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Migrations Kindle Edition
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A Best Book of the Year (TIME)
"Visceral and haunting...As well as a first-rate work of climate fiction, Migrations is also a clever reimagining of Moby-Dick...This novel's prose soars with its transporting descriptions of the planet's landscapes and their dwindling inhabitants, and contains many wonderful meditations on our responsibilities to our earthly housemates...Migrations is a nervy and well-crafted novel, one that lingers long after its voyage is over."
--The New York Times Book Review
--The Washington Post "An aching and poignant book, and one that's pressing in its timeliness. It's often devastating in its depictions of grief, especially the wider, harder to grasp grief of living in a world that has changed catastrophically...But it's also a book about love, about trying to understand and accept the creatureliness that exists within our selves, and what it means to be a human animal, that we might better accommodate our own wildness within the world."
"Powerful...Vibrant...Unique...If worry is the staple emotion that most climate fiction evokes in its readers, Migrations--the novelistic equivalent of an energizing cold plunge--flutters off into more expansive territory...McConaghy has a gift for sketching out enveloping, memorable characters using only the smallest of strokes... Migrations, rather than struggle to convince readers of some plan of environmental action, instead puts humans in their place."
--Los Angeles Times "Thrilling...In piecing together who this mysterious protagonist really is, McConaghy creates a detailed portrait of a woman on the cusp of collapse, consumed with a world that is every bit as broken as she is. Migrations offers a grim window into a future that doesn't feel very removed from our own, which makes Franny's voice all the more powerful. In understanding how nature can heal us, McConaghy underlines why it urgently needs to be protected."
--TIME "A good nautical adventure...Migrations moves at a fast, exciting clip, motored as much by love for 'creatures that aren't human' as by outrage at their destruction."
--The Wall Street Journal
[A] tantalizingly beautiful epic.
--Elle "You can practically hear the glaciers cracking to pieces and the shrill yelps of the circling terns."
--Vulture "Suspenseful, atmospheric...As much a mystery as an odyssey."
--Vogue Gorgeous...A personal reckoning that cuts right to the heart. This beautiful novel is an ode--if not an elegy--to an endangered planet and the people and places we love."
--Literary Hub At a time when it feels like we're at the end of the world, this novel about a different kind of end of the world serves as both catharsis and escape.
--Harper's Bazaar An ode to our disappearing natural world.
"Migrations is a gripping tale that ultimately celebrates the beauty and resilience of the creatures--human and animal--that endure."
--Sierra Magazine "An exceptional novel that is both elegy and page-turning thriller."
"[Migrations] could be taking place in two years or 20 years, but it could just as well be happening today...A consummate blend of issue and portrait, warning and affirmation, this heartbreaking, lushly written work is highly recommended."
--Library Journal (starred review) "Transfixing, gorgeously precise...[The] evocation of a world bereft of wildlife is piercing; Franny's otherworldliness is captivating, and her extreme misadventures and anguished secrets are gripping."
--Booklist (starred review) Migrations is as beautiful and as wrenching as anything I've ever read. This is an extraordinary novel by a wildly talented writer.
--Emily St. John Mandel, author of The Glass Hotel and Station Eleven This novel is enchanting, but not in some safe, fairy-tale sense. Charlotte McConaghy has harnessed the rough magic that sears our souls. I recommend Migrations with my whole heart.
--Geraldine Brooks, author of The Secret Chord and March Migrations is a wonder. I read it in a gasp. There is hope in these pages; a balm for these troubled times. Charlotte McConaghy's words cut through to the bone.
--Lara Prescott, author of The Secrets We Kept "An astounding meditation on love, trauma, and the cost of survival. A true force of a book that I read holding my breath from its start to its symphonic finish."
--Julia Fine, author of What Should Be Wild "Migrations is indeed about loss--but what makes it miraculous is that it is also about hope. Written in prose as gorgeous as the crystalline beauty of the Arctic, Migrations is deeply moving, haunting, and, yes, important."
--Caroline Leavitt, author of Pictures of You and Cruel Beautiful World
"At times devastating and, at others, surprisingly, undeniably hopeful...Brimming with stunning imagery and raw emotion, Migrations is the incredible story of personal redemption, self-forgiveness and hope for the future in the face of a world on the brink of collapse."
