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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 55 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 27 Sept. 2000
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQ45N2
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Original Jacket Photograph: William A. Bake/Tib Swanstock
Original Jacket Design: Timothy Hsu
Author Photo © Jerry Bauer
©2000 Christina Schwarz
(P)2000 Random House, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
These statements are not negatives, however. Drowning Ruth is a very good read!
The author is precise and careful about building her suspense with excruciating slowness. She has created intriguing characters--at heart, not all that different from you and me--characters who are confronted with difficult problems to solve, some of which are not of their own making and some of which are the unexpected results of desperate decisions made in the long ago past. Her alternations of point of view help to give breadth and depth to the conflicts within the main characters, while the fragmentary memories which Ruth contributes add to both the mystery and the sense of dread.
Although Schwarz ably illustrates the restricted roles into which women had to adapt themselves during the period, the mores which applied to "good girls," and the limited choices open to them, the lack of liberation is so natural a part of her story that her novel and its complications are by no means part of a liberation manifesto. Drowning Ruth is a simple story presented clearly and suspensefully by an author who, like Amanda, is careful to keep her grasp completely within her reach. Mary Whipple
As the story moves forward from that point on, the chain events leading up to Mathilda's tragic death are little by little revealed. Meanwhile, Ruth, Mathilda's daughter is growing up, her father Carl returns from the war and Amanda, tries to be a good mother to her niece.
Some very interesting issues are at the centre of this novel: sibling rivalry that seems inseparable from sisterly love; traditional family values and what is viewed as proper behaviour for women that may lead to desperate measures, are only a few examples.
Some of the characters were also enticing, especially Amanda, whose over-protectiveness of her mother, sister and niece is not easily classified. Is it selfish or selfless?
However, I believe this work has some flaws and it makes the author come across as promising but inexperienced. For one, all male characters are flat. Whether this was intentional or not, it takes a toll on the credibility of the story. Secondly, there are some loose ends that the author didn't tie up. For example, in order to conceal her secrets Amanda allows Carl to believe things about his dead wife that may be detrimental to his memory of her. Thirdly, when the truth finally comes out, Ruth's reaction is a bit simplified, making it an anticlimax to this story.
But all in all I enjoyed reading this book most of the time.Read more ›
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