Sample Saturday – whaling, a lost child, and boarding school


Sample Saturday is when I wade through the eleventy billion samples I have downloaded on my Kindle. I’m slowly chipping away and deciding whether it’s buy or bye.

The North Water by Ian McGuire

Why I have it: Heather at Bits & Books wrote a great review.

Summary: A battle between two men and the battle to capture a whale, all set in the harsh hunting waters of the arctic circle.

I’m thinking: Yes. Although the writing style doesn’t sing to me, the opening chapter lures. Am I starting a whaling story binge? Maybe…

The Light on the Water by Olga Lorenzo

Why I have it: Caught my eye after a few Goodreads friends were all reading it at the same time.

Summary: Mother loses her child on a bushwalk and is then charged with her murder.

I’m thinking: No – feels like one of those stories where the plot is set in the first chapter and you can see exactly where it is heading.

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

Why I have it: Rory included it in her last #6 Degrees chain and now I’m wondering why I’ve never read it.

Summary: A boarding school (in New England, no less) and two friends (both very different), coming of age during the early years of World War II.

I’m thinking: Yes – it’s a modern classic, right? And boarding school. And New England.

7 responses

  1. “A Seperate Peace” is most certainly an American Classic, in the Young Adult literature category. John Knowles was a graduate of the elite Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire (think: America’s version of Eton)…and this novel’s setting is modeled after Knowles experience there in 1943, during the summer. The 1972 film version of “A Seperate Peace” was filmed in-and-around Exeter.

    Famous alumni of Exeter include: Mark Zuckerberg, and novelists, John Irving, Gore Vidal, Robert Benchley (journalist), Peter Benchley, James Agee (poet), Booth Tarkington, Dan Brown, George Plimpton (screenwriter), Chang Rae-Lee, and Joyce Maynard.

  2. First, sorry for the million years late comment. Second – thanks for the shout out! I reeeeeaaaalllllly hope I didn’t overhype the book for you! What did you think in the end?

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