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The Glass Ocean POSSIBLE SPOILERSSeductive prose that reflects the themes and conceits of the novel The ocean in the rhythms its tides and currents and strange depths is turned into flowing language and cadences Somehow Lori Baker also manages to marry art and science in her language at times the poetic and dreamlike language becomes analytical almost taxonomic such as in the long lists that appear on a page Beautiful synchronicity of style and themeI loved the settings of the ship of scientific endeavour in the 1840s ploughing the waves in exotic climes then the return to cold and claustrophobic Victorian Whitby with its narrow twisting steepnesses and the cold dark torrent flowing beneath the Birdcage Birdcage prison? sanctuary? So much that one could unpick and write about in this novelI was aware that I didn't really like either of the two main characters Leo or Clotilde But this did not seem to impede my enthusiasm for the book Leo's obsession with Clotilde painted shades of Wuthering Heights for me in the doomed obsession of Heathcliff with CathyDoes the bold and arresting decision to go with Carlotta as first person narrator entirely work? She is not present cannot be as she is not yet born for most of the events described She haunts the book like a ghost from the future Very effective but on first reading at least I'm not sure it is 100% consistent But it might be Does anyone have any thoughts? I'd love to hear themLife is laid bare here viewed as under a microscope The internal workings of the human heart are exposed examined and exhibited like specimens in a bell jar or butterflies on a pin board I will not star this book because I uit at page 54 Received it in a goodreads giveawaySeems to be the type of book that wins a literary award and lingers about a century longer than it should to torment high school students by being an enforced reading assignment I have no doubt that some overeducated academic will espouse that this book is well written because of this or that; but I think it's just really wordy and obnoxiousThe author has chosen to thumb her nose at what would be considered conventionally good sentence flow by waffling between sentences that are really really long Some over 100 words Just because you can doesn't mean you should and others that are short and choppy A book with this many sentences started with the word and or but should come with a warningHere is a small Vocabulary Sample taken from those 54 pages that I readoccludedmandiblesmal de merambergrisobseuiousI thought the book was really boring and I didn't like it That being said; I'm sure this book will find it's audience but that audience isn't me This has to be one of the most beautifully written books I’ve read so far this year The prose’s lushness left me stunned many times and the story itself is delicately written I loved the way the story was told with the narrator weaving the plot along almost making it happen as she imagines it There were so many fabulous details of the Victorian period including details to do with ships and seafaring that the reader really felt immersed in the age The story is like an old kind of worn piece of lace that is lightly yellowing intricate and pungent The characters especially Clotilde are fascinating The author manages to bring them to life in such a way that they are never overwhelmed by the atmosphere or the details This is not easy to achieve in such an elaborate novel as this one is Characters usually fall by the wayside when details are so strong and the Gothic atmosphere is so rich so I was so glad to find that it was not the case in this one If you love literary fiction historical fiction or both and enjoy gorgeous writing then I highly recommend this one Perhaps one of best and smartest books I've read the uality of the writing is amazing and the narrative shook me Carlotta is trying to find her way in the face of being abandoned by both her mother and her father and to understand their obsessions their reasons for doing something so unthinkable She is an empathic narrator she has empathy even to the point where she tries to understand the actions that hurt her to the core Even to the point is the wonder of the world she describes the sea voyage glassmaking the world of Victorian naturalists; and then the magical world that glimmers just beyond This book reuires attentive reading A friend of mine who gave me the book told me that she read it twice and she got out of the book the second time through I read it twice as well and figure I'll go back for a third reading There's so much layered into this book doublings of various sorts the book works like a really complex piece of music with themes and motifs building off one another little clues dropped in in one context that come to mean so much later Leo's secret project alluded to at various points being the making of a glass Clotilde stopping time in its track stopping life and love in its tracks is something I had not guessed at but which seemed so right and it gave this book a powerful sense of emotional conclusion or near conclusion Carlotta's seeing that glass finger in the last chapter a remnant of that project she saw in Leo's studioshed for only a moment makes her search for her parents all the meaningful and disturbingly beautiful This is not an easy book or a uick read This is truly a book of serious literature a rare bird but a gorgeous one I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads giveawayThe beginning of this novel began slowly for me At first I had to push myself to keep reading a little bit every night until finally the story picked up in the second section After that I found the book to be a wonderful escape I could very easily place myself in the world Lori Baker created around the lives of several tragic characters The middle of the book for me was fast reading and thoroughly enjoyable The end slowed down a bit again but was nonetheless essential to the telling of the storyThe characters are certainly odd in a very good way I grew to despise Clotilde her characterization is fantastic