The River

The River Tricia Wastvedt s debut novel met with critical acclaim in England is a hypnotically readable portrait of a community scarred but eventually reawakened by its grief Two children drown during the s

  • Title: The River
  • Author: Tricia Wastvedt
  • ISBN: 9780141016856
  • Page: 435
  • Format: Paperback
  • Tricia Wastvedt s debut novel, met with critical acclaim in England, is a hypnotically readable portrait of a community scarred, but eventually reawakened, by its grief Two children drown during the summer of 1958 in the English village of Cameldip Their parents, Isabel and Robert, are bound together in guilt and anger, and as the years pass, the tragedy weaves itself inTricia Wastvedt s debut novel, met with critical acclaim in England, is a hypnotically readable portrait of a community scarred, but eventually reawakened, by its grief Two children drown during the summer of 1958 in the English village of Cameldip Their parents, Isabel and Robert, are bound together in guilt and anger, and as the years pass, the tragedy weaves itself into the invisible fabric of village life.Robert, finding solace in labor, builds several tree houses that transform the look of the town, and as the years pass the structures grow entwined with other houses It is thirty years after the tragedy when Anna, a young pregnant woman escaping her life in London, arrives in Cameldip and is taken in by Isabel As Anna slowly uncovers the secrets of the town s past, she becomes inexorably drawn into the conflict in which Isabel and Robert have been locked for three decades A story of families, old scars, and new beginnings, The River is a lyrical and haunting tale of betrayal, failure, love, and fortitude.

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    1. Another page turner, absolute thriller and I am very pleased to say, I was surprised. I can often guess what happens next, but this one had some great twists and turns all the way through. You don't realise how dark it is until you finish it. Excellent book, would highly recommend.

    2. I won The River by Tricia Wastvedt in a giveaway over at Reading Matters.The River is, at times, brilliant writing regarding description. I loved how Wastvedt captured the river and the village with its inhabitants. And while I had trouble keeping track of all the characters at first, once I got a handle on them I enjoyed how the various threads of the story wove together. Unfortunately, multiple characters acting as the narrator was confusing.The plot was entertaining, at times a little boring, [...]

    3. I was completely seduced by Wastvedt's elegant, atmospheric prose. I found myself quickly immersed in the world she describes: the small, claustrophobic village, the intriguing characters, the slow unravelling of the tragedy at the heart of the book. In my opinion though, it's not a 'perfect' novel; there were certain flaws in the plot, things that stretched my credulity just a bit too far, and some things that didn't make sense to me. Also, as a mother, I began to be irritated by the incompeten [...]

    4. I tried to read this book but I couldn't make a go of it after a week and gave up. There was too much jumping around to different times and characters and I couldn't get very involved in the story. However, since there were contributing factors to how much time I was able to spend reading, that could have had an effect on my immersion and I will leave it on my sitting-here-waiting list to try again some other day.

    5. This book was tragic yet beautifully written. The visual images it created burned into my head. I would highly recommend it.

    6. Here's the blurb on the back of the book:In the summer of 1958 two children drown while playing in a leakyboat. As the years pass the tragedy becomes part of the invisiblefabric of village life until Anna, a young pregnany woman, settlesinto the seemingly blissful village. Taken in by Isabel, the mother ofthe drowned children, Anna and her baby unknowingly awaken the griefthat has been dormant for thirty years. As Anna tries to betterunderstand the people she's come to call family and the villag [...]

    7. BookList: Cameldip is an English village harboring a haunting tragedy. The drowning death of two children ripples through the community’s life even 30 years later. When Anna comes to Cameldip for a new start in the late 1980s, she takes up lodging with Isabel but has no idea what a revelation her pregnancy will be for Isabel and the town. Telling the story in flashbacks that explore Isabel and her husband’s past, as well as the relationships of other village members, Wastvedt slowly brings r [...]

    8. In the summer of 1958 two children drown while playing in a leaky boat. As the years pass the tragedy becomes part of the invisible fabric of village life until Anna, a young pregnant woman, settles into the seemingly blissful village. Taken in by Isabel, the mother of the drowned children, Anna and her baby unknowingly awaken the grief that has been dormant for thirty years. As Anna tries to better understand the people she's come to call family and the village she's come to call home, she unco [...]

