The Glass Ocean

The Glass Ocean

by Lori Baker
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The Glass Ocean 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too many words are just as bad as not enough. My goodness every thought in this book was a page long, it was like being stuck in mud. I disliked this book, should have been a short story not a novel. Way, way too many descriptive words for a single though. Author has a good use of vocabulary I appreciate that, but this book was not entertaining. Doesn't get off of the ground at all, rather boring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved The Glass Ocean. I was drawn to it first by the musicality of the language, the play in her sentences and paragraphs. I also found that motifs and themes recurred in much the way that they do in a musical score. When Thomas Pynchon praises Baker for sharing "the dangerous nocturnal fires attended to in their hearts," he puts his finger on the pulse of the book -- the dreamlike internal worlds of these characters in the face of an external reality of abandonment, disappointment and the greyness of day to day life. The characters are obsessed with seeking what has been irrevocably lost, for making the inanimate come to life, for achieving the flawless surface, conjuring life through the making of art. The narrator's father, Leo, becomes transfixed by the idea of capturing in glass the most transitory sea creatures, and then entwines in them in minute form the initials of his ever-receding wife. He takes apart the mechanical toys given to his wife by his rival for her affections -- in order to put those mechanisms to use in a secret and magical glass work, through which he can perhaps suspend his love in a lifelike artifice. Art and life entwined, each a construction. The novel as a literary form is also an artifice. And Baker, like her character, has taken apart its construct and then has put it back together in a new way. There's a lovely reference to Italo Calvino in the fourth chapter's title - acknowledging a literary tradition of making through artifice a way to look more deeply into the human soul. It really is, as John Banville says, "a work of art."