Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique
What’s it about?
I thought this novel was going to drown me. I say that not knowing if that was a good or bad feeling.... It depended on the part of the book I was on as to whether I was content to be drowning in the book, or fighting to get out of the depths of the Bradshaw family! The book takes place in the Virgin Islands. It is a big family saga with lots of magical illusions that could only happen "in the islands".
What did it make me think about?
This made me think about indigenous people everywhere. What happens to a culture and a people when others decide they want the land they have always lived on?
Should I read it?
If you are a fan of magical realism and love a big long saga then this is the book for you. I found it dragged at times for me. It has several narrators and some I liked more than others. The writer has a promising future but parts of the novel were stronger for me than others.
“Family can be like an anchor. An anchor may tether you. An anchor may also pull and sink your ship.”
Incest is a theme throughout this novel. Was Ms. Yanique trying to draw a parallel between Eeona/ Captain Bradshaw and the Virgin Islands /U.S.?
If you liked this try-
The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht
100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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― Charles William Eliot
3 to 4- I found some aspect of this book redeeming but would not recommend it.
5 to 6- I really enjoyed something about this book (characters, plot, meaning etc.) but it was uneven. Some aspects were stronger than others.
7 to 8- It was a good book. I liked lots of aspects of this book. I would recommend it.
9 to 10- I was sorry to turn the last page. I highly recommend this book!