April 27th, 2016

Real Life: Books

Book Review: The Edge of the Earth

Time for another review.

The Edge of the Earth by Christina Schwarz.

This is one of the last book I bought. The cover called to me at the store and, when I read the synopsis, I thought it might be an entertaining book... after all I've always been always fond of love stories. But this is NOT a love story. It's a story about a young woman and her journey of self discovery. This book was an unexpected surprise.

The Edge of the Earth

Originally published: 2013
Author: Christina Schwarz
Genres: Novel
(reading time: Apr 21 - April 27)
On the back of the book we read this:

Trudy, who can argue Kant over dinner and play a respectable portion of Mozart’s Serenade in G major, has been raised to marry her childhood friend and assume a life of bourgeois comfort in Milwaukee. She knows she should be pleased, but she’s restless instead, yearning for something she lacks even the vocabulary to articulate. When she falls in love with enigmatic and ambitious Oskar, she believes she’s found her escape from the banality of her preordained life.

But escape turns out to be more fraught than Trudy had imagined. Alienated from family and friends, the couple moves across the country to take a job at a lighthouse at Point Lucia, California—an unnervingly isolated outcropping, trapped between the ocean and hundreds of miles of inaccessible wilderness. There they meet the light station’s only inhabitants—the formidable and guarded Crawleys. In this unfamiliar place, Trudy will find that nothing is as she might have predicted, especially after she discovers what hides among the rocks

You can understand why I thought this book was about a love story. I could have not been more wrong.

Trudy is a young privileged girl when we first meet her. She is just 19, and all her life has been planned for her by her parents, but she seems okay with it on the surface. Deep down she needs more so, when Oskar steps into her life, she lets him take her away from all that is familiar into the unknown (where - in the end - she finds herself).

Oskar seems like a dreamer at first (I'll tell you this: he's just a dick who believes he's the smartest prick in the room). He takes the job at the lighthouse, because he thinks that a tedious job like that can give him the time to think and work on his various projects. He tends to get tired of things when they don't go the way they should, and he probably knows he's smart but not smart enough to actually do something valuable with his life, or maybe he just lack of focus. Trudy instead is so much stronger than she realizes, and extremely resourceful. She adapts to that life finding a purpose, first as a teacher for the Crawley kids (unpaid job and commitment that she keeps until the end, even when she have to take care of Oskar work, tend to him and tend to the house) and then as a scientist (she starts to catalogue the unknown species that lives in the areas). Five grownups and four kids living 3 days away from the nearest city. They see new people 3, 4 times a year when a boat brings to them provisions (can food and other stuff) and mail.

This would make the book interesting by itself but try to add a mysterious native indian woman who lives in a cave by the beach who have a past which interlaces with the lives of the inhabitants of the lighthouse... Even better, right? And try to immagine what Oskar wants to do with her in order to be recognized as the genious he is by the people of the civilized world.

Every character is described with impeccable care as well as their surroundings. The author did a wonderful job and I will definitely read more of her work.
Mood: Sassy

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Poll #2043354 What Should I watch Next?

May is getting closer, that can only mean one thing: all my shows (the majority) are coming to an end! My TV calendar will turn from full to empty so... What should I watch next?

The 100
How To get Away With Murder
The Americans
House Of Cards
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