➶ [Reading] ➸ Where the Crawdads Sing By Delia Owens ➫ – Kairafanan.co

there are currently 582 people waiting for this book at my library at first i thought that notification was a glitch but then i read this, this impossibly tender story, and now im shocked as to why the waitlist isnt twice that there is a reason this book has become so sought after, and it feels like a privilege to have experienced it this is one of the most memorable coming of age stories i have read in quite some time it is a story that proves the growth of a person and the cultivation of nature are not mutually exclusive this book is a celebration of all life, human and mother earth alike there is a very special connection between kya and the environment which raised her the elegant prose and lyrical depictions of the marshlands are so beautifully comforting, guiding the reader through kyas world, just as it guided her throughout life i cannot describe what an intimate feeling it is, to see the world through kyas eyes its so enlightening to see someone comprehend that even though there is a harshness to surviving, there is also immense wonder and beauty.this story is as touching as it is inspiring and i now have a very strong desire to take an evening walk, look at the stars, and just marvel at the world in which i live 5 stars I m typically skeptical of books that are hyped to high heavens and end up on every book club list for months straight, not because they aren t worthy, but because I can let my expectations get the best of me and keep me from fully enjoying a wonderful book This book exceeded my already high expectations it emanates a quiet power, a slow drawing in and connection of reader to book, one that I found myself able to get lost in due to the lush atmosphere and the depth of emotion I can see now why this book is getting so much attention, and am thrilled to see that for once the hype train was right on track. For Years, Rumors Of The Marsh Girl Have Haunted Barkley Cove, A Quiet Town On The North Carolina Coast So In Late , When Handsome Chase Andrews Is Found Dead, The Locals Immediately Suspect Kya Clark, The So Called Marsh Girl But Kya Is Not What They Say Sensitive And Intelligent, She Has Survived For Years Alone In The Marsh That She Calls Home, Finding Friends In The Gulls And Lessons In The Sand Then The Time Comes When She Yearns To Be Touched And Loved When Two Young Men From Town Become Intrigued By Her Wild Beauty, Kya Opens Herself To A New Life Until The Unthinkable HappensPerfect For Fans Of Barbara Kingsolver And Karen Russell, Where The Crawdads Sing Is At Once An Exquisite Ode To The Natural World, A Heartbreaking Coming Of Age Story, And A Surprising Tale Of Possible Murder Owens Reminds Us That We Are Forever Shaped By The Children We Once Were, And That We Are All Subject To The Beautiful And Violent Secrets That Nature Keeps 4.53 across 160,000 ratings on Goodreads 400 holds at my library I actually had to buy this 1 on the charts On virtually every Book Club s reading list.and I can t finish it I m sorry I do realise with those numbers it is definitely me I read all of Part 1 and the first chapter of Part 2, then I gave up at page 156 Nothing seemed to be happening other than Kya fishing and cooking grits There are lots of pretty nature metaphors like Waves slammed one another, awash in their own white saliva, breaking apart on the shore with loud booms energy searching for a beachhead Then they flattened into quiet tongues of foam, waiting for the next surge. But I just don t enjoy descriptions of trees, swamps and bugs that much It s funny Usually when a book doesn t float my boat, I can still totally understand the hype I wouldn t have called this one, though, I must admit Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube I really enjoyed the parts of this book that were related to the marsh and the natural world, but the story itself did not wow me I am definitely in the minority here many glowing reviews, but it had a women s literature flavor to me that I don t personally care for.A nice fiction debut for Owens just not my cuppa. 4.5 stars rounded up.A story of survival, of what the depth of loneliness feels like when a young girl is abandoned first by her mother, then her four siblings Even at five Kya understands why they left because of her father, because of his meanness, his abuse, his drinking What she doesn t understand is why they left her behind and neither could I She remains pretty much alone since her father comes and goes until he doesn t come back It was gutting as she sits on the beach with the gulls not wanting them to fly away and leave her too Heartbreaking how she is neglected and abandoned, remembering the beatings, trying to figure out a way to eat Atmospheric is an understatement, and I don t use that word often because it seems overused sometimes but this place, the marsh permeates just about everything that is meaningful in this story beginning with Kya s realization And the marsh became her mother The marsh becomes her life, her livelihood, the essence of who she becomes