Water, water everywhere…

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“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.  The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time.  On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops.  Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.
I am haunted by waters.”  – Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It and Other Stories

Authors use water in variety of ways in novels. It is used to create a mood – either violent with storms or gentle with the imagery of a lake at sunset. Water is used as a setting – by the ocean, at the beach, or in an oasis.  Authors use water to isolate characters from society (Lord of the Flies) by surrounding islands or by placing characters on ships. This month we are looking at books where the use of water plays a role in the development of the plot or is intrinsic to the telling of the tale. I asked the yasla-bk listserv for their suggestions of titles. We received a flood of suggestions, the suggestions poured in, the ideas flowed.

Robinson Crusoe – Defoe

Treasure Island – Stevenson

The Old Man and the Sea – Hemingway

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea – Verne

The Far Side of the World – O’Brian

Not Wanted on the Voyage – Findley

Life of Pi – Martel

Ship Breaker – Bacigalupi

Scorpio Races – Stiefvater

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Twain

The Far Side of the World – O’Brian

Birthmarked  – O’Brien

The Raft – Bodeen

The Water Wars – Stracher

They Came From Below – Nelson

Hurricane Song by Paul Volponi

Dark Water Rising – Hale

Exodus – Bertagna

Imaginary Girls – Suma

Horatio Hornblower series – Forester

Shipwreck – Korman

The Cay – Taylor.

The Island of the Blue Dolphins – O’Dell

Call It Courage – Sperry

Water Steps –  LaFaye

Dark Life – Falls

Whale Talk – Crutcher

Swim the Fly – Calame

Drought –  Bachorz

The Vicious Deep  – Cordova

The Highest Tide – Lynch.

The Killing Seas – Lewis.

Undine – Russon

Water : tales of elemental spirits – McKinley and Dickinson (short fiction)

Nation –  Pratchett

Moby Dick – Melville

Ripple Trilogy – Swanson

Ranma 1/2

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