Saudade

Saudade The interwoven stories of Ann Parker s past and the Azores past unfold in Saudade Not discovered until the th century the archipelago became a crossroad of cultures during the Age of Exploration Se

  • Title: Saudade
  • Author: Miriam Winthrop
  • ISBN: 9781310394492
  • Page: 233
  • Format: ebook
  • The interwoven stories of Ann Parker s past and the Azores past unfold in Saudade.Not discovered until the 15th century, the archipelago became a crossroad of cultures during the Age of Exploration Settlers planted orange orchards and tea plantations, excelled at whaling and fishing, made cheeses and wines prized by European royalty, and they thrived until one by one tThe interwoven stories of Ann Parker s past and the Azores past unfold in Saudade.Not discovered until the 15th century, the archipelago became a crossroad of cultures during the Age of Exploration Settlers planted orange orchards and tea plantations, excelled at whaling and fishing, made cheeses and wines prized by European royalty, and they thrived until one by one their endeavors were dealt death blows by disease, politics, and cataclysmic volcanic eruptions Immigrating and returning to the homeland became a pattern of life, and by the 1960s there were Americans of Azorean descent than there were Azoreans.Ann Parker was one of those descendants, separated from her heritage by a mother who saw only the stigma of being an immigrant I knew most of what my mother told me about my family history was either a refraction of reality, distorted by how it was presented, or a distillation that fashioned truth from something inconsequential, while letting the essential element escape But I could never be certain which of the two a particular story was Caught between a tragic past and a bleak future, Ann finds solace in exploring the lives of her ancestors and uses their persistence to inspire her own At a time when even a trip to a nearby village or island was an adventure, leaving the boundaries of their world behind was a test of courage Without the ability to reach back, they were cut off from the people, places, and culture that had defined them They could not board a plane to return to a dying mother They could not telephone to hear the voice of a loved one when they were overwhelmed They could not turn to the priest who had baptized them or the grandmother who had cradled them or the cousin they had shared secrets with Most carried no pictures with them, and the faces of those they left behind would surely fade over time It was absolute separation from everything When Ann finds herself without family, disconnected from friends, and shunned by the career around which she built her life, she flees to the islands She explores the geography and rich history of Pico in her walks around the island Man, too, had left records The mantle of dark volcanic soil, formed when cooled magma eroded and the land lay fallow over millennia, had brought farmers and ranchers, and the wheels of the oxcarts that carried their milk, meat, and produce to market left ruts in the rock There were orchards that disease had forced to become vineyards, and vineyards that disease had forced into ruin Pico was dotted with Dutch windmills, once used to grind wheat that no longer grew, and along the coast were low stone buildings, scattered with disarticulated skeletons, where whales were once processed Houses abandoned in the diaspora were hidden in vegetation, some still holding the half rotted belongings of emigrants who intended or perhaps just futilely hoped to return Memorable people come to life in the village of Porto Velho Their kindness and the beauty around her begin to heal Ann The land became an entity with a dimension beyond what I could quantify as a scientist Voluptuous hills lifted me up and set me down, tickling my ankles with silky petals and leaves towering cliffs dared me grass invited me to stretch out and offered oblivion sand dunes embraced me with warmth and the island played music for me in the tinkling melodies of brooks, the counterpoint of rushing water and breeze driven leaves, and the rhythm of my own heartbeat The resilience of the Azorean people inspires Ann to endure When one by one her challenges come to light, the reader will root for her to remain hopeful, and as she explores her past and possible future, she will remind the reader of the value of the present.

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    1. I picked this one up to read in preparation for a recent trip to the Azores. In some ways it was exactly what I was looking for, and in other ways it missed the mark completely.Ann Parker's life is falling apart, so she decides to spend an indeterminate amount of time in Pico, licking her wounds while continuing her genealogical search into her family's connection to the Azores. What I really liked about this novel is the setting - place, history, traditions, the people, natural history, etc. Le [...]

    2. Wow, what a journey! This book has just made it to my favorites list. It covers the island of Pico in all its beauty, the people, the places, through different eras. Absolutely awe inspiring. The writing is stunner, very deep at times, grabbed me by the throat here and there. There was laughter and tears, a lot of indepth character and always glorious nature. Must read!

    3. I actually read and rated this first a few months ago, and I really did love it. I decided to return and write a review because this book has stayed with me as strongly as any of my favorites. Not only is Ann one of the most memorable characters I have met but--in retrospect--Saudade is one of the most perfectly crafted pieces of writing on my shelves. Winthrop has a unique "blended" approach to telling her story, creating layer upon layer of sublime reading. True, it is an engrossing story, but [...]

    4. This book was a complete package for me: an engrossing storyline; a richly depicted setting that made me want to get on a plane and relocate there; a movingly portrayed, believable heroine; and uplifting messages that don't hit you over the head by being too "preach-y." Saudade is an ingenious, inventive story. And I learned so much! It wasn't until days and weeks later that I appreciated how much fact was woven into the fiction. Not only did a discover a part of the world I knew nothing about-- [...]

    5. Ann is a memorable, fascinating, realistic character. I felt such empathy for her, even as she made choices I knew were wrong. An inventive story. Great plot, weaving together stories of the past and present. And a surprise twist that will leave you smiling. An uplifting, hopeful ending. A bonus is the beautiful illustrations the author has included.

    6. One of a kind masterpieceI thoroughly enjoyed this book due to the exquisite vocabulary, which expanded my own. I don't know how or why I was drawn to this book, it must have been preordained. It happens that my grandfather was born in Pico and immigrated to America in the early 1900's. I found, based on the genealogical research I am currently doing, that the author's knowledge of the history of Pico is factually accurate. I also was drawn into the story along with the heroine and made scientif [...]

    7. I cannot count this as read because I skimmed through more of it than I actually read. This book did not hold my interest at all.

    8. Saudade went straight to my heart. I wanted to spend time with the characters, and thanks to superb writing, that's exactly what I was able to do. It's also a book that appeals on many levels. It took me to places I had never been. It taught me about things I never knew. It made me feel things I had never felt.

    9. I loved this book. So very moving. I had no idea what to expect.ose it because we are on a transatlantic cruise stopping in Ponta Delgada and i wanted to read something set in the Azores. However i did have a problem with the ending.i am a very analytical person and i find magic realism something i cant always follow. I would love to see a discussion of the book.

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