in that it made it very easy to hate her Leo again is characterized well along with Thomas Argument and William Cloverdale Harry Owen is at times difficult to get a strong sense of as well as Carlotta the narrator However each character is interesting each character is obviously a flawed being in their constant obsessions and longings which make them uniue literary specimensThe language is beautiful and poetic which I appreciated but I could see how it would make other readers impatient Baker's novel is literary in the sense that the description of simple scenes is detailed and the crafting of language is artistic rather than solely entertainingI would recommend this book but be cautioned that not everything in the novel makes perfect sense I had to get over my desire for things to make sense in order to really enjoy the novel Once I expected that some things wouldn't be logical I tended to understand a little better which made it a different interesting read This is an exuisite and harrowing work of literary fiction So many images and passages will stay with me I grew to care deeply for each of the three main characters – the heartbreaking narrator and her two exceptional parents – even when I did not always like what they did I found myself marveling at the beautiful uality and control of language – on par with the best lyrical fiction — and the remarkably rich sensory world I have to say that Lori Baker's ability to bring art and science to life made this book a particular favorite This is one of those rare books where I was emotionally spent when I finished – it was a truly beautiful and cathartic experience This book employs lush poetic language I would go so far as to say that the rhythms of language are central to the characterizations and setting of the book The author's work with phrasing with the momentum of clauses within a sentence and how they conjure an atmosphere era and person was a great pleasure for me though I would acknowledge that for those readers who want a plot driven novel this style might be discomfiting It's clear that an enormous amount of research went into the writing Victorian science and craftwork travel narratives and details of attire and furnishing all seem precisely depicted but Baker manages this without creating a phony or strained diction and I say this as an avid reader of Victorian novels She has the ability to see and hear a distant world despite its hardships as beautiful spooky and funny as sticky door is disinclinedThe Glass Ocean is a novel that is best read slowly One should savor the texture of the novel's language as intrinsic to its meaning its tonal shifts and through that means the very human characters make their way into the reader's sensibility and linger in mind Fascinating story based on uirky obsessive real people The point of view was bizarre inconsistent the narrator speaks from the POV of an unborn child who somehow can see everything about her parents' lives and be inside their minds before she was even conceived That was hard to take but the characters are portrayed with passion and subtlety I'd put it halfway into the magical realism genre but also suarely into historical fiction with gorgeous period detail A story of love art and obsession in Victorian England from debut novelist Lori Baker The Glass Ocean is a story of becoming Flamehaired six foot two in stocking feet newly orphaned Carlotta Dell’oro recounts the lives of her parents—solitary glassmaker Leopoldo Dell’oro and beautiful unreachable Clotilde Girard—and discovers in their loves and losses their omissions and obsessions the circumstances of her abandonment and the weight of her inheritance With a master artisan’s patience and exuisite craft debut novelist Lori Baker has created a gemlike Victorian world a place where mistakes of the past reappear in the future art can destroy and family is not to be trusted Leopoldo and Clotilde meet in 1841 aboard the Narcissus on an expedition led by Clotilde’s magnanimous adventuring father It’s Leopoldo’s task to document the animals of the high sea and by his skilled hand the drawings become the only record of these secretive creatures’ existence But what possesses his mind is golden Clotilde and soon his papers fill with images of her beginning a devotion that will prove inescapable Clotilde meanwhile sees only her dear papa but when he goes missing she is pushed to Leopoldo returning with him to the craggy English shores of Whitby the place to which Leopoldo vowed he would never return There they form an uneasy coexistence lost  to each other Clotilde asks only for her papa and Leopoldo turns to town where he finds himself in the employ of a local glassblower There he begins to conceive his newest project transforming his sketches into glass blowing life and light into the darkest creatures But in finding his art he surrenders Clotilde and the distance between the two is only confirmed by the birth of baby Carlotta Years have passed and Carlotta is now grown A friend from the past comes to Whitby and with his arrival sets in motion the Dell’oros’ inevitable disintegration Soon Carlotta is left alone to determine the course of her future though perhaps it is written already In hypnotic inimitable prose Lori Baker’s The Glass Ocean transforms a story of family into something as otherworldly and mesmerizing as life beneath the sea itself This is a slow book One that allows the beauty of the language to tell the story without giving too much away Carlotta is an orphan that creates the story of her parents as she tells it imagining what they would have felt or said or done Although a sad story it is beautifully written and one that I am very glad to have immersed myself in This was a Goodreads Giveaway


About the Author: Lori Baker

Lori Baker's books include a novel The Glass Ocean and three short story collections Crash & Tell Stories Crazy Water Six Fictions and Scraps She has taught writing at Brown University Wheaton College in Norton Massachusetts and Boston College She lives and works in Providence Rhode Island


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