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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2009

    That Salty Air

    The novel The Salty Air by Tim Sievert, is about a fisherman that lost his mother to the sea. He is so upset that he takes it out on the ocean by throwing rocks in it and curses it. His depression causes him to neglect his wife and sends him into a drunken craze. He stops fishing and goes into town to drink and grieve. His wife receives a notice saying the payment for their house is overdue and goes fishing to earn the money to pay for the house. The fisherman comes back and panics when he sees his wife in the ocean. He forces her to come back to shore and goes fishing in her place. While he was fishing, an octopus drags him to the bottom of the sea. There, he sees his mother and she says "you are still loved." He then realizes that he has a lot to live for and resurfaces. The octopus takes his arm on the way up. He then makes amends with his wife and they discuss what their daughter's name will be. He is finally happy and it looks like he is going to have a bright future ahead of him.

    The fisherman is the main character in the story. His name his Hugh and he loves his mother very much. When he finds out about her unfortunate demise, he becomes very melancholy and depressed. Hugh is a very passionate and emotional person and takes his anger out on the ocean and his wife. Hugh's wife's name is Maryanne. She is a loyal wife that is willing to go out and fish for her family, despite the danger. She deeply loves Hugh and is devastated when he becomes depressed. She learns that she is pregnant the day Hugh's mother dies, but doesn't get the chance to tell him until the end of the story. She is very family orientated and does whatever it takes to keep her family together.

    The key passage in this book occurs when Hugh is dragged down to the bottom of the ocean by the octopus. There he confronts his mother and she tells him "You are loved. Still."

    I chose that passage because that quote turned Hugh's live around. He was on a steady path to self destruction. His reckless acts were putting both his life and his family's lives in jeopardy. He feels that his whole existence was thrown into question and doesn't know what to do. When he hears his mother say "You are loved. Still." His life turns around positively. He realizes that he has a lot to live for and that he needs to be there for his wife and unborn child.

    This book is based on the concept that "God take God give." Hugh lost his mother and feels great pain and remorse for his loss. He then finds that his wife is pregnant and his is still loved by many. Hugh has a lot to live for. I agree with the point made in this book that there is always a brighter side to life and there is always something to live for. This is a very straight forward, common idea that is as old as mankind.

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