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One Insular Tahiti by [Atkinson, Thea]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4987 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042RUKSE
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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First of all I have to say wow! This novel wasn't what I was expecting at all.

To sum it up is hard because it includes so many things: Family relationships and how the dynamics have the power to make you who you are. Reincarnation (whether you believe or not doesn't matter), and a journey of how we may get to who we are now. It's sad, hopeful, painful, forgiving, thought-provoking, all rolled into one. And it's like nothing I've read before.

Thea has such an eloquent way with words, her writing is smooth and the descriptions are vivid. This is an amazing book!
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I have done nothing but rave about this book to my friends since I finished it. Actually even before that, because I enjoyed it so much.

It is not a book that you can just skim read, you have to pay attention because it moves backwards and forwards in time and there are lots of characters that seem to be unrelated, but it ties up the threads of their lives slowly and thoroughly, until you realise that you are actually completely ensnared in their stories.

It is not a pretty book. The characters are not sweet fluffy bunny types who bake cupcakes for each other. They are real characters with real flaws, and one or two of them actually are not very nice! Even so, you care about how they feel and what happens to them.

I can't recommend this book highly enough.
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We are proud to announce that One Insular Tahiti by Thea Atkinson is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is certainly worth their time and money!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x98274150) out of 5 stars 15 reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x977642e8) out of 5 stars 4 1/2 Stars from Red Adept Reviews 12 Dec. 2010
By Lynn McNamee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Plot/Storyline: 3 1/4 Stars

The beginning of this novel was a confusing muddle that had me going back to the Amazon page to read the description. After that little detour, the plot gained a little clarity. I was still a bit lost, but the individual scenes drew me into the story.

Reading this book was somewhat like reading a couple of novellas that have been taken apart and put back together almost randomly. It took some getting used to, and I had to suppress my frustration, at times, when I didn't get to continue a particular thread of a story. The main character felt the same frustration I did, though. Somehow, it made me feel better that his dissatisfaction mirrored my own.

It took me until the end of the book to really get a grip on all of the relations in the novel. This was partly because, after the first few chapters, I quit trying to figure out any overall picture and just enjoyed the individual scenes. The ending did tie up all the loose ends and contained an explanation for all events. However, I actually read the last few pages twice to make sure I had it all straight.

Overall, the reading process was enjoyable, but I didn't really enjoy the feeling of being lost that permeated the entire novel. Whereas the plot was intact and interesting, I thought there should have been more clues throughout the book to impart better understanding of the underlying philosophy.

Characters: 4 1/2 Stars

Above all else, this novel was a true character study, rich with unique and interesting personalities. Astrid was my favorite character. Reading about her gave the feeling of reading about someone that could be anyone you could pass on the street, yet also like reading about an old friend.

Amazingly, this author managed to write both male and female characters equally well.

Warning: These characters have the power to make you cry.

Writing Style: 5 Stars

The eloquence of the writing style made the reading smooth and effortless. The descriptions were rich and immersive.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98358a74) out of 5 stars Just read it 22 Oct. 2010
By Jim - Published on Amazon.com
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If I had paid closer attention to the book's description, I don't think I would have purchased this book. I'm glad I didn't. This book is really good.

It was a little hard to get my bearings in the beginning of this book with bits and pieces coming from seemingly random places. But it all comes together and by the time you realize you understand what's happening, you're already hooked and have no choice but to keep turning pages to see what happens next.

There's not a lot of action in the book. There's not a lot of suspense. It's a compelling character study, one that pulls you in and makes you feel like you're part of the characters' lives. This is particularly true of Astrid.

The book has a few grammatical errors, and by a few, I mean three. From what I've seen of Kindle/Indie authors, three errors is not bad at all, and is nothing to complain about.

Buy the book. Read the book. You'll be glad you did.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97ebcb1c) out of 5 stars Addiction Alert: Once you start you won't stop. 8 Dec. 2010
By Kimberly Irish Tarbox - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a well-written masterpiece. The story flows well. If I could have given this book more than 5 stars I would have. Is it worth the money? Definitely. Should you buy it? Yes. Will you be able to put it down? No Should you read the author's other works? Most definitely. I am an avid reader and until recently had never heard of Thea. I am glad I finally came across her works. Be forewarned her books are addicting and One Insular Tahiti is no exception. I could not put this book down once I picked it up.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9834a6b4) out of 5 stars The simple word "book" doesn't do it justice. 31 May 2012
By T. W. Dittmer - Published on Amazon.com
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I just finished reading "One Insular Tahiti" by Thea Atkinson, and would like to say a few words about it. I don't think I can really do this work justice, but was impressed enough to give it a go.

This is not a beach read. This is not a fun read. This is the real deal.

From the beginning, the author pulls you into the story with imagery that flows from surreal serenity to a hard slap up side the head. From the bobbing in the ocean... to the unknown stains on the frat house floor... to the vomit on the borrowed shoes... the descriptions are almost poetic, then suddenly so stark and real that you can smell the scene.

The main characters are genuine, not super-human imaginings that can do no wrong. They're scarred by life and full of the foibles that make people human, yet still struggling to maintain the course toward the right thing to do. And at the end, you almost understand.

Then there are the pieces strewn here and there... little things that appear to be random thoughts that spilled from the author's bit bucket. Gradually you realize that these aren't just accidental droppings, that they're brush-strokes, that the author is painting a picture on the canvas of your subconscious. It isn't a smiling, happy picture, but it's beautiful in its reality. It's a picture of humanity in turmoil, dragged from the One Insular Tahiti into a world of doubt and pain and fulfillment. It's a picture of purple grass that grows by the side of the ocean.

Though I could easily enough, I won't ramble on any more.

Reading "One Insular Tahiti" was a painful pleasure that I just had to say something about.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97b4c6b4) out of 5 stars A Real Maritime Marvel 27 Jan. 2011
By Veronica Jayne - Published on Amazon.com
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I`ve read lots of novels written by Maritime authors, being a Maritimers though, it only makes sense. If you`ve ever read any story from a Maritime author you will expect to hear a tale of ghostly suspense woven with the hardships of birth, death and mystery set in a coastal town. This book has it all under one cover. The descriptions of the settings, in particular Halifax, are bang on, I almost felt that I was back there on a city street watching the characters play out their lives. This novel joins the rankings of an award winning book written by Thomas Raddall, The Nymph and the Lamp, a story of depair and desparation surrounded by strength and courage of a typical Maritime spirit. It`s not surprising that the author choose to write about reincarnation, it`s in perfect fitting with the mystery that surrounds our coastal shores; like the ebb and flow of the tides that surround our pennisula, the story depicts the agony of life, birth and death and the constantly changing ectasy of life itself. I will definitely read more novels from this author...and so should you...
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