The Seal Wife: 01/19/05
I'm currently finishing up reading The Seal Wife by Kathryn
Harrison and it is captivating me in the same way that Einstein's
Dreams did last year. It's a rather minimalist book with short chapters and minimal dialogue. It uses vignettes to pull
the story along. As the book is mostly from inside Bigelow's mind, a self defined loner who is in Anchorage to forecast and
study the weather, the book's minimalism beautifully captures the experience of being alone among others, an observer given
time to absorb the surroundings and think about things. A yet the short chapters keep these introspections from getting carried
away into lengthy passages of stream of consciousness.