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The Seal Wife

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013


    This book is unlike any I have read. It is difficult to imagine the main character's challenges in that time in history. But the incredible geographic and social isolation that he confronts, coupled with a job that requires so much focus, reduces him to a being with the most minimal of expectations. In a way, this book is a study of patience and limited joy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2003

    A weathered tale

    I imagine that any reader hoping to 'find out more about Alaska' would be dissapointed, as this was never sold as a historical or even factual text. However, knowledge of the landscape and the (scattered and soloistic) people of Anchorage in particular, is excellent. The author excellently combines the scientific workings of meteorology and the erotica of the Aleut girl, and as a result the two go hand in hand. Every woman a cloud, every cloud a tense, building metaphor ready to explode orgasmically. Far better than her earlier work. For titles that may offer more insight into the history and topography of Alaska, try...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2002


    Kathryn Harrison has written the best novel of 2002 to date. In 1915 a man is sent to ALASKA to establish the first (one man) weather station in Anchorage. There he meets an Indian woman who becomes his lover and his obsession, then she disappears..... The story is rich in history, and in all things that life's about: challenge, hardship, loneliness, love, casual sex, joys of hard work, injury, fulfillment. Definitely not a 'chick book' this one's for the men, I think, more than for women. A dazzling read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2002


    Kathryn Harrison, author of 'The Kiss' and 'The Binding Chair,' underscores her reputation as a writer of compelling fiction with this tale of passion and obsession on the desolate Alaskan frontier. Fred Stella provides a superior reading. It is 1915 when Bigelow, a young scientist, is dispatched to build a weather observatory in Anchorage. He is optimistic and enthusiastic, little realizing what life will be like in an arctic railroad town peopled by men and precious few women. The nights are endless and lonely. Before long he is held sway by a seemingly unknowable woman, Aleut. She is not his only obsession - he designs a kite intended to fly higher than any kite has ever flown. Harrison's recreation of an icy landscape in all its beauty and danger is spectacular. Stella's reading illuminates that world and her words.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2002

    Lips Are Sealed

    This book does not live up to expectations. There are too many unanswered questions. There are some beautiful passages more poetry than prose, but overall it is too spare. I was hoping to learn more about Alaska during that era.

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