[Read] (The Light Between Oceans)

  • Hardcover
  • 362
  • The Light Between Oceans
  • M.L. Stedman
  • English
  • 02 June 2020
  • 9781451681734

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The Light Between Oceans Read & Download ï 4 Return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world Their choice has devastated one of them M L Stedman's mesmerizing beautifully written debut novel seduces us into accommodating Isabel's decision to keep this gift from God And we are swept into a story about extraordinarily compelling characters seeking to find their North Star in a world where there is no right answer where justice for one person is another's tragic lo. i found this story to be rather simple but theres a certain kind of attractiveness present in its simplicity the uncomplicated nature of the storytelling really allowed me to not only imagine but connect with the loneliness of being the sole lighthouse keeper on an isolated island the unforgiving beauty of the sea and the uaintness of a sleepy seaside australian town its definitely the writing and the atmosphere it creates that propels this story oh and tom tom deserves every good thing in this world and i know i would hop on the first boat out to his little island to play lighthouse keeper with him loli will say i wasnt really a fan of the plot in the second half of the book only because it made me resent isabel which in turn made me feel bad for tom but im not a parent so maybe i just couldnt empathise with her in that particular situation regardless the strong evocative ability of the storytelling definitely makes reading this book worthwhile 4 stars

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The Light Between Oceans Read & Download ï 4 Iages and one stillbirth the grieving Isabel hears a baby's cries on the wind A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby Tom whose records as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war wants to report the man and infant immediately But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast Against Tom's judgment they claim her as their own and name her Lucy When she is two Tom and Isabel. The book 4 starsThe audiobook negative 1000 stars on that laterThis book was a soul crushing catch 22 The decisions the characters had to make and the options they are presented with range from totally awful to not all that great It was interesting to read a book that felt the entire way through like there is no chance for a happy ending Which bad option will be the outcome The audiobook is terrible So bad that I will never listen to another book by this reader Noah Taylor His odd inflections weird and freuent pauses poor enunciation and whispering made this painful to listen to As much as I did enjoy the book I was thankful when it was over

