Oystercatchers

Oystercatchers Sixteen year old Amy lies in a coma Moira eleven years older spends the evenings at her sister s bedside telling the story of her own life her secrets her shameful actions and her link to the acc

  • Title: Oystercatchers
  • Author: SusanFletcher
  • ISBN: 9780007190256
  • Page: 176
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sixteen year old Amy lies in a coma Moira, eleven years older, spends the evenings at her sister s bedside, telling the story of her own life her secrets, her shameful actions, and her link to the accident that has brought Amy to this bed In her second novel, Susan Fletcher probes the troubled bond between two sisters how their lives are undone by the tumultuous forcesSixteen year old Amy lies in a coma Moira, eleven years older, spends the evenings at her sister s bedside, telling the story of her own life her secrets, her shameful actions, and her link to the accident that has brought Amy to this bed In her second novel, Susan Fletcher probes the troubled bond between two sisters how their lives are undone by the tumultuous forces of envy and loneliness and, in the end, how love emerges as the greatest force of all.

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    1. This book came highly recommended to me by someone with whom I share many favorite books, someone who Loved the story, Loved the writing. I did not love this book.Moira was SO difficult a character; I know that is what the author tried to do, and she did it. But it is damn hard to hang on when the main character is a stone and you have to find compassion and insight through teeny tiny glimpses or pure guess-work. I was thinking of other dark novels I consider great - The Road, for one, and how t [...]

    2. Susan Fletcher's Oystercatchers is breathtaking and utterly beautiful. I very much enjoyed Eve Green and The Silver Dark Sea, and almost loved Let Me Tell You About a Man I Knew, but this is my favourite of her novels to date. The prose throughout is beautiful, as is the way in which Fletcher builds up our multi-layered protagonist, Moira. The descriptions are sensual, and the structure works marvellously. Oystercatchers is beguiling and startling; it is a quiet novel with a real power to it.

    3. I don't understand why people have said this book isn't as good as her first book Eve Green, perhaps it speaks to me because I see myself (another pisces) in Moira, and I've been to Stackpole, Broad Haven and looked on Skomer Island?The brilliance of this book is subtle and it only just hit me today as I was researching the origins of Mary Magdelene's pagan origins that it struck me, the names are important in this novel.Miriam - an older version of Mary (origins Mari - Sea Mother)Moira - also M [...]

    4. I really liked 'Eve Green' by Susan Fletcher - her prose style is so poetic and beautiful - so couldn't resist picking her new novel up when I spotted it at the library.After making a false start, I began the book again and found it difficult to put down, rushing through to the end. As in 'Eve Green', the descriptions of the landscapes are breathtaking. This book is largely set at bleak stretches of coastline in both Pembrokeshire and north Norfolk, and follows the life of Moira, a quiet and stu [...]

    5. Moira sits by the hospital bed of her sixteen year old comatose sister and tells her all of the things that her sister's arrival changed in her life. When Amy was born, it abruptly changed the trajectory of eleven year old Moira's existence and took her down a completely different path in life. This was another of my favorite quiet novels about sisters who never quite connect until it is too late. Beautifully written, my only wish is that I had been able to read this all in one sitting instead o [...]

    6. Another wonderful book by Susan Fletcher. She writes beautifully, as much poetry as prose, creating a landscape as vital to the novel as the characters. She is so skilled in capturing the beauty and isolation of Welsh sea coast with hints of sea lore, magic and a bittersweet melancholy woven into her characters. "I was dark and silent. A sea baby."She can create a flawed female character but still give her strength and depth without turning her into a victim. I finished January 2016 with a Susa [...]

    7. Can this be as good as her Eve Green? One of the components that is the same is her ability to make the natural world a part of the story. This time it is the sea primarily, and because of that, for me, it makes this one just slightly better.Fletcher alternates between a first person narrative - Moira - and that of third person limited. This works because it feels as if Moira only switches to telling her story in third person. We know only what Moira knows and sees. The prose is easy. Elsewhere, [...]

    8. I really enjoyed this book, I found it very engrossing and couldn't put it down. The protagonist Moira is very quirky and she is definitely the centre of the book. A lot of the circumstances are down to her actions. I am sure the outcome would've been different had she behaved differently.Moira is a very awkward character to like but during her childhood years a lot of her actions were understandable if a little precocious and detached for a child of her age. If I were her mother I would of enco [...]

    9. One of the most beautiful books I have ever read. Sheer poetry. Every sentence to be treasured and savored. If I could give this book a 10, I would. A book to reread, to keep. Will be reading all of her other books too. Susan Fletcher takes words and creates magic, she paints with them, they sing off the page, they entice and enthrall. I was mesmerized, lost within the pages of this book. Didn't want it to end. Every sentence in this book is perfection and it was hard to choose but here are a fe [...]

    10. At times stark, bleak and melancholy, like the coast perhaps, but beautifully so; poignant and tender. I enjoyed this slow moving story of remorse and loss, and Fletcher's dreamy poetic prose describing the growth of a bitter, strange and difficult to like protagonist as she talks to the sister she hated and never let herself know or value, as she lies in a coma. But I was bored a lot during the last 100 pages so it's not worth more than three stars no matter how moved I was with the end. I felt [...]

    11. It's haunting to read a book that literally sounds as if it's talking about me; watching Moira's life unravel in a metaphoric way to my own, and watching her take notices of things I would, and do alike things. One of the names even lines up. Reading about someone that seems like me makes me feel like my own life is more important, and less spiteful of who I am, because really, this woman talking of her life is finally forgiving herself for who she is.The whole book is written in a cold, deadly [...]

    12. Would have given this 4.5 if I could. Anyway, you've seen the synopsis - elder daughter distraught at birth of baby sister at a time when she won a scholarship to a public school and left to go, aged 11, to the other side of the country. She never warmed to the 'cuckoo' and never forgave her for taking her place in the family home in wild West Wales. The years spent apart while she was in Norfolk didn't help either, nor did her strange, introverted personality. We hear early on that her young si [...]

    13. I read to page 127 but decided to quit at that point. I have been reading books like Portrait of a Lady (Henry James), The Children's Book (A.S. Byatt), Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Anne Bronte) and other things in which the people write in an entirely different style than Fletcher. I just tired of the modern style. E.G. "She wrote them down, in pencil." "A felt-tipped monkey, on a light bulb." "How they were white, and died." So choppy. And, the very unhappy, depressing narrator is describing her l [...]

    14. A great start to the year.I loved Fletcher's first book, and had high hopes for this - they weren't disappointed.It was long and meandering, but felt like a sea walk (appropriately, as the sea is a main recurrent theme throughout)leaving me exhausted but enriched, full of little observations and big thoughts.I felt I could have read this forever - and was genuinely sad to reach the end, no really because the plot was concluded, but because I won't spend any more time with these people and places [...]

    15. Beautiful, lyrical prose as with her other novels I have read and loved. I love her writing so much I feel like I am feasting on her words which are mouthwatering and filling and leave me fully satisfied. Loved the character of Moira who I could identify with totally. Loved the storyline and the Welsh and Norfolk settings - Fletcher has the power to draw me into different worlds - long may she write!

    16. I honestly wanted to love this one, but didn't even like it that much. Such a drag to read. I'm not a fan of long sentences and descriptive language, but I do prefer whole sentences. The fragments of sentences this books was made of, was driving me crazy. I was constantly trying to figure out what was going on in the story or in Moira's mind, but I felt I was failing most of the time. Very frustrating and very unsatisfying.

    17. Absolutely loved this book. The lyrical writing was just beautiful, really spot on. Interestingly shifts from first to third person. Not only that but the British seascape settings made me want to move by the sea, I felt bereft when it was over. The characters are also spot on. Moira is that dark, flawed, struggling, lost soul in all of us,desperately wanting love but rejecting it to protect her vulnerability. A story of love then, jealousy and betrayal,but redemptive.

    18. I started this book and thought it wasn't for me and was close to giving up however something wouldn't let me. It has a strange style, the writing flowed as the story progressed. A story of love, sibling rivalry, inability to form friendships and before I knew it it was finished. Although I only gave it 3 stars I would recommend that people try it for themselves.

    19. Susan Fletcher has a wonderful lyric writing style and her characters have depth but the tone doesn't change at all. It goes on and on in incomplete sentences like the tide washing in and out. Perhaps this was too close to home for me. I admired it, but found it depressing.

    20. The thing that I loved most about this book is Fletcher's writing style. I didn't feel that there was much of a plot and felt it hard to relate to Moira, however, the descriptions of everything were very vivid and very lyrical - which i loved. Would recommend to others despite only 3 stars

    21. Beautiful, lyrical prose was one of the reasons I fell in love with this book. Our main character Moira is strange, troubled, and incredibly intriguing which made this a complete page-turner. Can't wait to see what Susan Fletcher has in store for us next!

    22. Sounded like a good premise - one sister is in a coma, the other sister sits by her bedside and tells her/recounts their life together. It lost me, though. Couldn't sustain interest.

    23. I bought this book because of the name- oystercatchers are really cool birds. But I just couldn’t get into this. It jumped around too much, it wasn’t as cohesive as I wouldn’t liked. And I think because of that it was hard for me to connect with the characters, they all felt bland and underdeveloped. And I didn’t quite understand the reasoning behind why Moira was telling her whole life story to her sister who’s in a coma. It seemed like the author was trying to do a lot and it just di [...]

    24. Moira is eleven years older than her sister, Amy. The birth of Amy changed the trajectory of Moira's life, which we learn in pieces from this well written novel. Fletcher has a beautiful, slow, descriptive style one must plow in and stick with this novel, but it is worth it in the end.

    25. This is the story of Moira, told at her comatose sister's bedside. Moira was an only child until the age of 11, and was by all accounts, an unusual child, likely borderline autistic spectrum disorder. She is brilliant, but has trouble with relationships and her world is devastated by the birth of her sister. When the opportunity comes to leave the local village school and go to boarding school, she goes as far away as possible, feeling betrayed by her parents and unable at all to relate to her s [...]

    26. I am pretty sure that Amy see Moira and Stephen on the beach and Moira see Amy watching them so Moira Pushed her from the Church Stone. I am sure that happen because Amy was a spy kid and Moira did not like her. Resent her and Moira is difficult, an introvert, and tough to relate with her. I think I have Moira in me.Complete ReviewShe is always flowing with the time with busying herself with the study but when Ray happened to her she becomes obsessive for her happiness and happening.She despises [...]

    27. Is this a case of 2nd book syndrome? How many authors or bands follow up a highly acclaimed debut with a dodgy second - I'll throw in two - Zadie Smith and the Stone Roses.Her first book seemed to gather a lot of awards. Can't comment, as I haven't read it.This one is very hard work and after plodding on with it, I am not sure its worth the effort.The book annoyingly drops between 1st and 3rd person perspectives and jumps around between timeframes. All this would be OK if there was some relevati [...]

    28. Written lyrically, Oystercatchers tells the story of two very different sisters. The story is narrated by Moira Stone, who recounts pieces of her life story to her younger sister, Amy, every evening as she lies in a coma. Moira explains how, after eleven years alone with her parents, she perceived Amy as a threat to the life she knew and loved when she made her mewling entrance into the world. Moira couldn't cope with the changes that came with her baby sister, so she left Wales to attend boardi [...]

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