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Ahab's Wife

av Sena Jeter Naslund

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The adventures of Una Spenser who went to sea disguised as a cabin boy. Shipwrecked, she marries one of the survivors, then falls in love with Captain Ahab, a man obsessed with a white whale. She becomes involved in fighting slavery and in women's rights.
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    Moby Dick eller Den vita valen av Herman Melville (ecleirs24)
    ecleirs24: Cause this novel is based upon a passage from Mobi Dick......
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    Vi, de drunknade av Carsten Jensen (spiphany)
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Ultimately this book didn't come together for me, and given its size and all the individual moments that did work for me, that was a real disappointment. The language was a big problem. There are times when Naslund was mimicking the Melville's style but those times fell completely through because it lacked the sly humor and genuine bombastic passion that's all over Moby-Dick. When Naslund was solely in Una's perspective, the novel read better but then I was left wondering what was even the point of calling her Ahab's wife. Ahab doesn't show up until halfway through the book and they only get a handful of good scenes together. The rest of the time Una is traipsing about New England meeting famous historical people like Margaret Fuller and Maria Mitchell (who think she's nifty-keen of course). The first half of the book was pretty exciting, even if I did get tragedy-fatigue--once you've hit cannibalism, everything else seems superfluous--but after Una met and married Ahab, the rest of the book was a real slog. Which is a shame since that seems like it would be the focal point of this alternative look at Moby-Dick. ( )
  jobinsonlis | May 11, 2021 |
Sena Jeter Naslund creates a spell-binding novel out of a few mournful lines from Moby-Dick to create something new, beautiful, and tragic at once. I felt that the story of Una, Ahab's wife, was vastly interesting and took on a life apart from being tied to Ahab--this was one of the greatest strengths of the novel.

This is a four-star book that had some serious WUT moments that made me LOL. I don't want to spoil them, especially since this is a beautiful book and quite an interesting story of a woman's life in the early nineteenth-century United States. But a few unfortunate wink-wink moments pulled me out of the narrative and felt just a bit too smugly meta for my taste.

Should you read it? Yes. Just don't get too let down by some of the silly writing choices that occur later in the novel. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
I found this very engaging. Una, Ahab's wife is of course the main character and we follow her through her life and the traumatic events. Starting with early teenage years with her struggles with her religious father, her older teenage years where she finds her independence at the expense of her family and her own safety. She certainly went through tragic and devastating events and it was very cringeworthy at many times, although engrossing. The final epilogue wrapped the story perfectly where I was ready to close the cover after a great journey with Una. Definitely recommend but not for the light of heart! ( )
  booklovers2 | Nov 26, 2020 |
The spin-off of Ahab and Moby Dick seems like the gimmick to grab readers who might not give a saga from old New England a read otherwise. This book tries to capture ALL of life from its time period, from living in rural Kentucky with a strict religious father to life in an old fashioned lighthouse island to whaling to transcendence to abolition to new star gazing and further. Was there such clutches of broad-minded (for the era) people who were scientists, non-religious, same-sex tolerant abolitionists who had survived traumatic ship wrecks and marriage to madness? It feels a little 21st century worldview to me, as well as over-filled with drama. The life's work or pet project of its author, perhaps, or perhaps that's my 21st century literary bias and this book is simply trying to introduce Moby Dick and his time period to a new audience. I guess it depends on your own interests. ( )
  LDVoorberg | Nov 22, 2020 |
Novel, fiction, inspired by Moby Dick ( )
  lizdoc | Jun 30, 2020 |
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Naslund, the author of four previous books of fiction, is most successful here sentence to sentence, where her gift for pleasure shines. Her Una is a deep and wayward creature, undaunted by convention, whose descriptions are dense with a languid and sensual interest in the world. Unlike Ahab, Una can wait. She is not driven; for her, the world is enough.
 

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A dart tipped with pleasure and feathered with pain passed through me.
How could I … become blind? What trajectory intended for me, determined by me, could include the subtracting of sight from the sense of me?
And I thought I would not tell… Though it left me a liar, it left me having placed a higher value on Charlotte’s happiness than on my own clean conscience. But was it not arrogance in me that made me think I knew best in the matter, that my hand at the stopcock had the wisdom to regulate the flow of truth?
Sometimes my mother and I stood and looked at our faces together in the oval mirror she had brought with her from the East. … Thus, elegantly framed, my mother and I made a double portrait of ourselves for memory, by looking in the mirror.
…I have ever feared the weathervane in me. Sometimes I point toward Independence, isolation. Sometimes I rotate – my back to Independence – and I need and want my friends, my family, with a force like a gale. … I do not count myself fickle, for I have much of loyalty in me, but I am changeable.
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