Heart Earth

Heart Earth

by Ivan Doig
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Heart Earth 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
onemused More than 1 year ago
In "Heart Earth," Doig is exploring the possibilities of his mother through a series of letters she had sent long after she wrote them/died. He was only 6 when she died, so his memories are limited and he includes these along with anecdotes from things left behind and told to him. It is relatively short, as you would expect for such an exploration with limited information. The language is very detailed and things move relatively slowly. On the one hand, it's lovely to see a son learning about his mother. On the other, I found it hard to follow and a little too descriptive to really pull me in to the story. It may have helped if I had read past memoirs from the author, but without this information, I felt a little lost and the stories felt somewhat disconnected. I think it's a writing style that people may like or not, so it's probably just my personal opinion. I enjoyed some of the stories, enough to give it 3 stars, but overall, it was just OK to me. Please note that I received this book through a goodreads giveaway.
Drann More than 1 year ago
Based on the letters his mother wrote to his uncle during World War II, Doig is able to construct an understanding of his mother who died when he was young. Anyone who has lost a parent at an early age would long for the information provided in his mother's letters to a beloved brother fighting in the War. Doig has the ability to draw a reader in and to enable that reader to share in his sorrow, but the book is by no means a "downer." His mother's life was short, but it burned bright with love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a heartfelt true story about a time in the west, and a family bound to each other by the hardships of life. I couldn't put it down. Ivan Doig writes from the heart.