--Shelf Awareness --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B085Z9BTGZ
- Publisher : Penguin eBooks (4 August 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 1112 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 260 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 5,837 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It was bleak the concept of having animals wiped out and yet almost believable.
The dynamics of the characters and the development of them was beautiful.
The will to survive by animals was so well described. the waves and the icebergs I could imagine the journey...
The Terns so resilient gave me hope.
As we travel south, Franny’s story unfolds over different timelines. She is a restless soul, in search of answers, meaning and redemption. She is erratic and unpredictable, drawn to the sea. We will gradually learn what Franny is running from and what she is looking for.
‘My life has been a migration without a destination, and that in itself is senseless.’
I picked this novel up and became spellbound. I wanted to know more about Franny and her past, I wanted to understand the why and the what. This is a sad story, but it is so beautifully told that I could lose myself in some passages before being buffeted by others. Is it possible for Franny to find peace? Is it possible for the world to survive our depredations? I wonder.
The above paragraph is a very simplistic description of this book but it is just so much more that I can not begin to describe.
It’s about a woman lost and running from and to something. A woman who has experienced great love and sadness and the world on the brink of environmental wildlife disaster and yet this book has so much hope.....
Told in past and present terms, I found it very melancholic, yet wonderfully uplifting and hopeful.
It is a wake up call for the world we live in.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a digital copy to read, although I chose to listen to the audiobook via my library.
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I regret that my rating and reaction to the book does not coincide with the many who loved it. I purchased the book based on the description comparing it to Station Eleven and Flight Behavior, one of my favourite books. It was beautifully written and so atmospheric with lyrical and vivid descriptions of the turbulent sea, the ice and snow. Its overall feeling was one of melancholy and hopelessness.
Humans have thoughtlessly and selfishly wiped out wild animals from our planet through global warming, pollution and deforestation. Extinction has wiped out animals in the north such as bears, deer and wolves. Reptiles have vanished from warmer climes. Big cats, elephants, and other animals in the savannahs are extinct, as are monkeys and gorillas in the jungles. The majority of fish in the oceans have died, and most bird species are extinct. The only animals that are left are farm animals to be exploited for their meat, and pets. The disappearance of wild animals is depressing to contemplate and gives a pervasive feeling of gloom and doom.
Fanny is a wanderer and like her mother unable to put down roots in one place. Her father was absent from their lives. She has lived in Ireland and Australia. She is erratic, impulsive, and emotionally damaged.
The story begins with Fanny in Greenland. She intends to follow the awesome migration of the last Arctic terns as they make their annual flight from the Arctic to the Antarctic polar regions. She convinces a reluctant fishing captain to accept her presence on ship in return for her working on board. Next, she persuades the captain to follow the flock of terns she is tracking on their journey in order to find fish whenever the birds stop to feed. Since there has been no luck in finding fish he agrees so the crew can make a living.
Fanny's interactions with the crew are barely tolerable, but they come to accept her presence as a member of the ship's family. She is a disruptive presence onboard but usually gets her own way. She sleepwalks, endangering herself, does manual labour on the ship, and writes each day to her very patient and lonely husband at home. He is an environmentalist and professor and does not deserve her unannounced absences. She never mails these letters. She is harbouring dark secrets, carries a false passport, and is not a scientist as the crew believes. Fanny is an unreliable narrator, withholding the truth about her background, her qualifications as an ornithologist, and the purpose of her final mission from others. Early memories that disturb her are not entirely accurate.
She has the aura of a doomed person. Her interactions with the fishing crew and captain seem selfish, as she disregards danger to others while determined to get her way. When they reach Newfoundland, there are some injuries and the fishing vessel is in need of repair after a storm. They discover that fishing rights have been legally abolished due to lack of fish, and any infraction will cause seizure of the ship. There is an incident that could cause trouble with authorities for Fanny and she confesses some of her dark secrets to a horrified crew.
Soon, the captain flees with Fanny aboard a ship now in bad condition, lacking electricity, drinking water, and generally in need of repairs. He is now certain that following the Arctic terns southward will lead him to a huge harvest of fish to sell on the black market. How far will they be able to venture south? Will they find fish? There have been hints that Fanny has contemplated suicide at the end of her journey. Although I found Fanny a very annoying protagonist, the conclusion was better than I expected.