through her self learned expertise of the insects and the birds, her art But is it enough to heal her The kind hearts of Jumpin and Mabel who help a little girl alone and in need, the only human contact she has until her brother s friend Tate comes into her life, but is that enough to help her heal I love the writing, fabulous descriptions of the marsh The marsh and its inhabitants, the insects, the fish, the birds which pique Kya s curiosity, give her so much joy and company, and allow her to become the expert she does become on the marsh and marsh life But is that enough to make Kya whole after so much hurt and loneliness There s a murder mystery, not my usual fare, but I was totally engaged, trying to come up with who the murderer was, totally engaged in the courtroom scenes I gave it 4.5 stars because there were a couple of things that felt not quite realistic But when I woke up thinking about this story, I knew I would round it up to 5 stars I don t often cry over books, but this one definitely brought me to tears at a number of places Overall it was such a fabulous read, heartbreaking in so many ways, with wonderful writing and characters, a stunning portrait of a place, of the trauma of loss and loneliness My heart was always broken for Kya, a character to remember An unforgettable ending This was a monthly read with Esil and Diane and as always I appreciate their thoughts as we read together In this case, we have very similar feelings about this beautiful story.I received an advanced copy of this book from G.P Putnam s Sons through Edelweiss. All of you talked me into reading this book The Goodreads reviews were virtually unanimously good, not just good, great It had to be good, I thought And because I needed an extra audiobook I bought it on Libro.fm and locked myself into reading it Bad decision.This book is just a pile of tropes and cliches dressed up in some nice nature writing The plot is not much of a plot and the mystery makes up only a small section of the book, and much of it ends up being courtroom scenes and not much mystery This book is basically Manic Pixie Dream Girl In the Marsh We spend a long time with young Kya, abandoned, fending for herself, almost entirely isolated I was willing to be patient through all that, to see what kind of person she would grow into because that had the potential to be very interesting.Except it was not It became less interesting the longer I read Because Kya doesn t act like a person who has been almost entirely isolated She just acts like a regular loner Sure, she may have some habits that fit with her strange upbringing, but she seems to understand people and language just like a regular person I was nearly out of my head with frustration that the book had spent so long telling me how different she was only to have her be just the same as most people Deciding to never love again because everyone leaves you is a pretty regular person thing to do when you re in your 20 s, for example This isn t a book of deep psychological insight You can probably guess from a couple of chapters in how it will end And you would be right There are no real revelations, the plot is pretty obvious ahead of time And it s all rather confusing because there are sections where Owens writes well, her courtroom scenes are actually quite competent, but on both the broad strokes and the specific details nothing here really rings true And the time that passed the I got annoyed with this book so it finally fell from 3 stars to a rare 2 star review I usually quit a 2 star book If you re going to give me a plot I ve seen a thousand times, at least wrap it in some keen insight or character development But sadly this was a failure for me all around. MEMORABLE CHARACTERS AND MEMORABLE STORY For me to rate a book five stars it has to give me something bout of the ordinary, make me feel Most of all it has to be a book or contain a character or characters that I won t forget Above all it has to make me feel This book did all three Kya, aka Catherine Clark, the Marsh girl is an unforgettable character, abandoned by her mother at she six, her siblings shortly after By ten she was alone in the Marsh raising herself, her main source of comfort the natural life found in the North Carolina Marsh, the gulls she fed daily She learned not to trust nor depend on anyone but herself She was smart, curious, feArless and so lonely As if this character wasn t enough to remember, there are also some supporting characters that play an integral part in her life Jumpin and Mabel, a black couple that try to help Kya in whatever way she will accept Tate, who has known her since she was small, teaches her to read anc much What will one do in the face of such loneliness How much will they sacrifice if they reach out, trust Prejudice is a big theme, because as the Marsh girl she is considered illiterate, unclean, and none in the village reach out to help There is of course a villian, who claims to love her, but marries another, breaking her heart This is there another thread comes in, a story told in alternate chapters, as