The Ocean

The Ocean

by Cecilia Araneda

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The Ocean follows the lives of three women through the growing modernization and political turmoil of Chile during the latter half of the 20th century, to their exile on the other side of the world in wintery, land-locked Winnipeg.
These three women — Maria Soledad, Consuelo and Pilar — each live in different eras, yet are all confronted with changed personal and public histories that have a profound effect
on their lives. Maria Soledad struggles with the restrictions placed on her because she is a woman; Consuelo fails to understand the dire and dangerous political climate she is immersed within; and Pilar is trapped in a body that she cannot fully control. The only one constant in their lives is the enduring presence of the ocean.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015749410
Publisher: FriesenPress
Publication date: 12/13/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 248
File size: 298 KB

About the Author

Cecilia Araneda was born in Chile and came to Canada at a young age with her family after they escaped Chile’s bloody coup d’etat. Araneda grew up in northern Manitoba and currently lives in Winnipeg. An accomplished filmmaker, The Ocean is her first novel.

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The Ocean 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
bucmjt More than 1 year ago
The Ocean by Cecilia Araneda is an excellent read.  The depth of these characters is amazing and I love them all.  Poor Manuel ended up being my favorite.  Yes, there were some blank spots, but my overly active imagination loved filling in the blanks.  I thoroughly enjoyed the stories of all three of these women that had to be so strong to survive.  A must read.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
This novel definitely puts things in perspective for the reader.  Araneda tells an emotionally gripping tale of three women while also maintaining an accurate social and historical context.  Everything weaves together so seamlessly that you find yourself drawn to Chile and Winnipeg.   I could easily picture the locale that I’ve never actually seen.  Even though the writing style itself becomes a bit dry at times I found myself intrigued and coming back due to the vividly realistic images that this author creates.  This author does pack a great deal into this novel, but the timeline itself remains fairly easy to follow.   The characters in this novel are developed well enough to carry the story forward.  That said, I don’t feel that I got to know any of them very well.  They are developed only in the ways that directly relate to the story which means at times the characters seem slightly flat.  This wasn’t to the extent that it detracted from the story, however further development would have added to it a great deal.   Please note that I won this book through Goodreads First Reads program.