The Bass Rock

The Bass Rock

Book - 2020 | First American edition
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"The lives of three women weave together across centuries in the dazzling new book from the Granta Best of Young British Novelist, author of All the Birds, Singing. Surging out of the sea, the Bass Rock has always borne witness to the lives that pass under its shadow on the Scottish mainland. And across the centuries, the fates of three women are inextricably linked to this place and to each other. Sarah, accused of being a witch, is fleeing for her life. Ruth, in the aftermath of the Second World War, isnavigating a new marriage and the strange waters of the local community. Six decades later, Viv, still mourning the death of her father, is cataloguing Ruth's belongings in the now-empty house. As each woman's story unfolds, it becomes increasingly clearthat their choices are circumscribed, in ways big and small, by the men who seek to control them. But in sisterhood there is also the possibility of survival and a new way of life. Intricately crafted and compulsively readable, The Bass Rock burns brightwith love and fury--a devastating indictment of violence against women, and an empowering portrait of their resilience through the ages"--
Publisher: New York :, Pantheon Books,, [2020]
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781101871881
Branch Call Number: FIC WYL
Characteristics: 362 pages ; 25 cm

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MoKevany
Dec 23, 2020

A multi generational story about a family of women who have less than happy lives, and are abused in one way or another by the men in their lives. A compelling read except for the two outlier stories, one at the beginning and one at the end, that don’t seem related to the three women and are, therefore, unnecessarily gruesome. I had trouble keeping up with the switching back and forth over time and felt that a lot was left hanging. Not sure I’d recommend this one to friends. 3 out of 5 stars.

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krsbozo
Dec 15, 2020

Sweeping in scope, this novel describes the intertwined lives of three women decades (or centuries) apart. It's part ghost story, although the ghosts are seen but don't impinge on the later lives all that much. It's set in a small coastal town in Scotland, and most of the action is in a large home there, and is told through the eyes of the women there. They are surrounded by mostly awful men, and the violence in their lives is real and persistent. In fact, it's such salient part of the book that I'd have to say that that is how I'll remember this novel: women are raped and murdered and fear for their lives pretty much throughout the story and the ages it covers. Brutal.

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carolefort
Nov 20, 2020

The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld takes place over several hundred years. This is the story of three women: Sarah, Ruth and Vivianne. Young Sarah is being persecuted by men who suspect her of being a witch. Many years later, after the end of WWII, Ruth is newly married to a widower, has become the stepmother of two young boys and has relocated with her new family to an unfamiliar part of Great Britain. Sixty years later, upon Ruth’s death, Vivianne has been tasked with sorting through her house in order to put it on the market. All three storylines are linked in several ways but the main similarity is the way women are treated by the men in their lives. Nothing seems to have changed from the era of witchcraft to modern times. The Bass Rock presents the reader with three interesting and well-developed female roles. There is food for thought here. Highly recommended. Thank you to Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group and the author for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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uncommonreader
Nov 15, 2020

Male misogony and violence across the centuries.

debwalker Sep 22, 2020

Women's stories of surviving violence. Still...

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