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Archipelago by [Roffey, Monique]
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'Monique Roffey's Archipelago is a sparkling portrayal of the Caribbean, and the outer layer of the plot is a magical sea voyage through the islands between Trinidad and the Panama Canal. The real story of Archipelago, however, is a deeply moving journey through grief' --(Kate Saunders, We Love This Book July issue)

'Roffey reveals here in her understanding of men in extremis.
As a writer, Roffey meets the challenge confidently, structuring her narrative adeptly and holding the reader's attention throughout. As the novel progresses, we are invited to condemn Gavin a little less and understand him a lot more. In his inner dialogue we catch the dilemma of a man living in a world where every action is expected to be executed perfectly and confidently, while dealing with feelings of isolation, self-doubt, fear and shame.
Out on the open sea, where his decisions become a matter of life or death, we see that for all his self-loathing, he is motivated by two kinds of love an aching longing for his dead wife and a profound love for his daughter. All of which comes on top of more traditional elements of sea-faring adventure. It's a powerful story of endurance and triumph in the face of adversity, and one that also offers answers to questions of how we might respond in a rapidly changing world when things start to go wrong' --(Jim Ferguson, Scotsman)

'ARCHIPELAGO is lovely: a novel full of sensual, elemental description, soaked in loss and damage and softly haunted by the Caribbean's bloody history of slavery' --(Claire Allfree, interview, Metro)

'Fascinating... Archipelago was a revelation to me; bringing to life a part of the world I knew little about --(NewBooks)

'A dangerous, beautiful journey through the Caribbean - evoked by Roffey in a prose-feast of flying fish and turquoise water…moving' --(The Times)

'ARCHIPELAGO travels to new, intoxicating latitudes…The result is an adventure blazing with a lust for life. The thrust of the story is both geographical and psychological. Roffey excels equally at the hands-on descriptions of yachting, the intricacies of island navigation, the beauty and terror of the sea, and the inner life of her rudderless protagonist…Half the joy here is the experience of life on a boat …The other half is riding the waves with an open mind to discover where Gavin and his crew wash up. …[This is a] big-hearted Moby-Dick story for our times' --(Kapka Kassabova, The Guardian)

'Monique Roffey's compelling new novel...is studded with striking images. There's a real sense of momentum...Roffey is adept at conveying wonder' --(Natasha Tripney, The Observer)

'Well-written and well told… Monique Roffey has a winner on her hands with ARCHIPELAGO' --(Raoul Pantin, Trinidad and Tobago Review)

'Roffey traces [Gavin and his daughter Ocean's] meditative journey from Trinidad, heading to the Galapagos, with deceptively simple prose that tenderly brings to life the wondrous creatures and landscapes they encounter. But the real strength of the novel lies in her quiet exploration of both a child and an adult's attempts to comprehend the loss and catastrophe that nature can impose' --(Francesca Angelini, The Sunday Times) --(Claire Allfree, interview, Metro)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 662 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (5 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007IKZOIS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,086 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
On the island of Trinidad, floods have destroyed Gavin's home and wrought havoc on his family. Left to raise his six-year-old daughter, Océan, by himself he's struggling with work and overwhelming loneliness. When he wakes up one morning he decides he wants to run away; take his boat, his dog and his daughter and sail out into the Caribbean and beyond.

Archipelago has made me want to hire a boat and sail round the Caribbean! Whilst the natural beauty may be a tourism advert, it is balanced by the darker side of the islands, unethical tourism, natural disaster and the seedier side of the locals. The sea itself is both mesmerising and dangerous. And whilst Gavin and Océan are surrounded by beauty, there is an underlying feeling of melancholy and a loss that is rarely talked about.

Océan makes a convincing six-year-old; she is perceptive and curious but not in a way that is beyond her years. She comes out with questions typical to children her age and her sadness is quiet, from someone who is not quite sure what is wrong in her world but knowing it is definitely not right. Despite some of the content, I never found it a depressing read and there are several moments that will bring a smile to your face to counteract the bad. It might be a bit too slow a read for some but if you love books about the sea, I would highly recommend.
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I knew I'd like this book, because it's got a lot of sea and a lot of weather, and I like a bit of sea and weather. But I didn't realise what a treat I was in for. This book is beautiful; one of the most beautiful books, in fact, that I have ever read. The writing is, in many places, exquisite, and characters so real they have taken up residence in my heart.

After a devastating flood sweeps through their home in Trinidad, killing his baby son, Gavin takes his six-year-old daughter, Ocean, and their elderly dog, Suzy, and sets sail in Romany, the boat he owns with a friend but hasn't sailed for years. It's a spur of the moment decision and it soon becomes clear that he hasn't quite thought it through. But Gavin cannot continue in the life that he's been left with. Is he running away? Perhaps. But it's more of a journey of discovery. He needs to find out who he is now that the flood has swept away his identity as a husband and father, provider and protector. 'His wife made him healthy, stable. Now he is half-himself, not himself.'

It was the power of nature that took so much away from him, and it is as though he now wants to face nature, to put his trust in it once more. As they sail through archipelagos and out across the vast ocean, they come up against nature's violence and treachery, which is vividly, often viscerally described:
'The boat begins to buck and nosedive into the waves...forward and then backwards; up and then down; restless unpredictable rollercoaster movements...He's forgotten how quickly the sea can change. One moment it can be flat, quiet, agreeable, then of another mood entirely, wicked and vexed. The sea can be a bitch. She can hurl you from your bunk, have you vomiting out your guts, lash you with stray halyards.
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I never write reviews and I wanted to about this book. I bought it by mistake--I thought it was something else. Then it pulled me in and I couldn't put it down. It's about a man in mid-life and his young daughter who have been through a devastating trauma--the details of which are only revealed slowly as the story unfolds. So they set sail on an old boat with some traumas of its own from Trinidad, through the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao) and further afield, learning to live again, healing, and having adventures on the open seas. It's not all fun and games--there are some harrowing experiences along the way. Although the story is grounded in a tragedy, the narrative doesn't wallow, and by moving seamlessly between past and present it gives a very real sense of what the healing process is like. And if you're a sailor or like the ocean there are beautiful passages about life at sea.
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There was a lot to ponder in this story. It held me throughout the strange journey with its ups and downs. A finding yourself literary novel which has much to offer. Well drawn, beautiful prose, and some shock moments that left me breathless.
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as she doesn't use speech marks and the tenses are a bit mixed up. Obviously an experienced sailor what with the stinking cabin, crap food and the general exhaustion. Most harrowing and realistic bit was the loss of Suzy, the dog. Overall a nice easy read but it sort of fizzled out.
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What a truly wonderful moving fantastically well written book. I think It has to go to the top of my best ever list. The descriptions are poetic, the language beautiful.it is so insightful of the emotions around loss and grief and such an incredible insight into a childs mind and a fathers mind.their relationship was so wonderful and so believable and the events in the book filled me with fear

Truly amazing
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Father and 6 year old daughter, leaving tragedy behind, sail from Trinidad to the Galapagos. Full of striking images and great characterisation. The simple story belies the great sadness and loss wonderfully. Really enjoyed it.
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