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Safe From the Sea

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  • Posted January 18, 2011

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    A quiet, simple story about a father and a son. Told in simple, but beautiful prose, Safe from the Sea reminds you what it feels like to read a really good book.

    Noah returns home to take care of his dying father, Olaf. The two have not been close for several years, so Noah is surprised at his father's request. Although the decision to return home is not an easy one and is not a decision his wife Natalie is happy about, he decides to make the trip back to the lakeshore landscape of northern Minnesota. There, the two grapple with their past and what brought them to this place in their lives. Peter Geye's writing is simple and clean. There are no extraneous details to be found. Every word is thoughtfully chosen and blends seamlessly into the story as a whole. The characters are genuine and weathered to a degree, which makes them all the more endearing to the reader. Most of the novel takes place in a cabin on the lake. Surrounded by the chill of winter, you can smell the fire in the wood stove, feel the crispness of the snow beneath their feet. This is one of those novels where the setting certainly adds to the story, but Geye manages to allow it to exist within the background, quietly. It doesn't compete with the rest of the story, and I found that the same can be said for any of the components within this novel. They all mesh beautifully with one another. I really enjoyed Safe from the Sea. I found it to be deeply moving and well told.

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  • Posted October 26, 2010

    Beautifully written!

    This book was our book club selection this month. So glad, as I might not have picked it up on my own. The story is compelling and the characters very real and engaging. I definitely cared about what happened to them, especially the reconciliation between father and son. Geye clearly loves words and uses them to draw his places and people in a very convincing way.

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  • Posted September 14, 2010

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    Peter Geye provides an enjoyable brisk tale.

    Thirty-five years ago, a tragedy on Lake Superior changed their lives forever, estranging father and son. Now Noah, encouraged by his wife Natalie, is returning to Misquah, Minnesota to see his dad for the first time in what seems like forever.

    Noah is unsure what type of reception he will receive but expects it will be colder than the winter weather. Instead he is stunned to see how old and sick his father appears. Dying, Olaf who hid what happened on the ore boat three and half decades ago decides it is time to tell his son the truth that has haunted him as one of the few survivors.

    Safe From The Sea is an engaging character driven saga in which an estranged father and son bond when Olaf tells Noah what happened on that tragic day. The entertaining story line contains other back-stories including Noah's look at his marriage as well as Olaf relating other sea adventures. Although a father and son bonding as adults is not new (see the nonfiction The Bond: Three Young Men Learn to Forgive and Reconnect with Their Fathers by Davis, Jenkins and Hunt, and the fiction Gilead by Marilynne Robinson), Peter Geye provides an enjoyable brisk tale.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

    Wonderful book!!!!

    I really loved this book, the discriptions of the North Shore made it seem like you where along for the ride. It was a wonderful story of a surviving father of a shipwreck told to his son. I finished this book quickly as it was just so compelling and hard to put down. I would highly recommend this book.

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  • Posted April 26, 2012

    This was a remarkable book, especially for a new writer. I am lo

    This was a remarkable book, especially for a new writer. I am looking forward to enjoying more books by Geye in the future!

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