focal to the narrative, but she also serves as the lightning rod from which multiple storylines are illuminated Each of these tales has a rhapsodic quality, full of pain and brimming with enchantment Danticat examines an array of complex characters from the town of Ville Rose [...]


    5. 3.5 Love the title of this book and the cover, even though I read it on my kindle I can see the cover on this site This book was like a circular maze, where the prize is in the middle and you just follow in circular movements It starts with a young seven yr old Claire going missing from her village and home This is not a linear book so after this we learn about the villagers that make up this town called Ville Rose At one point when they switched to a new story I thought to myself, what does thi [...]


    6. Ok let s make the book into a movie as soon as possible Claire of the Sea Light should be played by Quvenzhane Wallis from Beast of the Southern Wild, and her father Nozias, should be played by Dwight Henry from Beast of the Southern Wild or better yet Forest Whitaker I see Viola Davis as Gaelle, the shop keeper that Nozias wants to give his daughter to so that she will have a better life I can just imagine what a beautiful picture this would be I expected this book to be about what happened to [...]


    7. I was really looking forward to Claire of the Sea Light because I am always interested in works that bring far off places and cultures that I will probably never have the opportunity to visit to life And while Danticat did provide a look inside the culture of Haiti, the constant changes of character perspectives and reversals in the timeline of the story made it difficult for me to ever connect with any of the characters In fact, the Claire of the title may be the least important or interesting [...]


    8. Pristine literary prose, like fine art Certainly an enlightening glimpse into the culture, traditions, and people of Haiti, reality in fictional presentation The descriptive portrayal of the region and its nuances was clear and crisp However fascinating, the crisscrossing of themes and characters didn t quite work for me I found myself drawn in then pushed away, never allowing me the chance to totally warm up to any one character A redeeming good read, slightly short of great.


    9. It is the seventh birthday of Claire Limye Lanme Faustin whose name means Claire of the Sea Light in Creole Her birthday is also a day of death since Claire s mother died in childbirth, and her father brings her to the cemetery every year On the morning of her seventh birthday, a huge wave overturned a fishing boat, and her father s good friend was lost in the sea.On her birthday, Claire s impoverished father has been asking Madame Gaelle, a wealthy widow who is mourning her young daughter s dea [...]


    10. This is an intoxicating weave of vignettes, populated by an endearing cast of characters And there is no single protagonist either they are all so important to this tale.Perhaps the protagonist here is Haiti herself Claire Limy Lanm Creole for Claire of the Sea Light certainly draws you into her world so much that you are tempted to think of her as just that protagonist But so many other significant souls swim by the reader that it becomes clear that she inhabits a world owned by many others, li [...]


    11. Grief and its effects on an impoverished Haitian fishing village.On the morning of Claire Limy Lanm Faustin s 7th birthday, a freak wave sweeps a local fisherman away Claire s father, Nozias, is also a fisherman, and her mother died giving her birth, so the sea poses a grave threat to this diminished family Nozias decides it is time to seek a better life, which entails giving Claire up for adoption to bereaved Mme Ga lle Yet Claire, as cheerful but elusive as her middle names sea light indicate, [...]


    12. This book reminded me that I need to read Caribbean literature Any suggestions I m open It was my third book club read this month and I might just get used to this book club thing Claire Limy Lanm Each time narration entertainer Robin Miles said her name on my audiobook, I was entranced It was a great experience, hearing French Creole sprinkled throughout the prose, with the distinguished storytelling seeming to illuminate the setting.At first the story seemed to be about Claire, the little gir [...]


    13. This was a 3.5 star book for me.In language poetically beautiful and painstakingly precise, Danticat infuses her characters with dignity as they navigate through the loss of innocence and the burden of guilt with a dollop of hope in the small seaside town of Ville Rose The book opens with the story of Claire Limye s Lanme s Claire of the Sea Light life up until the morning she turns seven, which is also a day of death to her as her mother died in childbirth, and her father struggles with the dec [...]


    14. Edwidge Danticat has always been a writer of powerful beauty, but here, she surpasses herself At the center of this luminous novel is Claire, and through interlocking stories concerning her, her father Nozias, and the other inhabitants of a small fishing village 28 miles from Port au Prince, she presents a vivid portrait of a community and its insularity Employing creole patois and sensual visual detail, the land comes to life for a reader who has never visited Haiti She carefully lays out the c [...]


    15. This is a novel of inter connected stories, a vehicle I like It is on that Listopia , which I created I admit that, had I recalled it is there, my expectations might have been slightly different However, that is not my main quibble.My quibble instead, is that the writing doesn t measure up I have thought and thought about what I didn t like about it Though not especially interesting, the sentence structure is varied enough for me not to complain I finally realized it is the lack of decent vocabu [...]


    16. While I was reading this book, Edwidge Danticat was interviewed on the public news hour How fortunate was I I really enjoy Danticat s writing I was in Haiti for only 5 days but can recognize the society she describes I also liked her interjection of the Creole language and her inclusion of poetic descriptions as well as poetry The choice of the book title appears on p 181 p 118 The name was a buoyant as it sounded It was the kind of name that you said with love, that you whispered in your woman [...]


