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The Resource Safe from the sea, Peter Geye

Safe from the sea, Peter Geye

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Safe from the sea
Title
Safe from the sea
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Peter Geye
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eng
Summary
"Set against the powerful lakeshore landscape of northern Minnesota, Safe from the Sea is a ... novel in which a son returns home to reconnect with his estranged and dying father thirty-five years after the tragic wreck of a Great Lakes ore boat that the father only partially survived and that has divided them emotionally ever since. When his father for the first time finally tells the story of the horrific disaster he has carried with him so long, it leads the two men to reconsider each other. Meanwhile, Noah's own struggle to make a life with an absent father has found its real reward in his relationship with his sagacious wife, Natalie, whose complications with infertility issues have marked her husband's life in ways he only fully realizes as the reconciliation with his father takes shape. Peter Geye has delivered an archetypal story of a father and son, of the tug and pull of family bonds, of Norwegian immigrant culture, of dramatic shipwrecks and the business and adventure of Great Lakes shipping ..."--Jacket
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  • This finely crafted first novel takes place in the wooded areas around a small lake north of Duluth and in the tempestuous waters of Lake Superior. The history of the family at the center of the novel, the Torrs, encompasses both areas and is a prolonged story of resentment and recrimination. When his estranged father asks him for help, Noah Torr travels to the lakeside cabin to find his father dying and determined to reconcile some of the bitterness from the past. This is primarily a study of the lives and relations of the two men and on the calamitous effect that the sinking of the ore ship Ragnarok had on them. The suspense of the tight plot originates less in external action than in the two men’s increasing focus on the disaster in Lake Superior. The third-person narration skillfully interweaves tales of the past with the reality of the present. Give this book to readers of David Guterson and Robert Olmstead, who will be captured by the themes of approaching death and the pain and solace provided by nature. -- Loughran, Ellen (Reviewed 09-01-2010) (Booklist, vol 107, number 1, p46)
  • In this deeply moving, powerfully realized debut novel, an estranged father and son find reconciliation in the final week of the father's life. Under the pressure of a terminal illness, the two finally speak honestly about their dreams, regrets, and choices. Setting his book almost entirely in the father's ramshackle cabin near Duluth, MN, Geye tackles the subjects of death, dying, and living with admirable insight and courage. Olaf, the father, is a curmudgeonly, headstrong former ship's captain who was one of three survivors from a massive coal freighter that sank on Lake Superior. Olaf lost many close friends and was haunted for the rest of his life by the memory of one friend he felt he could have saved. This event had catastrophic repercussions for his young family. VERDICT Geye engages the complexities of family dynamics skillfully and handles especially well the kind of family grudges and misunderstandings that can cripple relationships for decades, as they do here. Inspiring, wise, and enthusiastically recommended for all readers.— Patrick Sullivan, Manchester Community Coll., CT --Patrick Sullivan (Reviewed September 15, 2010) (Library Journal, vol 135, issue 15, p58)
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371652
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Geye, Peter
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
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  • Fathers and sons
  • Prodigal son (Parable)
  • Sea stories
  • Minnesota
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Safe from the sea, Peter Geye
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
791969
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
244 pages
Isbn
9781609530082
Lccn
2010023074
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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  • (Sirsi) i9781609530082
  • (OCoLC)640917771
Label
Safe from the sea, Peter Geye
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
791969
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
244 pages
Isbn
9781609530082
Lccn
2010023074
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781609530082
  • (OCoLC)640917771

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