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The Light Between Oceans Read & Download ï 4 Librarian's note An alternate cover edition can be found here Australia 1926 After four harrowing years fighting on the Western Front Tom Sherbourne returns home to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock nearly half a day's journey from the coast To this isolated island where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best Tom brings a young bold and loving wife Isabel Years later after two miscarr. On the Offshore Lights you can live any story you want to tell yourself and no one will say you re wrong not the seagulls not the prisms not the windSo Isabel floats further and further into her world of divine benevolence where prayers are answered where babies arrive by the will of God and the working of currents There s this married couple their names are Tom and Isabel For the purposes of this review Tom Doormat and Isabel Batshit Crazy but we ll shorten it to Batshit It s 1926 Australia we re on a rock it s actually called Janus Rock in the ocean in the middle of nowhere and considering we re in Australia it s even middle of nowhere erDoormat is a lighthouse keeper He records the motion of the ocean the way of the waves the bodies that wash ashore and all of that Well not so much the bodies that wash ashore because that happens just once and apparently once is one time too many because that didn t turn out well at allThe day when a man dies and is washed ashore is called the day of the miracle Hoooooo kay Whatever you call it BatshitOk here s the situation One day a dead body washes ashore Along with it is a wee lil baby a living baby Batshit is a woman who desperately wants a child She has suffered from multiple stillbirths and is grieving and is going slowly mad because of it A long time ago she was a woman who had a lot of joy and happiness in her It was what attracted Doormat to Batshit in the first place he wondered what other secrets lay behind her playful smile 8 years later we know what secret lies behind that playful smile Pure unadulterated lunacyBatshit wants a child A baby washes ashore Huzzah It s a miracle Only the baby s not theirs to keep Sure it s 1926 And sure it s Australia the wild land populated by criminals and kangaroos and wombats or maybe that s New Zealand and people who speak really really strangely Izzy Tom called Izzy wait Don t do your nana love He s not But she was already too far off to hear the rest of his words She Tom considered whether to explain She got the wrong end of the stick about it Sorry She s chucked a wobbly Once she does that all you can do is batten down the hatches and wait for it to pass Means I ll be making sandwiches for lunch I m afraid But in this lawless land in this lawless time there are still regulations and shit to be followed That s why Tom s there working as the lighthouse keeper So when a dead man and a living baby washes ashore Tom s got a whole lot of fucking paperwork to fill out It s all got to go in the log pet You know I ve got to report everything straightaway Tom said for his duties included noting every significant event at or near the light station from passing ships and weather to problems with the apparatus Only he doesn t Because his beloved Batshit insists on keeping the baby for just a little bit longer the way a 4 year old child says Please daddy I ll go to bed in just 5 minutes It ain t gonna happen It s never going to be just five fucking minutes and Batshit isn t just planning to keep the poor half dead baby just oooooooooone day Despite what Doormat tells her against all fucking common sense to just you know turn the baby in to proper authorities Batshit doesn t fucking listen Then the baby s probably got a mother waiting for it somewhere onshore tearing her hair out How would you feel if it was yours You saw the cardigan The mother must have fallen out of the boat and drowned Sweetheart we don t have any idea about the mother Or about who the man was It s the most likely explanation isn t it Infants don t just wander off from their parents Izzy anything s possible We just don t know When did you ever hear of a tiny baby setting off in a boat without its mother She held the child a fraction closer Oh logic you really fucking got it eh Batshit Sure the baby s mother isn t there She must be dead Somehow Her body must be on the bottom of the ocean floor The baby can t POSSIBLY have another relative on landMakes perfect fucking sense To someone who belongs in Bedlam asylum not to be mistaken for Arkham asylum This isn t Batman Do they have a Bedlam franchise in AustraliaPoor Doormat s got a crisis of conscience He wants to do the right thing but he s just so fucking in love with Batshit that he gives in Totally whipped I suppose at a pinch he conceded the words coming with great difficulty I could leave the signal until the morning First thing though As soon as the light s out Yeah so they wait one day to turn the baby in And the next thing you know Batshit s breast feeding the baby Well that escalated uickly Oh little sweetheart she murmured and slowly unbuttoned her blouse Seconds later the child had latched on fast sucking contentedly though only a few drops of milk cameThey had been like that for a good while when Tom entered the kitchen How s the He stopped in mid sentence arrested at the sightIsabel looked up at him her face a mixture of innocence and guilt It was the only way I could get her to settle But Well Alarmed Tom couldn t even frame his uestions She was desperate Wouldn t take the bottle But but she took it earlier I saw her Uh ok So the baby can bottle feed it s just convenient to breastfeed her And then next thing you know the baby s got a name We need to welcome Lucy and say a prayer for her poor father If that s who he was said Tom And Lucy Well she needs a name Lucy means light so it s perfect isn t it Seriously what the fuck Now all thought of turning the baby in to the authorities is out the window because how the fuck is poor Doormat going to explain the fact that they kept the baby for weeks gave her a name breastfed her didn t notify the authorities right away and didn t notify the authorities that they found a dead body that might be her father Clearly they re in some deep fucking doodooAnd Batshit is there in her little land of happiness contented with the fact that she has her wewy own baby Let s just forget about the fact that the baby may or may not still have a mother or a relative Let s just throw out all reason out the window Izzy Izzy You know I d do anything for you darl but whoever that man is and whatever he s done he deserves to be dealt with properly And lawfully for that matter What if the mother s not dead and he s got a wife fretting waiting for them both What woman would let her baby out of her sight Face it Tom she must have drowned What woman would let her baby out of her sight Maybe a desperate one Maybe one who gave her to a nanny while she was away GuhSo there they live in blissful happy ostrich in the sand land for several years Until they realize that well shit the baby s mother might be alive And she ain t a bad person or a despicable person Funny how lives turn out isn t it Born to money than you can shake a stick at went all the way to Sydney University to get a degree in something or other married the love of her life and you see her now sometimes wandering about like she s got no home to go to So as it turned out the baby s mother is alive and breathing And wealthy And scared and lost and lonely because she s lost her husband AND her child Poor Hannah may be rich but she s had to fight for her love She fought to marry a German and this was pretty bad considering this is post WWI Her father disinherited her she had to work menial labor she had to suffer a lot to marry the love of her life And now her husband may be dead somewhere she doesn t know because Batshit and Doormat never reported the dead body and her daughter may be dead somewhere she doesn t know because Batshit and Doormat never reported FINDING A FUCKING BABYSo Hannah is now searching for her husband and daughter She is wealthy because her father has accepted her again If Batshit and Doormat returned the baby Lucy who s like a small child by now Lucy will have a happy life with a loving mother a loving aunt and a doting grandfather not to mention she ll be rich as fuck Settled for life yo The natural thing the good thing to do would be to give Lucy that futureBut of course they re not called Doormat and Batshit by me for nothingSo there s poor Hannah In mourning Desolate ChildlessAnd here s how Batshit reacts to that Hannah had a terrible tragedy a few years ago Family lost at sea her husband and a daughter who would have been about your girl s age by now She s always asking that sort of thing Seeing little ones sets her off Dreadful Isabel managed to mutter Understatement of the fucking centuryThe Romance There is no romance in this book It is a love borne out of madness and obsession It is a love that is full of mindless devotion on Doormat s part with pure emotional manipulation on Batshit s part How can you be so hard hearted All you care about is your rules and your ships and your bloody light These were accusations Tom had heard before when wild with grief after her miscarriages Isabel had let loose her rage against the only person there the man who continued to do his duty who comforted her as best he could but kept his own grieving to himself Doormat s mad devotion to his wife will eventually be his own downfall and as we will learn towards the climax of the book that love is truly a one way streetOverall This book didn t convince me of anything There were morality issues that failed to send any sort of message besides that of crazy woman is crazy life sucks and men need to grow some balls I didn t like any of the main characters I ended up being sympathetic to Hannah aka poor mom who lost the kid which made it all the frustrating when crazy woman is constantly shoved in our faceMaybe I m not supposed to like the main characters but why the hell should I bother to read a book if everything about it frustrates me