Ahab's Wife: Or, The Star-gazer: A Novel

by Sena Jeter Naslund

HarperCollins | October 6, 2009 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Ahab's Wife: Or, The Star-gazer: A Novel is rated 3.2 out of 5 by 5.

From the opening line—"Captain Ahab was neither my first husband nor my last"—you will know that you are in the hands of a master storyteller and in the company of a fascinating woman hero. Inspired by a brief passage in Moby-Dick, Sena Jeter Naslund has created an enthralling and compellingly readable saga, spanning a rich, eventful, and dramatic life. At once a family drama, a romantic adventure, and a portrait of a real and loving marriage, Ahab's Wife gives new perspective on the American experience.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: October 6, 2009

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061983691

ISBN - 13: 9780061983696

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Lacks energy and any sense of story I usually finish books, even when I'm not fully invested in the story or characters, out of a sense of duty. Not so Ahab's Wife. One might say that one shouldn't write a review when one hasn't finished the book, but in my case, not finishing the book is the review. I felt like I was being taken advantage of, as a passive audience for a terribly drawn-out story with shallow characters.
Date published: 2015-01-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Ugh. I picked this up because I loved Naslund’s “Abundance.” Up until page 100, I was really liking “Ahab’s Wife.” The language is wonderful and creates a tone so seemingly appropriate for the time. However, Una, the main character, is a little too glorious and indomitable to be believable. And when the other characters started chiming in (like Ahab’s fire speech), I couldn’t take the over-the-top deluge anymore.
Date published: 2014-11-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was o.k. This is the story of Ahab's wife, Captain Ahab from Moby Dick. This book follows Una from when she is a child living with her aunt, uncle and cousin at a lighthouse, to her leaving and stowing away as a cabin boy on a ship, then through her three marriages. It was ok. Way too long. There were so many different sections, things that happened... Some I was more interested in than others. My favourite part of the book was probably Una's four years at the lighthouse with her family. Other than that, my mind wandered a lot of the time (though there were bouts of interest), and when I wasn't reading, I wasn't being pulled back to read. The only reason I kept coming back to it was to finish it, and move on. Maybe I would have liked it more if I remembered Moby Dick from high school? I don't recall liking Moby Dick, though, so I'm not sure that would have helped. The interview with the author at the end of the book was interesting.
Date published: 2013-01-07

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Kobo eBookAhab's Wife: Or, The Star-gazer: A Novel

Ahab's Wife: Or, The Star-gazer: A Novel

by Sena Jeter Naslund

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: October 6, 2009

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061983691

ISBN - 13: 9780061983696

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From the opening line—"Captain Ahab was neither my first husband nor my last"—you will know that you are in the hands of a master storyteller and in the company of a fascinating woman hero. Inspired by a brief passage in Moby-Dick, Sena Jeter Naslund has created an enthralling and compellingly readable saga, spanning a rich, eventful, and dramatic life. At once a family drama, a romantic adventure, and a portrait of a real and loving marriage, Ahab's Wife gives new perspective on the American experience.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.