By Sena Jeter Naslund
From the hole line—"Captain Ahab used to be neither my first husband nor my last"—you will comprehend that you're within the fingers of a grasp storyteller and within the corporation of a desirable lady hero. encouraged via a short passage in Moby-Dick, Sena Jeter Naslund has created a captivating and compellingly readable saga, spanning a wealthy, eventful, and dramatic existence. right away a kin drama, a romantic experience, and a portrait of a true and loving marriage, Ahab's Wife offers new point of view at the American experience.
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I had been exiled for my unbelief—but that was for the ready-made mythology I inherited. Left to myself, like an innocent savage or a younger child, I toyed with objects of veneration, sought constancy and comfort in some dominant force. 40 Who else gazed skyward? The roses, whose exuberance had given me satisfaction with the extremity of nature, had ﬁrst attracted my admiration with their profuse beauty. The mass of roses lay supine atop the cottage roof. Each rose had at its center a yellow eye, gazing upward.
On the Lighthouse, as we moved in the morning of the ﬁrst day, my mother, uncle, aunt, and cousin seemed similarly deﬁned to my eye, as though they stood always against brightness. Though the cabin window’s light had seemed to elevate the dolls and make them more important than mere ﬂats of paper, here the light almost overwhelmed the human ﬁgures— my mother, my aunt and uncle, my little cousin. Four-take-away-one would leave but three to populate the moated Lighthouse. No, add one. Me. We all worked outdoors that day.
Make a square,’’ he called, and we all hopped up and circled and danced, Aunt Agatha making the call. What a jolly evening, my ﬁrst at the Lighthouse, and how my mother’s eyes sparkled beyond their loving glow! That was not all. Tired out, we sat before the ﬁre, and Frannie passed around saltwater taffy, and Aunt Agatha read Lord Byron aloud. In Kentucky, only the Bible was read aloud when we gathered, but Mother had always read me her poetry books from the trunk when Father was away. When bedtime came to the Lighthouse, my mother went to her traveling locker and took out a quilt she had made for a gift.