The Light Between the Oceans kept popping up as “recommended” for me so I finally gave in and read it. And it’s not a bad book, it’s just not my kind of book. The circumstances and setting are fascinating but ultimately I was more than happy to move on to my next read. Good for someone, not for me. The primary characters of this book are a lighthouse keeper, Tom, and his young wife, Isabelle. He has taken the posting on Janus Island, a hundred miles of the western coast of Australia (this Janus Island is fictional. A quick google […]
**Sort of spoilery review, because I have things I need to say.** I picked up this book as it was the April pick for my local library book club, of which I am a new member. I put it off because I knew this was not my kind of book. I had heard of the film adaptation and scene the trailers, and it seemed like a good movie, just not my kind of movie. I am not one for pain, and this movie (and book) seemed like a heart-wrenching tale, with a romantic center, which I do not seek out. The […]
I believe I am the third or fourth Cannonballer to post a review on M.L Stedman’s the Light Between Oceans this week alone; I would imagine we are all Pajiba readers as well who happened to see the trailer for the movie adaptation the site recently posted. Tom Sherbourne came to tend the lighthouse on Janus, a tiny island off the coast of Australia, after several years at the front lines of WWI. Before he leaves for a several years stay he meets Isabel in the coastal town of Partageuse and the two begin a correspondence that leads to marriage. […]
On a desolate island miles from civilization, a man finds himself faced with an impossible choice. The man is Tom, a stoic, principled veteran, recently returned to Australia after serving in World War I. He’s damaged goods, carrying a heavy load of guilt for being one of the few to actually make it home from the war, alive and physically unscathed. He finds a job that speaks to his solitary tendencies as a lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, an isolated island about half a day’s journey from the nearest town. Tom intends to spend the remainder of his life on […]
I read this one because it’s going to be turned into a movie starring two of my Pajiba Ten — Michael Fassbender & Rachel Weisz. Unfortunately, having read the book, there is no way in hell that I’m going to go see the movie. “You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day, every day. You have to keep remembering all the bad things.” So, the basic summary of the plot: Tom and Izzy Sherbourne live on the deserted Janus Island, off the coast of Australia, caring for its lighthouse. Newlyweds, they’ve been trying to […]
Isabel doesn’t mind the isolation of the lighthouse but she longs more than anything for a family. After two miscarriages and a stillbirth, she is beyond miserable. And that’s when an opportunity arises. Read the full review here.