- Title: Light
- Author: Margaret Elphinstone
- ISBN: 9781841958804
- Page: 452
- Format: Paperback
Set on a tiny island off the Isle of Man in 1831, Light is a family drama that reads like a pulse pounding thriller Sisters in law Lucy and Diya are raising their children together far from prying Victorian eyes, even as they dread the day the outside world will come to their island That invasion arrives in the form of a surveyor and his assistant, sent to the remote outSet on a tiny island off the Isle of Man in 1831, Light is a family drama that reads like a pulse pounding thriller Sisters in law Lucy and Diya are raising their children together far from prying Victorian eyes, even as they dread the day the outside world will come to their island That invasion arrives in the form of a surveyor and his assistant, sent to the remote outpost because a new lighthouse must be built and, according to custom of the time, a man must be found to replace the current lighthouse keeper, Lucy That Lucy does a man s job and Diya turns out to be a highly educated Indian woman shocks and confuses the men, but soon romance blossoms Faced with banishment from the only home she d ever known, Diya s hot headed daughter attempts a terrible act that may lead the family to ruin With an assured eye for capturing the alien beauty of the island, Margaret Elphinstone creates an empathetic and compassionate tale of two singular women coming to terms with a sea change in their lives.
Recent Comments "Light"
Another book in my belated travels through history and geography. A lighthouse on a remote island, cared for by generations of an impoverished family about to be evicted, set in late Victorian England. Elphinstone's writing -- tone and language -- is precisely evocative of the time and place, but so psychologically astute and sensible of the class and race issues that it feels like watching through a strong telescope from another time, our time. It's not a page-turner, but a more an observant an [...]
Favorite line: "For grown-ups all things were possible, though often they didn't seem to bother" (53).
I had loved her Voyageurs so much, I was looking forward to reading another one of her books. I will admit that it took a little bit to get into this one, for some reason, but i'm glad I stuck to it. I ended up really enjoying the book to the end, even wishing for more chapters to see what would happen to these people next Elphinstone's ability to bring characters and history to life is rare and wonderful.
I actually picked this book off the library shelves because it was a paperback and I needed something light weight to take on a trip. Besides, who can resist a title called simply "Light"? It is a deeply satisfying read.The reviewers call Elphinstone a "traditional" writer. I guess that means that the novel progresses in one direction in time, the characters are fully realized, the plot develops slowly with plenty of sensual detail, and the language is skillful and beautiful. The wild bit of isl [...]
I picked this up because I was going on a lighthouse challenge weekend with my dad and I thought it'd make good car and hotel reading. As it turns out, navigating to lighthouses is tricky and exhausting, so I did not have time to read it. I'm getting it to it immediately post-trip. So far there's good and bad. Good: lots of interesting historical information. Strong women. Promise of dual romance. Romantic setting. Realistic portrayal of children. Bad: alternativing narratives (I hate this - alw [...]
Light by Margaret Elphinstone was one of those Chapters' bargain shelf finds and a good one at that. The author portrays a family of lighthouse keepers who are now the third generation to carry on the tradition. Elphinstone draws each one, as well as the visitors to the island, in exquisite detail. She takes the reader right inside the heads of adults and children alike. I enjoyed this totally new subject for a novel, especially as the author drew each character so carefully, only giving informa [...]
Happened to grab this at the library. It was a decent book, the characters were great, and the story was very good, one that sticks with you after you are done reading. Howeverr some reason, I had such problems getting into it. It took about half the book before I was really into the story, and even then if I set it down for very long, I had to make myself pick it back up. I'd say it would be good for a bookclub read, because it would definitely give you something to talk about.
The end leaves you hanging. i would have preferred a clean resolution, but that may have been the point, since the book is all about how life changes and you can't always know what's going to happen. I liked some of the characters, I didn't like others. The two 10 year olds seemed older to me, but I'm not sure if that's because I don't spend that much time with kids, or because kids matured faster in the 1830s, or because of their relative isolation.
Probably worth a read, slowly paced but unfolds nicely. A bit hard to get into, starts out with a lot of loose ends and random info that you must hold in mind until you can build a framework for it. However, it's one of those books where I feel that the back cover blurb was written by someone who didn't actually read the book. A synopsis of a synopsis perhaps?
This was a fun book to read. It was not a great read but enjoyable because of the setting and the time frame it was set in, the characters were interesting and although I though the ending tailed off and didnot provide enough information i did enjoy the read
Wonderfully atmospheric book! I read it a couple of years ago and loved the characters and the story, so skillfully told.
I loved Voyageurs but just couldn't get into this
I read this a few years ago. My recollection (it's risky, remembering a book after time has past) is that the story and characters held my interest, and that the writing was lovely - like a painting.
Pretty good. I just found it on a shelf in the library, read the back and brought it home. I wish the ending was more clear but other than that a great story.
Enjoyed the strenght of characters. Learned about their dedication and isolation as lighthouse keepers in the Shetland Islands.
The amount of time I fell asleep reading this book.I would have made a terrible light house keeperlol
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