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|Title||:||Year by the Sea - Thoughts of an Unfinished Woman (99) by Anderson, Joan [Paperback (2000)]|
|Publisher||:||Broadway, Paperback2000 17th edition 2000|
|Number of Pages||:||164 Pages|
|File Size||:||589 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Year by the Sea - Thoughts of an Unfinished Woman (99) by Anderson, Joan [Paperback (2000)] Reviews
I have mixed feelings about this book. There is some very nice writing in it but too much repetition. It's hard to feel empathy for someone who has the time and money to take a year off in a cottage by the sea. She claims to have been at the service of others her whole life and yet admits she was controlling and stubborn and hints that she has had affairs and taken off before. She claims to want a marriage worked out to the satisfaction of both her and her husband and yet gets her way in the end. I felt that her husband, sons and daughters-in-law her very one-dimensional--nothing but props in her life. She even admits to encourage her sons in to early marriage just to get them out of the house.
As an avid reader of nonfiction and as a woman who can relate to several of the themes presented that were associated with aging, giving much to those around me and little to myself, and the search to find what the next decade will bring with anticipated transitions of children and its impact on my spouse, work, and home, I thought I would be able to completely relate to this book. Unfortunately, I could not and often found myself thinking that the author needed to have a dose of reality or at least some grounding in gratitude. While a year of downtime sounds wonderful, it left a story that for me was limited in the storyline and plot. I found the descriptions of events a bit verbose yet the total presentation constrained as if it were necessary to describe the occasion in detail but with limited analysis and reflection necessary to arrive at a deeper truth. Perhaps Ms. Anderson were simply too tired and needed a transition free from in-depth meditation but it felt boring and empty at various times. While I appreciated the premise of the book and the author sharing her experiences, I was neither offended nor inspired by this one.
I gave it 2 stars because 1 is just mean. This book was recommended to me and I hated it. My normal reads are fantasy but I tried to give it a chance. The fact that she left her husband and he still had to pay mortgage for a cottage she was living in was bull. It she wanted to go be single for a year she should have done it on her own dollar. I guarantee if she had the money she would have at least legally separated instead of leaving the relationship up in the air. She complains about so much she doesn’t have and is not thankful for what she does have. She is constantly comparing herself to other people trying to see how she measures up. Some of the things she complains about are problems she created. I get being tired, feeling unappreciated and living a dead relationship but just ended it. Just not my cup of tea.
I was fully prepared not to like this book. Wrapped in my own grief and pain, I have read many light and trivial books in as n attempt to escape. This book grew on me. Weaving its way into my mind and soul, asking me to step outside myself and look around. In some intangible ways I was sad when I finished the story. What happened next? Did life continue to open and change for her? Were they able to relax together at last? Then I was struck by the thought that the next part of the story is about me, not them. How will I live into the moment and what will I surrender so that something may die and something may be born in me? Thank you, Joan, for opening the door.
I can see me where she was looking for the answers of my life .looking to feel free and happy . The beach and the ocean is where I feel the most relaxed I want that little cottage and everything that goes with it. I felt like I was with her in her journey. I'm on to read her next book this was my first.
I bought this book because it was made into a movie (which I've not seen). While it was easy to read, it was NOT a compelling story. The main character JOAN is a wife & mother of grown children. When her husband takes a job in another city, Joan decides to move to their cottage in Cape Cod. The story is about her journey in re-discovering herself. The book was OK but I would NOT recommend.
Stepping away from everyday life myself for the next three weeks in an artist residency on Nantucket, this book was recommended by a friend. Joan's journey began it seems - more in desperation than desire - quite different than my situation. I have such support from family and friends and yet my mind tarries a bit in wanting to "please everyone" with what I discover for myself in an intense examination (my own) of my creativity. I must remember I'm not there to please anyone but to let the art come to me. Thank you Joan for the read!
Greatest joys: marriage. Greatest heartache: divorce. Not at all as I anticipated when reading. The ups and downs with marriage are like the sea and Joan Anderson found out by finding herself there. Its never to late to start over, start fresh, and start again. I would call this a marriage handbook. This book has given me a new outlook on my life and my marriage. Thank you. BB~