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Ahab’s Wife: Or, The Star-gazer: A Novel (P.S.)

By Sena Jeter Naslund

Ahab’s Wife: Or, The Star-gazer: A Novel (P.S.)

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Started reading:
28th March 2008
Finished reading:
Not yet finished.

Review

Rating: 3

Not for me. Obvious marketing ploys begin the book. Then, after the ridiculously dramatic flash forwards, a pedestrian, overwrought narrative focuses on what looks to be a love triangle of promise. Unfortunately, the book adds a believable suicide, and a cliche girl-disguised-as-boy-goes to see, and I die the death of how many impossible things I can swallow in a book.

I KNOW that females were historically limited, but if you want to write a book about whaling ships, why not make your protagonist a boy? Or why not write a book about a strong woman in her time. Or call a spade a spade and market your book as fantasy, rather than literary fiction.

But you might feel differently than I. This book sold truckloads. Mine will, I’m sure, sell again.