Reading Project 2018 – Manhattan Beach #10

It took me a while to get into this book. Yes I had a slow start. But you know what? After a few pages (well actually more than a few pages) I persevered, got into the momentum and surprisingly enjoyed the story!

The book begins with Anna as an 11 year old accompanying her father on one of his business outings on Manhattan Beach. Fast forward to 10 years and we find Anna as a young woman working on a naval yard living with her mother and disabled sister in Manhattan, New York City, her father has long since disappeared for many years. From here on she goes on a journey of finding who she is and how she fits into the world. She also yearned to find out what happened to her father.

I really like this book – Jennifer Egan writes flowingly and composes her words so beautifully and eloquently but still maintains simplicity into her story-telling. I also got to learn what it was like to live in the wartime era (1930’s – 2nd World War) and in particular that part of the USA (New York City). Some of the things I learned while reading this beautiful story were:

  • Diving
  • Naval Yards
  • Gangsters/Underworld
  • Women’s place in society in the 1930’s
  • Naval terms such as Bosun – which I’ve never heard before reading the book (and for your information, a bosun is a ship’s officer in charge of equipment and crew)

Another highly recommended book from me! Enjoy and let me know what you think.

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