High Tide (2020)

High Tide Inga Ābele Kaija Straumanis High Tide Told or less in reverse chronological order High Tide is the story of Ieva her dead lover her imprisoned husband and the way their youthful decisions dramatically impacted the rest of their lives
  • Title: High Tide
  • Author: Inga Ābele Kaija Straumanis
  • ISBN: 9781934824801
  • Page: 385
  • Format: Paperback
High Tide Inga Ābele Kaija Straumanis Told or less in reverse chronological order, High Tide is the story of Ieva, her dead lover, her imprisoned husband, and the way their youthful decisions dramatically impacted the rest of their lives Taking place over three decades, High Tide functions as a sort of psychological mystery, with the full scope of Ieva s personal situation and the relationship between thTold or less in reverse chronological order, High Tide is the story of Ieva, her dead lover, her imprisoned husband, and the way their youthful decisions dramatically impacted the rest of their lives Taking place over three decades, High Tide functions as a sort of psychological mystery, with the full scope of Ieva s personal situation and the relationship between the three main characters only becoming clear at the end of the novel One of Latvia s most notable young writers, bele is a fresh voice in European fiction her prose is direct, evocative, and exceptionally beautiful The combination of strikingly lush descriptive writing with the precision with which she depicts the minds of her characters elevates this novel from a simple story of a love triangle into a fascinating, philosophical, haunting book.
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  1. Blair

    I totally forgot I hadn t written a review of this And I didn t make any notes And I ve read eight books since I finished it and now I m really struggling to come up with anything that might resemble a passable review Aargh I suppose the important thing is that I loved it Translated beautifully from the original Latvian, the story charts the life of a woman named Ieva, and is told in reverse chronological order loosely it jumps around a bit It isn t a plot led story, a backwards journey through [...]

  2. Chad Post

    This is a pretty spectacular book It relates in reveres the life story of Ieva, tracing backwards from her present state of uncertainty and depression through the death of her lover, birth of her daughter, her trip abroad, etc On a line by line level, the writing is incredible sensitive, evocative, and sharp And although it doesn t have the annoying figure it out sort of gamesmanship of a Memento or Irreversible, it s interesting to hit the point where everything from the beginning of the book s [...]

  3. Sarah Anne

    High Tide is told in an interesting reverse chronological time frame that I really enjoyed There were a number of things that were quite confusing but I basically had to tell myself to not worry about it too much because I would get the answers farther in There was one thing that really puzzled me and I m hoping that my group discussion can help me.The book primarily follows a Latvian woman named Ieva through a series of regressive steps through her life It also brings in her husband as a POV ch [...]

  4. Will

    Read and edited this intense book over the summer while working for Open Letter A beautiful backwards flowing narrative that weaves the stories of one woman s loves in and around life with all its complexities, the different faces, the different types of love, the love that is sad, the love that kills, the love that overflows, the sexual love, the pure love A remarkable book, can t wait to see it in print, fully edited And, to wit, the first Latvian book I ever read, and I m curious to read , , [...]

  5. Dita

    3.5 zvaigz ot s zvaigznes Katram,kur kl tien v rojis cilv ku dzimstam vai mirstam, k st skaidrs, ka dz ve neb t nav joks To var un vajag uztvert k labu, izdevu os joku, bet p c b t bas tas nav joks Ja tevi sasniedzis gaismas k lis, izr vis no tumsas, tas ir nopietni T k p c oti ilgiem laikiem biju nol musi, ka vajadz tu p rmai as p c izlas t ar kaut ko dzimtaj valod , un pie reizes biju sagad jusies bibliot k un nebija nekas no I oludes kas bija mana pirm izv le , tad mani uzrun ja gr mata J sak [...]

  6. Kasandra

    A lyrcial book.The language in this book is quite lovely You can feel the city move the frigid air the emptiness Yet I felt it slightly overwhelming.The first part of the book titled, the the beginning, was almost the end Abele tries so hard to convey a feeling and instead felt so completely isolated by this chapter It s like one constant metaphor sentence after sentence, until the words mean nothing I stopped mid chapter and about a month later decided to just skipped the last few pages and jum [...]

  7. Calzean

    The author has produced a very different book It is bleak, atmospheric, a feeling of hopelessness.It is also structurally presented in an almost reverse order as Ieva, her husband and lover s story is revealed.

  8. Inara Cedrins

    I reviewed the translation of Inga Abele s High Tide as an expert reader for ALTA and found it to be full of egregious mistakes and style problems Words are mistranslated or interpreted with words or phrases that have a similar meaning but are off for the context Paragraph breaks do not follow the original, but are arbitrarily made a sentence or two lopped off at the end and if this is being done, why aren t the voluminous blocks of copy broken up to be readable Dialogue is not set off by quote [...]

  9. Missy J

    According to , Latvia ranks second, after Switzerland, based on the environmental performance of the country s policies.Now to the book Gloomy Bleak Depressing.I read this as part of my book club that traveled to Latvia When I started reading this book last month, I was confused by what was happening and the thoughts of the narrator were so depressing that I put it down and read A Prayer for Owen Meany instead 4 weeks later, I finished A Prayer for Owen Meany, and return to the High Tide again T [...]

