Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Daniel is a man who has an amazing memory. So amazing, in fact, that he can remember all of his past lives. And one component is the same in every one: Sophia.
Sophia is the one he has always loved, and always lost. He spends each life searching for her, hoping that this will be the life he finds her and gets to be with her. Of course, their bodies are always different, but their souls never change. Daniel could recognize Sophia's soul from anyones.
The book switches between descriptions of Daniel's past lives(and his memories of Sophia) and the present time(in the 21st century). Don't think that the switching is confusing, it isn't. At the beginning of each chapter is the place and year, so it is easy to keep track of the history and what is going on. It is written beautifully.
The one problem I did have with this book was the ending. I won't give anything away, but it was very sudden, as if the last chapter or two was left out. There are some rumors online about this book being the first in a trilogy, but I'm not sure if this is true or not. So far, there is no sequel. I am hoping for one to be written and published, but I'm not holding my breath.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good love story and/or history.
I know there are not a lot of things to know about giant squid, since they are very rare to see in person(alive, at least), and much is not known about their lifestyle at all. Ellis did an amazing job on this book. Each chapter has a main focus(and I have to admit, sometimes it seemed that he did go a bit off-topic), and it keeps it easier to read. There are a lot of names, places, and dates mentioned, and at times it is hard to keep track of them all. I tended to skim over the dates and all, because I do not need to know every single year that a dead giant squid washed ashore, but if you want to know, it's in there!
I loved the chapter about the mythology of the giant squid. I am very into mythology and such, so it was very interesting to me. Ellis talks about how the giant squid is most likely the basis for the myths and legends of the kraken, and he also says that sea serpent sightings may also be linked to giant squid carcasses. This makes sense because a lone tentacle floating at the top of the ocean could very much look like a giant sea snake to a sailor who has been at sea for months at a time. This whole chapter was very interesting.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in either marine biology or mythology.