Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Gift from the Sea: Review
Anne Morrow Lindbergh's very short memoir A Gift from the Sea is lyrical look at the ebb and flow of life. During a vacation by the beach, she uses various shell forms to reflect on the nature of woman's life and the nature of human relationships. She wisely suggests that we stop expecting our relationships to continue perfectly in the same manner they begin--that we need to welcome each stage as it comes, following the music that is the rhythm of our existence. Sometimes fast, sometimes slow. Sometimes in unison with our friends, relations and lovers, sometimes following the melody while they provide the harmony. And always coming back together in the important moments.
A lovely little book--full of wisdom. This review is necessarily short because to go too much in depth would be to retell Lindbergh's story. Rather than do that, I'll just suggest that you read it for yourself. Four stars.
*Written in 1955, this is my first candle for the Birth Year Challenge Honors Edition. Candle #1 in honor of Richard.
I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness, and the willingness to remain vulnerable.
The most exhausting thing in life, I have discovered, is being insincere. That is why so much of social life is exhausting; one is wearing a mask. (p. 32)
When each partner loves so completely that he has forgotten to ask himself whether or not he is loved in return; when he only knows that he loves and is moving to its music--then, and then only, are two people able to dance perfectly in tune to the same rhythm. (p. 106)