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WE, THE DROWNED by Carsten Jensen

Posted in reviewku: pirate (all), reviewku: plunder, adult fiction

OUT TO SEA AND BACK AGAIN – SHIP STORIES, SHORE STORIES, ALL STORIES TRUE

Town collective voice.

Fishermen. Waiting wives. Child-

ren. Generation.

 

Nitty Gritty:

Adult

First person plural POV shifting into third person close from specific character perspective

Magical realism

Written as if from the perspective of a town as a whole

Unique voice lends itself well to almost mystical feel of story

Town as a character

Inner turmoil and struggle of iconic characters within the town

Illustrative personalities

Sea as a contents presence

History, destiny, reality

Grounded in almost mythical structural feel

Hints and overtones of Homeric style adventures — parallels with the adventures of Odysseus

Journey of and across the sea

Death, drowning, survival, sustenance

Land versus water

Men at sea and the woman left behind

Family history, legacy, destiny

Timespan — one hundred years of town life

Alternatingly historically accurate and utterly imaginative

Details sprinkled through dialogue, setting, action, reaction

Plot arc follows wide sweeping span of events that could have — and in many cases, actually did — occur