Love and Salt Water

Love and Salt Water

eBook - 2013
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Ellen Guppy is the reluctant heroine of Ethel Wilson's final novel, Love and Salt Water . Saddened by a painful childhood, Ellen has adopted a skeptical independence and learned too well to hold her heart in reserve. But, as the novel unfolds, Ellen undergoes something of a sea-change; learning to accept love along with the sorrow that is rarely far from love.

First published in 1956, Love and Salt Water is a mature and, at times, disturbing synthesis of Ethel Wilson's major themes: the independence of human lives, the strange alchemy of chance, and the healing illumination of love.

From the Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : McClelland & Stewart, 2013
ISBN: 9781551996998
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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I found this the most difficult of Wilson's novels, apparently it was her last. The main character, Ellen, is a woman of her time with a streak of more modern independence that causes her to hesitate to commit to marriage. Ellen has a foot in two epochs and while it makes her a complicated character, I found she was less likable and less authentic than other of Wilson's female characters. There just seems to be something missing in this novel, but I can't define what it is.

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