    17. This is my first Danticat but won t be my last What a gift at evoking a place and a community of believable, vivid, characters The only thing that detracted from my enjoyment was that sometimes the novel s tone and diction would shift from a kind of lyrical beauty to straightforward expository about the social ills of the town that felt like a newspaper editorial than a fictional story.


    18. The structure of Claire of the Sea Light reminded me a bit of Olive Kitteridge, a novel composed of interconnecting short stories that meld the characters and their lives together, exposing secrets and providing additional information about their connections as we read It is a beautiful novel, very poetic in its structure.The story begins in 2009 in Ville Rose, Haiti It starts out with Nozias, a fisherman, wanting to give his daughter away to a fabric shop owner on her seventh birthday Claire s [...]


    19. I feel a little deceived by the book blurb and cover art for this book I thought I was getting a story about a father struggling to give his daughter a future where she could have opportunities But the story is really a collection of glimpses into the lives of the people who live in the same town as the father and his daughter The characters we follow are connected to each other through their work or a personal acquaintance.The story opens and we learn that every year on her birthday her father [...]


    20. Haunting and mythic This work is like Faulkner, in taking the common man and making him seem like a god but this work too is like Hemingway, with strong, straightforward sentences that are simply unbreakable, pushing life forward with each full stop In each story, we learn the deeper past of these characters, of their communal story, unbeknownst to any of them in its entirety How grand to sit watching them, learn why they act toward their neighbours so The eponymous character is like a spectre [...]


    21. This is a not altogether complete story, of a small Haitian village where wealthy Gaelle lost her husband as she gave birth to their daughter, and where a few years later impoverished local fisherman Nozais lost his wife as she gave birth to their daughter This story, and some others about nascent gang warfare, radio journalists and a DJ, the diaspora, the wealthy and the poor who tend to the care of their families are told from different perspectives Claire of the Sea Light is 7 years old, and [...]


    22. Claire of the Sea Light, is about a young girl born into both love and tragedy in the small fishing town Ville Rose, Haiti.Seven year old Claire Faustin s mother died giving birth to her And as every year passes, her father, feels the growing need to earn money than poor Ville Rose can provide, and therefore must give Claire to someone in the village to care for her.The characters and their town are painted with vivid detail and lyrical language creating the book reads like a beautiful patchwor [...]


    23. Claire of the Sea Light is a book as luminous as its title Edwidge Danticat s 2013 novel about the little seaside town of Ville Rose in her native Haiti is a hypnotic read and I was mesmerized from the first scene.Ville Rose has an air of magic about it, yet it is a town where tragedy is an everyday part of life The story begins with a tragedy A poor fisherman out on his boat in the early morning is swamped by a rogue wave as his friend, Nozias, another poor fisherman watches from shore The man [...]


    24. Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat is a quick read and an artful creation that describes the environment and relationships in a small Haitian town Twenty miles south of Port au Prince, Ville Rose has a population of 1100 people, most poor farmers, fishermen, and sugarcane workers.Danticat introduces the title character, Claire Limy Lanm Faustin, on her seventh birthday her father Nozias Faustin, a fisherman, and Ga lle Cadet Lavaud, owner of the local fabric store, but quickly flashes b [...]


    25. A beautiful book with beautiful characters, beautifully written.The format is short story than novel , but this approach adds to its individuality The same story is frequently told from multiple viewpoints Part of the joy of reading this book for me was following the threads of the different perspectives.Set in the island town of Ville Rose, Haiti, it narrates the story of the disappearance of a seven year old girl, Claire Limy Lanm Faustin, and of the memories of an entire townspeople that are [...]


    26. Intense, poetic, moving, a beautifully written story This is a tale of a sea town in Haiti where the lives and secrets of those who have and those who have not intersect on a fateful day when a fisherman is lost at sea Though the seven year old child, Claire is the namesake of the title of this book, she is one of many characters whose stories are revealed little by little in back story But the sea itself is the main character as it is both the life blood of Ville Rose while it yet claims life N [...]


    27. 3.5 This was really a collection of interesting enough short stories that are only thinly related because the various characters all live in a small Haitian fishing village and know one another This was not a story about a missing girl The sea featured prominently Claire, not so much It was okay, but didn t wow me.


    28. Claire of the Sea Light is a beautiful, time hopping novel by Edwidge Danticat telling the interconnected stories of a few characters who live in Ville Rose in Haiti It s a novel full of tales of loss, of love, and of taking care of your own Beginning with a moment of magical realism the uncanny events of Claire s birthday each year since she was born the novel is one of rebirth and acceptance.Claire of the Sea Light is a tale of what it means to take care of your own Parents attempt to protect [...]


    29. Luminous Claire of the Sea Light is not a new book, but I d not gotten around to reading it before today The stories of motherless Claire and her neighbors wind together to create a rich and poignant tapestry of life in Haiti The themes of love, betrayal, death, and motherlessness if that s a word may seem heavy and excessively dreary for a story that centers around a 7 year old child, but Danicat s lyricism and light touch creates a world in which these disparate ideas coexist relatively peacea [...]


    30. 3 SterneDas Buch war ganz anders, als ich erwartet hatte der Klappentext ist mal wieder ziemlich mangelhaft Die miteinander verwobenen Geschichten der Bewohner von Ville Rose waren dennoch interessant, zeitweise aber etwas holprig zu lesen.


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