    9. The book opens with a tragic accident, when a leaky boat becomes trapped on a snag in the River Camel. It continues with stories of people living in the village by the river, many of whom are affected by the tragedy.The village itself is like a snag; there are several characters, almost all of them outsiders who drift into the village, get caught in it and entangled with each other. There are also several different time frames and chapters which follow parts of the story through different charac [...]

    10. A dark book, I found the first third a bit of a slog and was going to give it up. I found it difficult to follow, lots of characters, and the time went back and forth. I glad I persevered as all the bits came together and started to make sense ending up with a gripping tale with a defined ending - no vague tailing off which is a bugbear of mine. An unusual book, well written and a very worthwhile read.

    11. At times, brilliant writing regarding description. Unfortunately, I listened to it on CD and the narrator was not clear about each new chapter which was extremely confusing with the time shift and multiple characters. The plot was entertaining, at times alittle boring, but I wouldn't say captivating. The ending was unpredictable, though the whole story was nothing I had expected from reading the cover jacket.

    12. This is a beautifully written book and one of the best books I have read. A story which switches between events in the past & the present. A young soon to be mother arrives in a town by accident and ends up staying. The town has a hidden and disturbing past which is pieced together throughout the book. I recommend this highly. I have just started reading the authors only other book to date and cant wait to get right into it.

    13. Setting: a small English village of Cameldip. In the summer of 1958, two children drown while playing in a leaky boat. As the years pass the tragedy becomes part of the invisible fabric of village life until Anna, a young pregnant woman settles into the seemingly blissful village. Anna begins to uncover the secrets of the past & is drawn into the whisper of a ghost story that surrounds the river.

    14. An incredible writer for her use of exceptional descriptive language, which carries the reader on a journey of awe-inspiring episodes - delving into the past and philosophies of each character through colourful and enlightening segments of the story . . . and all have a personal association with The River.

    15. I'm still not certain how I feel about this book. Started listening to the audio and had to finish in print to see how things turned out. Not as I hoped. The writing is good, captivating if a bit confusing from the mulitple characters and timelines. I kept getting confused about the secondary characters. The ending is not exactly satisfying but is life?

    16. The River was a beautifully crafted story of loss and love and a beautifully written book. Tricia's ability to get into the mind of both men and women, across time and space is truly unique. Even though the premise is upsetting, Tricia's ability to deal with the subject of losing children it in unparalleled. I highly recommend this book to everyone!

    17. I read this book as part of my reading group selected read. It was hard to get into with lots of switches between characters and timelines, improved and I emjoyed some of the characters and some of the minor storylines, but left towards the end new characters were introduced with no real role. I felt disappointed by the ending.

    18. Loved loved it but it is very sad.Sometimes when tragedy occurs, nothing gets put right.Set in a small village in southern England with lots of interesting characters this multi-generational tale shows us the twists the heart can take when burdened with grief and unhappiness.I would recommend this to anyone except perhaps the parents of young children.Great ending.

    19. It didn't help that every time I saw Cameldip I changed it to Cameltoe in my head. That probably set the tone for me taking it seriously (or not). Not sure about this book, I was easily confused with all the characters and jumping around through time; it was also difficult to leave long gaps between reading as I'd forget who was who and the relationships between them. Ending was as expected.

    20. This was a page turner! The loss of 2 children in a tragic drowning affects the members of a small community in different ways. Each new character she introduces is subtly connected to each other and adds to the suspense of the story- I was very surprised at the ending she chose!

    21. This story had lots of history that kept running into the current story line. The characters turned up in a variety of ways and so I was constantly having to rebuild my image of who they were, their motives and the complexity of their lives.

    22. This was a really enjoyable, dark read. Layered, intricate plot, interesting and mysteriously motivated characters (as in real life). Starts slow but builds to a can't-put-down climax. I would highly recommend it!

    23. Story about a drama that happened 30 years ago, with lines going back and forth in time. The drama, children drown in the river, influences on many lives. The end is quite awful, far from a happy end.

    24. Lots of characters to keep up with, but the ending is a bit of a surprise. Interesting story to see how intertwined everyone is in a small village in England. The book goes faster after you overcome the first few chapters of being introduced to all of the characters.

    25. Didn't make much of an impression! I stopped reading it over Xmas/New Year & when I picked it up again I couldn't even remember what it was about. Didn't bother trying to finish it.

    26. I really tried with this book. I know some readers have given it rave reviews and found it moving and memorable. I found it to be confusing, monotonous, and really rather slow. I was disappointed.

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