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When the Night Comes by Favel Parrett

When the Night Comes

by Favel Parrett

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This was quite a nice book to read, but it didn't really GO anywhere.
The characters could have been interesting, but we really only only got to know the young girl and the sailor. I would like to have known a bit more of the background to the story, such as why the mother went to Hobart and how they met the sailor.
The ship, the Nella Dan was the main character in the book and the story about her and about her fate was very interesting. ( )
  lesleynicol | Jun 4, 2017 |
Fascinating and odd. There are three main characters in the story. Both written in the first person and since the voice hardly changes between them it can be confusing. One is an adult male sailor, the other a girl. The sailor visits the home of the girl from time to time between trips to the Antarctic. The reasons for the visit, ostensibly to visit the mother, are only understood through the point of view of the girl. Parrett weaves a story of ice and danger with one of family closeness and safety. But I think the book is really about the Nella Dan, the ship on which the sailor works, and for which the girl awaits. If there's a love story here, it is about how each character loves the Nella Dan for their own reasons. Really quite a pleasant book to read. ( )
  PhilipJHunt | May 10, 2017 |
This is a quiet and unassuming heart-breaker. Parrett's a minimalist, and the first half of the book is gentle and slow-moving, with narration from two perspectives - Bo, an assistant cook an Antarctic supply ship and Isla, an adolescent girl living in Hobart. Their lives intersect over the two seasons Bo spends docked in Hobart, and the story is told in a fragmented style, jumping backwards and forwards in time. The quiet lives of the two characters are set against beautifully described settings, be they the grey brick city of Hobart, the icy landscape of Antarctica or the claustrophobic but welcoming interior of the ship. The last section of the book is stunning, making the reader realise how much they've come to love the ship that Bo sails on (and the Isla adores) and how brief moments in lives can resonate across time and geography. It's surprisingly moving and an even better book than Parrett's earlier (and excellent) Past the Shallows. ( )
  mjlivi | Feb 2, 2016 |
This is a charming book told from the perspectives of a young girl, Isla, and a Danish sailor, Bo. Isla lives a lonely life with her mother and younger brother in the small town of Hobart in Tasmania. When her mother brings home Bo, he opens up an entire world that she never knew existed. He describes the voyages on his ship, the Nella Gay, to Antartica. His descriptions allow Isla and the reader to see, feel, hear, and sometimes taste the experiences of travelling to one of the most forbidding and beautiful places on earth.

Their friendship ends when the Nella Gay is wrecked and scrapped, meaning Bo will not be returning to the port of Hobart, but their time together has allowed Isla to envision a future for herself far from the tiny world she knows. It is a novel about friendship, dreams, and possibility.

I would recommend this novel for secondary students or adults. Younger students would, I believe, be confused and put off by the less than clear transition between narrators, times, and places. ( )
  DrApple | Jan 23, 2015 |
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Isla is a lonely girl who moves to Hobart with her mother and brother to try and better their lives. It's not really working until they meet Bo, a crewman on an Antarctic supply ship, the Nella Dan, who shares stories about his adventures with them--his travels, bird watching, home in Denmark, and life on board the ship. Isla is struggling to learn what truly matters and who to trust; and this modern Viking is searching to understand his past and find a place in this world for himself. Though their time together is short, it's enough to change the course of both their lives. And what they give each other might mean they can both eventually find their way home.… (more)

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