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Would you listen to The Sealwoman's Gift again? Why?
I went right back to the beginning when it was over. Poetic writing. Heart-wrenching story where the spirit of kindness prevails. Thought provoking exploration of religion, slavery and human relationships. Historical fiction at its best.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sally has spun a marvelously moving tale. It’s a story of women - and a woman, Áste - trying to survive, hold on to family and their own identities in a man’s world, no matter where in the world. It could be a story of 2018, as well as 1628. Katherine narrates the audiobook beautifully, lifting the words off the page in the oral tradition of Áste and Scheherazade.
What did you like most about The Sealwoman's Gift?
Such an unusual setting and era - opened a door on a part of history that we know so little about. Explored the unimaginable: what it would be like to be captured and sold into slavery. Went beyond the horror of that idea and told an absorbing tale of change, loss, hope and ultimate faithfulness.
What other book might you compare The Sealwoman's Gift to, and why?
Daughter of Fire and Ice
Similar part of the world. Unusual. A peep into a moment in history.
Which character – as performed by Katherine Manners – was your favourite?
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
a life beyond the unimaginable: sold into slavery
Any additional comments?
Beautifully written; excellent pace; wonderful characters, sympathetically created and developed.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I must say that as idyllic as Iceland seemed, refreshing glacial rivers, colourful Puffins (to eat!), the writing was so good that I could almost feel the cold. From a female perspective, given the situation of being a slave in a warm country with good food and pleasant surroundings as compared with being a free person, freezing, damp and hungry - I would be seriously torn.
Sally Magnusson has woven an excellent work of fiction around this real-life historical incident. I attended a talk given by Sally in Pitlochry when Sally herself read from her book and remarked that it would be perfect if she did the narration herself. However, Katherine Manners did a flawless narration and did not let Sally’s book down at all. Katherines’s pronunciation of the Icelandic family names and places was so good I would not be surprised to hear she was Icelandic herself - excellent.
Even the ending, which I will not spoil, it was not what I was hoping for, but very true to life rather than fiction.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful