Joan Clark: Latitudes of Melt



I read this book in 2002 I remember it because I was a bookseller back then and 2001 and 2002 were magical years in the book industry in Newfoundland and really around the world Latitudes of Melt takes place in Newfoundland Imagine the day night the Titantic oes down off the coast of Newfoundland two local fisherman find a baby bundled up and adrift on an pan of ice The fisherman take the little baby ashore and after search and placing ads in all the international papers no one claims the baby so one of the fisherman and his family adopts the baby Latitude of Melt is that baby s story The book is an experience captures the city of St John s and surrounding areas I couldn t put it down I don t want to say anything else so I won t Reine Mädchensache give it away Pick up this book and let it surprise you I am drawn to books set in Newfoundland I will always chose a Newfoundland setting when I am perusing a selection of novels if one is present Irew up in a residential section of a city which in no way resembles any of the places I have visited in the pages of these novels There is something indefinable about the descriptors of the land and lives lived in these books I have read The Latitudes of Melt did not disappoint me The premise was unusual enough to Animal Babies grab my attention but realistic enough to keep me interested in reading on The characters delighted me with the strength they showed when faced with tragic circumstances Aentle humour flowed through the novel which balanced the sad parts well I don t want to add any spoilers this is a novel for anyone who likes a story which doesn t have to have a tidy conclusion SnippetsP14 A passionate Newfoundlander she knew their history was one of handing over to others what was rightfully theirsP104 Unlike Newfoundland which was raw and untouched there was something finished about England as if everything that needed doing had been done and now it rested fully imagined and complete every inch of it having been thoroughly examinedP300 at Cobh Ireland watching the emigrant ships A reminder that for those left behind a ship s disappearance on the horizon was a kind of deathThe baby Aurora is in the ocean in a basket on an ice pan when she is found by 2 fishermen at the time of the Titanic s sinking She is taken to one of their homes and informally adopted by the family the only Offenders and Detainees girl among Sometimes I felt this book deserved five stars sometimes two I would understand why some people would not like it at places it was tedious and boring Iuess that the unusual beginning the Aurora s childhood and mostly all the resumes and praise build up some misleading expectations which eventually are left frustrated Additionally there are these huge stretches of life where nothing exceptional happens although I think the author transmitted beautifully what happens with so many womenAnother Clark takes an intriguing premise packed with rich possibilities and manages to craft a story as dull as dishwater Two dimensional characters with whom you never feel any connection Detailed descriptions of every effing thing they do in the run of a day Then she made some lunch Then she did the dishes Then she read a book The writing style is amateurish and plodding and the narrative switches between omniscient and first person with no warning or stylistic purpose In the year 1912 a fisherman discovers an infant adrift on an ice floe in the North Atlantic Back in the Newfoundland village of Drook she's considered a changeling with her white hair and.

Joan Clark Þ 7 review

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Isappointed in the book and myself to be qasas-ul-quran giving up on it so easily but to be halfway through a book and still struggling to keep track of what is happening and then the story moves so slowly weighed down by endless description it doesn t make aood book in my opinion Yet this book seems to be etting four star reviews wherever else I look But I don t agree and I have to be honest Four stars for this novel s lyrical beauty and powerful imagery Also I love the Newfoundland setting and history which is uniue in all the world The plot which concerns a baby rescued from the sea could have been compelling However the story meanders along like a sluggish stream with some stagnant side pools and circular eddies that don t contribute to the overall flow other than showing off the author s ift for description The best scene is the pivotal one where the baby s origins are revealed A beautifully written novel that Dead-End Road Mysteries gives you a strong setting and feeling of and for NewfoundlandThe novel is a story that follows the life of Aurora who as an infant was found floating in the ocean on an ice slab In the beginning Aurora s birthplace and history are a mystery to everyone She is a child with white hair pale skin and never feels the cold She is a wanderer who has unusual connections with animals which leads the locals to believe she was left by fairies The author paints an amazing ethereal picture of Aurora as a child as a wife in her very human marriage to Tom and as a mother dealing with her complex relationship with her childrenI ve come to have areat respect for down east authors This novel reminds me so much of the Bernice Morgan novels I read Waiting for Time and I can t remember the name of the otherI am so astounded and touched by this story that I don t really know what else to say that would do it justice So from the back coverThis bountiful magical novel opens when two fishermen discover a baby floating on an ice pan in the North Atlantic in 1912 Named Aurora the baby Hear the Wolves grows up in the Drook a small fishing outport in Newfoundland where she is regarded as mysterious and enchanted a free spirit who does not uite belong Who is the real Aurora and where did she come fromIn thisorgeously spun novel the unravelling of Aurora s origins involves sea crossings connects continents and spans decades laying down layers filled with shipwrecks icebergs and fairies An exploration of love and loss Latitudes of Melt is an unforgettable evocation of Newfoundland s southern shore that combines the thrill of an altogether original story with remarkable writerly skill and power Beginning in 1912 with the discovery of a baby floating on an ice pan and ending in the 1990 s this is the story of that baby s life as she is adopted by the family of the man who found her Valors Measure grows up marries and has a family of her own It is also the story of thereat chang What an incredible read I realize I think about this book many many times since I read it a year ago It s about a baby found in a basket on the ice near where the Titanic sank in 1912 who was taken by a fisherman back to his family and raised as his daughter She BFI Film Classics grew up and had two children one who became an ice scientist it s his life and experiences that I enjoyed the most The back story of Aurora s mother and her family was also veryood. Mid the austere beauty of the Newfoundland coast She marries and has two children but it is only after they are rown and she is an old woman that the mystery of Aurora's origins is solved.

His is extremely irritating by the end of the novel which ends with such an anti climatic ending that you will want to toss the book across the room I read the entire thing simply because I had to see if there was any reward for all of that torture and I was interested in the history and culture of Newfoundland This is historical fiction at its worst Oh yes and that magical thing in the blurb is a total lie There are semi supernatural things that happen in the story but they are so artlessly described that all magic is erased and they are never really explored in any meaningful way I m probably oing to be universally hated for this review but I really did not like this book And I was so disappointed I loved the cover I loved the blurb I loved the title I loved the beginning So where did it وصف الاستعباد في مملكة فاس - مذكرات أسير سويدي على عهد السلطان مولاي عبد الله go wrongThe book is set around a littleirl who is found on an ice pan in the North Atlantic right around the time the Titanic sinks This was the time when I clicked and bought this after finding it for a semi reasonable price The book is described as magical by many reviewers but it bored me upon reading I even skipped ahead of my normal order of read the books in the order you Fiend get them probably as I initally thought I d lost this book when reorganising my booksFor me this book had one major downfall the amount of description I notoriously dislike books with pages and pages of description and just a few lines of dialogue thrown in so the readers remember there are actually characters This just went on and on Iot halfway through it and even that was a sheer struggle For a book that s just over 300 pages long it did feel really rushed Years pass in a matter of pages sometimes with letters spanning the years that are passing but I felt there should be a lot happening in the book Instead it just plods along with no action I felt that there should have been done to attempt to find out if the irl had been on the Titanic and had been saved by her parents Why wasn t she put into a lifeboat in that case Were her parents in third class perhaps and didn t et up on deck until after the lifeboats had PROBE MY ASS (A Reluctant Doctor/Patient Anal Sex erotica story) gone Why did they send her out into the Atlantic by herself if they wereoing to leave no clues as to her name her origins etc She could easily have drowned and they would be none the wiser Perhaps she was abducted like the infamous Navratil boys There were so many uestions raised in this book and I m sure it was all building up to a satisfying climax but unfortunately I didn t The Pedlar and the Bandit King (Scarlet and the White Wolf, get that far Iot up to the point where Aurora the little Marvins Room girl was now a widow andetting on a bit Then there was the whole palaver of her being different to the other villagers Her eyes were two different colours which frankly kept an image of David Bowie constantly in my head she never felt the cold she had white hair there s an albino David Bowie now and she liked pressing flowers Other characters described her as being touched by the fairies but yet again this was never expanded upon leaving me feeling frustratedThe blurb proclaims this novel as being Roberto to the Dark Tower Came gorgeously spun and says that the unravelling of Aurora s origins involves sea crossings connects continents and spans decades laying down layers filled with shipwrecks icebergs and fairies This also attracted me to the book but the book does not deliverI m Eyes of different colors Her very survival shows that her life is charmed Named Aurora after the dawn of her rescue from the sea she exhibits a singular nature as sherows to womanhood

See this thread for information Joan Clark BA DLitt hon née MacDonaldis a Canadian fiction authorBorn in Liverpool Nova Scotia Clark spent her youth in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick She attended Acadia University for its drama program graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree with English major in 19571 She has worked as a teacherClark lived in Alberta for two decades and attended Edmonton's University of Alberta She and Edna Alford started the literary journal Dandelion in that province in the mid 1970s She eventually returned to Atlantic Canada settling in NewfoundlandJoan Clark's early work consisted primarily of literature for children and young adults such as Girl of the Rockies 1968 The Hand of Robin Suires 1977 and The Moons of Madeleine 1987 By contrast her 1982 short story collection From a High Thin Wire is a decidedly mature and sometimes sexually charged work This volume was revisited by Clark and republished with revisions in 2004 Clark has a reputation for continuously revising her works even after their initial printingJoan Clark's next publication for adult readers was The Victory of Geraldine Gull 1988 a novel examining the clashes of culture and religion between Cree Ojibwa and white communities in Niska a village in Hudson Bay The Victory of Geraldine Gull was a finalist for the GOVERNOR GENERAL'S AWARD and the Books in Canada First Novel Award Clark published a second collection of short stories Swimming Towards the Light in 1990 The following year she was presented with the Marian Engel Award recognizing her entire body of workEiriksdottir A Tale of Dreams and Luck 1993 was the first of two novels by Clark based on the Viking presence in Newfoundland The novel focuses on Freydis Eiriksdottir daughter of Eirik the Red and sister to Leif The Lucky Eirikson The Dream Carvers 1995 follows the adventures of Thrand a Norse childClark wrote her first published novel as a young stay at home mother writing in longhand during her infant son’s naptimes “I had never written fiction before and was amazed that I had been walking around without knowing that there was a story inside my head That joy of discovery has kept me writing ever since”Clark served on the jury at the 2001 Giller PrizeClark lives in St John's Newfoundland and Labrador