Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson

I don't think I was in the mood for this book because I didn't really enjoy it. I have heard so many people say they loved it and how good it was. Maybe I was just waiting for something like the first book I had read by this author, The Bridge to Terabithia. This was NOTHING like that...it is based on a bible verse about Esau and Jacob.
This story takes place in the 1940's era on the Chesapeake Bay. It is about twin sisters. It is told from the perspective of one of the twins. She constantly compares herself to her beautiful talented sister and she can't see anything good in herself. It is interesting to see the rivalry between siblings from a one sided view. The author also gets into other relationships with this sister and I like how you can see her point of view but not agree with it. The book is a a lot of complaining and feeling sorry for herself.
I'm glad it has a happy ending, which is a bit rushed but at least it all comes together.
I love the wonderful storytelling about the fishermen that worked so hard from before sunrise to sunset providing for their families generation after generation. The history of this little island and the lives lived there is fascinating. I didn't ever know any thing about crabs but the book put new perspective on their complicated cycles.
My favorite part was when they have to catch all the cats in the old ladies house. You will have to read it to see what happens.

Whole Book

1 comment:

hairyshoefairy said...

I really like this book, I'm sorry you didn't like it more. I understand what you mean about the mail character complaining and feeling sorry for herself all the time and being rather self-centered but when I remember she's an angsty teenager I find it very fitting. I always cry at the end.