when he is murdered , she is accused Also where another wonderful character comes in, a man, 74 years old, a retired lawyer who comes out of retirement to defend her against a town that already assumes she is guilty.I could nitpick a few things, but I won t I loved and learned much about the natural world, a different way of looking at things On walks I take along the river I will look at things I ordinarily wouldn t A survival story, what Kya has to do it not easy, but since she has little choice it is what she does Making the most of what one has, regardless of how little More than one I had tears running down my face, so this gets five, big marshmallow stars from this reader.This was mine, Angela and Esils August read, and as always our reads and discussions are something in which I look forward.ARC from Edelweiss. You know that person The one who doesn t like what everyone else seems to love There has to be someone in the outlier club and this time it is me I was highly anticipating this book after reading all the praise from readers whose tastes usually align with my own Unfortunately, I should have DNF d this one when very early in the book, my eyes glazed over and I began skimming pages and pages of descriptive writing The author is a nature writer and those sections were undoubtably well written But I don t care for overly descriptive writing And then there s poetry I skipped over those as well Everything other reviewers say they enjoyed were things I intensely disliked I struggled with believability I won t list them all, but the implausibility of every single plot point was something I couldn t get past To make things worse, romance is not a genre I enjoy and the romance in this book had a very YA feel to it Finally, I found the use of dialect distracting to read and often in the same paragraph a character would switch from local dialect to proper English.Sometimes my love of the story or the strength of the writing is enough for me to ignore implausibility and move past a few things I don t like This wasn t one of those times.Recommended for readers who enjoy long, descriptive nature writing, and those who have no trouble suspending disbelief If I had known these things before starting this book I would have skipped it, so perhaps my review will help other readers like me Thanks to Edelweiss for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review 5 Stars, easily WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING is a gentle yet symbolic depiction of the valiant survival of Kya Clark a reclusive young girl who has been abandoned by her parents, siblings, school system, the entire town surrounding her, and what ultimately feels like life itself Mother Nature has literally become Kya s caretaker, and deep in a lonely Marsh along the North Carolina coast is where Kya will not only hide, but blossom into a primal independent being, coaxed inside the loyal embrace of an indiscriminate wilderness as she embodies its uninhibited spirit Until a young boy from yonder befriends Kya, and her lonely existence is shaken straight to its solemn core Add to that the curious unsolved murder of the town s local Golden Boy , and all that s left to say is GAME ON Although this story delivers one hell of a powerful punch, it is sculpted with quite a humble hand a delicate wind that keeps building and building until it ends up emphatically blowing your mind The writing The Writing Prose so unique so breathtaking so utterly beautiful that a single description of a firefly suddenly grows so intimate and probing, and I might have gotten something in my eye sniff Here you ll find sentences that read like poetry, with a lyrical rhythm that sways the reader like the gentle rocking of a boat Yet it is not showy over 0ver the top but perfect Owens doesn t tell us what to think, but alludes to each message through writing so alive you can almost hear it breathing She carries us through her dense, atmospheric tone and persuades us to seek and find discover and examine, all on our own She allows her striking imagery to guide us as the marsh has guided Kya, and I felt as though I could smell the sea and taste the sweetness of new love Kya s journey spans years, the reader present from her childhood into maturity I love this story s ode to wilderness and Mother Earth with all her glorious wonder her instinctual need to nurture and protect I love each character s flawed nature as well as those redeemed I love the heart and soul that saturates every inch of this story, and than anything, I LOVE that spectacularly bold ending There were a few tedious moments where I thought this story might begin to drag and possibly not live up to its hype, but I was wrong, and this story was so, SO right To the reader who appreciates nature s effortless beauty honored in fiction to those who seek a love story every bit true as it is tender to the one who needs a tantalizing murder mystery to spice things up, and for those who tend to root for the underdog in hopes she ll someday sparkle like the gem she is this one s for youTraveling Friends Read