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The Alphabet of Light and DarkO write the stories of her ancestors But the island is also home to Pete Shelverton a sculptor who hunts feral cats to make his own peace with the past As Essie writes she finds that Pete is a part of the history she can never escap. She brought home a pamphlet about getting tatts removed In all the 'after' pictures there were still blurred shapes and upraised welts of damaged skin That was the thing about trying to erase the past; no matter what you did there were always marks

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Sie Lewis has left of her family history After her grandfather's death Essie returns to Bruny Island Tasmania and to the lighthouse where her great great grandfather kept watch for nearly 40 years Beneath the lighthouse she begins t. I imagine that this novel was written carefully lovingly even laboriously But the breathy lengthy descriptions of landscapes and the rather vague interior experiences of the rather vague main characters didn’t engage me emotionally At ALLAnd so to me the careful writing seemed twee precious Nebulous And why did Pete and Essie feel the way they felt Why did they do the things they did What was I supposed to feel What am I supposed to take away from this carefully written book which I have just finished but am already starting to forget

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The Alphabet of Light and Dark characters É 100 ´ Melding personal familial and colonial history this evocative novel explores the importance of love family and self discovery A few trinkets found in a sea chest and the fragmented memories of her grandfather's tall tales are all Essie Lewis has left of her family history After her grMelding personal familial and colonial history this evocative novel explores the importance of love family and self discovery A few trinkets found in a sea chest and the fragmented memories of her grandfather's tall tales are all Es. ‘Thirty nine he was when he went to the lighthouse Not a great age by any means but he already had the look of an old man’ The Cape Bruny Lighthouse at the southern tip of Bruny Island off the south east coast of Tasmania is the setting for Ms Wood’s novel The main character Essie Lewis is an oceanographer and aspiring author who goes to Cape Bruny both to research her family’s past and to try to find meaning in her own life In the novel in italics we read fragments of the book Essie is writing Written as a first hand contemporary account Essie writes of her great great grandfather’s experiences on Bruny Island in the late 1800s Her account captures this period with the hardships endured by lighthouse families the isolation from others and the difficult physical environment‘Essie remembers that in stories it is often the silent who end up with the task of the telling’The current caretaker of the lighthouse is Pete Shelverton hunter of feral cats and part time sculptor As children Essie and Peter knew each other briefly as adults they recognize each other as kindred spirits The past holds a fascination for Essie but what of the present and the future And what about Peter‘She knows the things that the light can’t see the things beneath the surface that pull and suck’I enjoyed the setting for this novel lighthouses have their own form of magic While Ms Wood recreates life at the Cape Bruny Lighthouse during the nineteenth century through Essie’s writing its significance in the twenty first century is not lost The light itself is automated now but lives are still attracted by it and caught up within it While the characters of Essie and Pete are interesting I found myself drawn to the past to the constant presence and role of the lighthouseJennifer Cameron Smith