Selkie Dreams

Selkie Dreams Belfast Haunted by her mother s death M ire McNair is lured by the selkie myth to the promise of the Alaskan wilds to fulfill her dream of finding acceptance Cunning and determination get her t

  • Title: Selkie Dreams
  • Author: Kristin Gleeson
  • ISBN: 9781908483270
  • Page: 166
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Belfast, 1895 Haunted by her mother s death, M ire McNair is lured by the selkie myth to the promise of the Alaskan wilds to fulfill her dream of finding acceptance Cunning and determination get her there in the guise of teaching at the Tlingit Indian mission But Alaska proves complex and difficult than she imagined, and the hope that this new place would transformBelfast, 1895 Haunted by her mother s death, M ire McNair is lured by the selkie myth to the promise of the Alaskan wilds to fulfill her dream of finding acceptance Cunning and determination get her there in the guise of teaching at the Tlingit Indian mission But Alaska proves complex and difficult than she imagined, and the hope that this new place would transform her is elusive as ever The censorious Mrs Paxson, the wife of the trading post manager, constantly finds fault with M ire s efforts to instruct the native children She has her own plans and M ire is in the way Will M ire be able to forge her own way and make a success of her teaching And what should she do about the handsome yet moody Lieutenant Green who is aggressively courting her Natsilane is the Tlingit erstwhile mission prot g Troubled and disaffected, he finds himself battling M ire s naive views and prejudices as he seeks to regain his own cultural identity by resuming a traditional lifestyle that draws from the Tlingit myth But he cannot escape his past with the mission, nor can he or M ire escape the mutual attraction they feel In a world that permits no rule breakers, will the power of myths trump all

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    1. After a lot of consideration I gave this book 4 stars, but it's really more like 3 1/2. There were aspects that I absolutely loved, but the ending was a let down.What I loved was the combination of Celtic and Tlingit (First Nations or Native American) Mythology. The leading character Máire, has been brought up to believe that her mother was a Selkie. When her widowed father attempts to marry her off to a much older business partner, Máire accepts a job teaching in an Alaskan Tlingit mission as [...]

    2. 3.5 stars actually. Original review posted at Layers of Thought.A historical novel set in England and Alaska during Victorian times. It has Native Alaskan mythology with a bit from the British Isles woven through it.About: Marie is a young woman who has grown up without her mum. Living with her wealthy father in England, the household’s cook tells Marie stories that lead her to believe that her mum was a selkie – a mythological creature that is seal in the ocean and human on land. It becomes [...]

    3. Rating: 3½ starsI've read several books lately that have left me with mixed feelings, and SELKIE DREAMS is one of them. Overall, I thought this was a well-written story set in a unique time and place. The protagonist is Máire is a lost soul desperate to escape a bad situation in her life. She grew up in Belfast without a mother, raised instead by a cold and distant father. The family cook told her stories about her mother being a selkie, returning to the sea shortly after Máire was born. It's [...]

    4. It's when I read books about the harsh clash between missionaries and those they seek to convert that I realize just how judgmental, harsh, and brutal colonialism is. Selkie Dreams by Kristin Gleeson is one of those kind of books.Máire, an innocent young woman of Ireland, lives with her father, their cook, and two maids. Her mother is long gone, reportedly a selkie (seal-woman) who had been trapped on land for seven years and went back to the sea shortly after Máire's death. In order to escape [...]

    5. Wonderful story but abrupt ending. What could’ve been a mini-series just ends in one page. I enjoyed the story and history but was complete let down by such an abrupt ending.Also, I’m not sure if it was a bad digital form that I read but punctuation, spelling, word arrangement was off throughout the book.

    6. Actually, I really quite enjoyed this book, despite the fact that it needed final tight editing - missing words/punctuation. Then I got to the final page and WHAT?!!! A trick and rather mean ending. So disappointed.

    7. Maire was an only child whose mother died when she was a mere babe. Her father was a strict parent, but he had Cook raise Maire which was wonderful for them both. Cook had no children of her own and doted on Maire. Maire was a curious young lady and always wondered about her mother. There were tales that she had been a Selkie and needed to return to the seaMaire overheard other stories as well. Since Maire always wondered what happened to her mother, she spent a great deal of time at the seashor [...]

    8. This is a wonderful story that is beautifully written! I really felt like I was transported to first Belfast then Alaska (I have always wanted to go to Alaska! LOL). This story, although fiction felt very real to me. The history and traditions of the early Alaskan people were clearly described here. This book is both interesting and fascinating. "It is a Deer Ceremony because deer are peaceful," Joseph said. 'After each side has agreed to the gifts to be given, they will have men pretend to be d [...]

    9. There is nothing more wonderful on a sunny British afternoon, than relaxing in the back garden with an excellent book. And ‘Selkie Dreams’ is just that: an excellent book.This beautifully written novel is the love story of Máire, an Irish girl who travels to Alaska to escape an unwanted marriage and the claustrophobic atmosphere of Protestant Belfast. Here she meets Natsilane, an enigmatic native man who has spurned his American education and the attempts of the missionaries to ‘civilise [...]

    10. The selkie myths and stories abound in Ireland and Scotland and represent seals who shed their skins to take on human form. Eventually, the selkies seek out their seal skin to return to the sea and leave their earthly loves to mourn for them. Reading this book was akin to holding a large sea shell up to one's ear and imagining the sounds of a soothing sea. The story is about a young Protestant girl, Maire, from 1880s Ireland who has grown up without her mother, whom she believes is a Selkie. Coo [...]

    11. I was privileged to read an original manuscript of this enchanting tale when the book first aired on one of the Harper Collins Publisher websites. It’s a mixing of two cultures, one sensual and wild, the other intellectual and suffocating. Unlike other books of legend where we see a man weeping into the sea and inadvertently summoning a Selkie princess, this is a unique story that will undoubtedly leave a residue of magic in your heart. Gleeson casts a little girl whose mother is a Selkie. She [...]

    12. Hauntingly beautiful, a book that takes you into 19th century Alaska from the viewpoint of a reluctant young Irish missionary, who cannot accept the colonial view of the native Americans she is supposed to teach, convert and of course patronise. When Maire throws off her corsets, she is abandoning more than physical constraints, showing once again the rebellious nature that Cook told her had come from her selkie mother. Maire’s search for her mother is a thread throughout the story and her sel [...]

    13. 'I don’t know if Selkie Dreams is the first novel to combine the story of a lonely nineteenth century Belfast childhood, a Presbyterian mission in Alaska, and the life and culture of the Alaskan native people, the Tlingit, that the mission serves, but I do know that this is a beautifully calibrated and vivid and interesting historical novel about love and death in the North American wilderness, that the characters are fascinating, that the evocation of the natural world and the social customs [...]

    14. A truly beautiful story, a little slow and stilted to start with, but gaining in pace as the story unfolds. Once in Alaska the tale really takes wings. The portrayal of the native peoples of alaska is colouful, detailed and so interesting. The effect of over zealous Christian missionaries on native populations is extremely well drawn.I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story is well outlined in other comments.

    15. A good story, well told for the most part, with a lovely sense of cultural differences and history. The ending is a real shocker, though. Very metaphorical, I am sure, but shocking even so.

    16. The gentle pace of this novel is in keeping with its setting and location, it also enables the reader to appreciate the underlying theme and the beauty of the prose.

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