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Migrations di Charlotte McConaghy
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Migrations (originale 2020; edizione 2020)

di Charlotte McConaghy (Auteur)

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A dark past. An impossible journey. The will to survive. How far you would you go for love? Franny Stone is determined to go to the end of the earth, following the last of the Arctic terns on what may be their final migration to Antarctica. As animal populations plummet and commercial fishing faces prohibition, Franny talks her way onto one of the few remaining boats heading south. But as she and the eccentric crew travel further from shore and safety, the dark secrets of Franny's life begin to unspool. A daughter's yearning search for her mother. An impulsive, passionate marriage. A shocking crime. Haunted by love and violence, Franny must confront what she is really running towards - and from.… (altro)
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Titolo:Migrations
Autori:Charlotte McConaghy (Auteur)
Info:Flatiron Books (2020), 272 pages
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In the near future, with climate change having devastating impacts on the global climate, Franny Lynch is committed to tracking Arctic terns on their migration across the globe. In her quest to follow the terns, she attempts to join the crew of a fishing boat on a voyage in pursuit of the terns. From there, the author weaves in multiple different points in time, charting Franny's background and her often tragic life.

I get why this book is so well-rated, but I don't really think it was the book for me right now. I didn't love the suspense elements in this book, I think because it felt a little taunting to me: there are a couple (really, one) really key events that you know, through flashbacks and their impact on the present, are really important. For obvious dramatic reasons the full story of that isn't revealed until the end of the book, which is fine but felt slightly gimmicky to me. It's definitely lovely writing, but the biggest thing for me is that it is really really really bleak (with pretty explicit discussions of death and suicide), and while I think it's a worthy and excellent book, it just wasn't for me. ( )
  forsanolim | May 18, 2022 |
In the wake of a lifetime of travel and wandering, touched with tragedy, Franny Stone talks her way onboard a fishing ship so that she can track what she believes to be the final migration of the last arctic terns, from the Arctic to Antarctic. She convinces the captain, Ennis, that the birds will lead them to the remaining fish - Ennis' dreamed-of Golden Catch - and is warily welcomed aboard by the small, tight-knit crew. In first-person narrative that tacks between past and present, readers understand more of Franny's history in Ireland and Australia, her mother's death, a stillborn baby, time spent in prison, and her ornithologist husband Niall. Set in a possible near future where the sixth wave of extinctions has progressed significantly, Franny - and her birds - is a character to root for.

See also: The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

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But I've a calmer heart, too, living alongside the savage one. (53)

[My mother] was always aware of life's marvels and its perils, and of how closely entwined the two are. (66)

It isn't fair to be the kind of creature who is able to love but unable to stay. (119)

Something uncomfortable lives in the moment, waiting. (158)

I wonder if there is meaning in any death, ever. (178)

He hasn't reached whatever line he won't cross. (179)

"The stronger you are, the more dangerous the world." (Anik, 179)

But there's no way to conjure fear if it doesn't exist....I have never feared the sea. (190)

It's impossible to control someone else's capacity for forgiveness. (194)

...in our self-importance, in our search for meaning, we have forgotten how to share the planet that gave us life. (195)

All these humans have left no space for anything else. (196)

Saving specific animals purely on the basis of what they offer humanity may be practical, but wasn't this attitude the problem to begin with? (209)

So in my heart I let them go. Nothing should have to struggle so much. If the animals have died it will not have been quietly. It will not have been without a desperate fight. It they've died, all of them, it's because we made the world impossible for them. (221)

"There's a difference between wandering and leaving." (Niall to Franny, 232)

"All our touching does is destroy." (Niall, 250) ( )
  JennyArch | May 11, 2022 |
I cried a lot reading this book, which is apocalyptic with elements of Moby Dick. In this world, which is our world too, the animals have mostly gone extinct. The book renders the world we're losing into a narrative of crystalline sadness.

"In winter months the long hanging leaves would turn white like the snow on the ground, or like the wispy whiskers of an ancient man, and the crows hiding among them were stark spots of coal. To me they were the presence of something profound, though at six I didn't know what. Something like loneliness, or its opposite. They were time, and the world; they were the distances they could fly and the places to which I could never follow." ( )
  Crae | Apr 13, 2022 |
I didn't think I'd like it at first, but I did.
  SueWyman | Mar 30, 2022 |
I am a little speechless after finishing this book, it was beautiful and a little haunting. I was gripped from the very beginning by this possible (and unfortunately realistic) future world, was carried through the story by the captivating and intriguing character that is Franny Stone, and was brought to near tears by the ending. There were a couple points at the end where I think the book could have ended just as easily and been just as well done but I did enjoy the end note of hope that author managed to instil. I would definitely recommend.

On a more practical note, I would say the book has a medium pace and has great character development. The writing was well done, painting the image while not getting into too much detail (I never felt like I could just skip large portions of text because it is just description like I have with other books). The feel of the book is adventurous, reflective, mysterious and emotional. ( )
  IlonaA | Feb 3, 2022 |
Young adult novelist McConaghy (the Chronicles of Kaya series) makes her adult debut with the clunky chronicle of Franny Stone, a troubled woman who follows a flock of endangered Arctic terns on what is believed to be their final migration home. While McConaghy’s plot is engaging, her writing can be a heavy-handed distraction (“out flies my soul, sucked through my pores”). Lovers of ornithology and intense drama will find what they need in this uneven tale.
aggiunto da VivienneR | modificaPublisher's Weekly (Jun 15, 2020)
 

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Nome dell'autoreRuoloTipo di autoreOpera?Stato
Charlotte McConaghyautore primariotutte le edizionicalcolato
Kreinik, BarrieNarratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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A dark past. An impossible journey. The will to survive. How far you would you go for love? Franny Stone is determined to go to the end of the earth, following the last of the Arctic terns on what may be their final migration to Antarctica. As animal populations plummet and commercial fishing faces prohibition, Franny talks her way onto one of the few remaining boats heading south. But as she and the eccentric crew travel further from shore and safety, the dark secrets of Franny's life begin to unspool. A daughter's yearning search for her mother. An impulsive, passionate marriage. A shocking crime. Haunted by love and violence, Franny must confront what she is really running towards - and from.

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