  10. Kaija

    I m clearly entirely biased about this book, but it is one of the books I fall and in love with the I read it Definitely not a simple narrative style, it requires the reader s dedication to see what comes next in the story and what comes next just builds and builds on the payoff you receive for moving forward with the text.HIGH TIDE has always been a difficult book for me to describe because that is the nature of the book itself which is one of my favorite things about it The story moves or [...]

  11. Amanda

    My first giveaway book Originally written in Latvian, High Tide follows Ieva in a reversed time line, or is time actually moving backwards The story begins with a dream, but maybe it wasn t really a dream Overall, it was definitely an interesting story and not a narrative structure I m used to The writing was excellent, but in places maybe a little too dense poetic to properly grasp, especially the first section But everything after page 24 was much easier to get through, even though not necessa [...]

  12. katie

    Wow Just loved reading this book It s written in reverse chronology, which was confusing at first, but I quickly got used to it and then I was totally drawn in to the story Her writing style is wonderful, she writes in an almost spare, realist style, but it has a simple beauty and poetry even though she is writing about many serious and even depressing circumstances Incredible translation from Latvian, it never felt forced or awkward at all I loved how she told the story in reverse I was often t [...]

  13. Jaimie Lau

    As a reader, you want to know what has happened between Andrejs, Ieva and Aksels and this drives you through the book The reverse chronological order structure gives you the motivation but unfortunately, by the end of it, not much surprising happens When it is all said and done, the character of Ieva comes across awfully, with the opinions shown through the POV chapters of Andrejs and Monta being accurate than those put across from the author throughout the rest of book She comes across as an u [...]

  14. Daniel

    High Tide was not an easy read at first Abele writes the story in reverse, and the initial chapters left me wanting some kind of purchase, be it a character or an idea Then I got to the lengthy part devoted to Andrejs story, which drew me in with its deep sadness and anger As I read on, I fell further into Abele s story, until I read it as a thriller with full attention and all possible speed towards the conclusion I feel like Abele cast a spell and captured me with mystical guile in the first c [...]

  15. Aaron (Typographical Era)

    Would it be fair of me to simply call Inga Abele s High Tide, and Kaija Straumanis translation of it, fantastic and leave it at that No dearest internets, I supposed you d never let me get off so easily You always want Fine.High Tide is a novel told in mostly reverse chronological order If the first thought that pops into your head is Christopher Nolan s Memento bonus points to you if the first thought you had was Christopher Nolan s Following then you ve sort of got the idea, but Abele s tale [...]

  16. Will

    A future Open Letter release, translated title to be High Tide, a great book, the cycle of life told in reverse chronology Equal parts melancholy and joyful, but all the while beautifully written and wholly poignant And I love this quote It becomes clear to anyone who has been present for the birth or death of another person that life is no laughing matter It can and must be treated as a good, successful joke, but in essence it s not a joke.If you ve been touched by a ray of light, if it s pulle [...]

  17. metaphor

    Existence asks too much of a person, too much of this complicated structure, this ball of nerves with a heart, brain, and eyes how can it forget It s an endless struggle, a whirlwind of activity, tendencies, thoughts, instincts, responsibilities and if not those, then at least the slightest inkling of them now and then How does that first crack in the structure of a person s life form Is it the moment when assumed moral obligation is replaced by reality When the clouds start to paint, the sun gr [...]

  18. Cliff

    Really gorgeous, lyrical prose Structurally in retrograde, which I loved you start with shattered shells of human beings and work backwards to the simpler times and breaking points Given the soupcon of knowledge I have of Latvian history, I could probably argue that this is a nice allegorical parallel of Latvia as it made its way out of the Soviet Union.I m told this is the first Latvian novel to exist in English translation That s both awesome and scary More please

  19. World Literature Today

    High Tide is a challenging novel It is not easy to read the action jumps from present to past, then from past to present And indeed, as the reader reaches the final page, she realizes that she could have begun on page 310 and read backward It might have been easier Janet Mary Livesey, University of OklahomaThis book was reviewed in the March 2014 issue of World Literature Today Visit our site for the full review bit 1fWHlOT

  20. Chad Post

    DISCLAIMER I am the publisher of the book and thus spent approximately two years reading and editing and working on it So take my review with a grain of salt, or the understanding that I am deeply invested in this text and know it quite well Also, I would really appreciate it if you would purchase this book, since it would benefit Open Letter directly.

  21. Marta

    Pirmais beles rom ns, kuru izlasot nej tos t it k es labpr t gi at vu sev salauzt dv seli Nelaim g s pirm s 50 lappuses lab k s staj mirkl pseidointelektu lie v rdu virkn jumi, parafr z jot k du prominentu latvie u literat rzin tnieci.

  22. Donna Wetzel

    It started out slowly but got much better Interesting way to tell the story in reverse chronilogical order.

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