Thursday, March 22, 2012
Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindberg
Anne Morrow Lindberg, the wife of esteemed aviator Charles Lindberg, is of course not the most celebrated author, but her novel, an essay titled Gift from the Sea should have more recognition. If this novel was to be categorized it would be placed in the nonfiction self-help section, however, this novel is more than the glitzy self-help garbage of today.
Written over half a century ago, Lindberg expresses the need for time to one’s self, the need to find one’s own spiritual existence, the absolute necessity for women to find a balance between their own needs and the needs of their families and compares all of these lessons metaphorically with shells from the beach. With its subject matter and its publishing date one would expect to find a righteous, feminist novel but that is not the case at all. Instead this book is timeless because her advice only rings more true today as women's lives become even more stressed and off-balance.
Anne Lindberg’s prose is truly a day at the beach. Her writing style is beautiful, melodic, and relaxing and kept me reading her novel. There is no suspense for this book for it is just a well-crafted essay on some lessons of life. One would most likely assume that this book is only geared to women because of its subject matter, however she often talks about the American population as a whole and regardless her advice is universal. - Rachel D., class of 2012