The Winter Vault

The Winter Vault

Streaming Audiobook - 2009
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In 1964, a newly married Canadian couple settle into a houseboat on the Nile just below Abu Simbel. Avery is one of the engineers responsible for the dismantling and reconstruction of the temple, a "machine-worshipper" who is nonetheless sensitive to their destructive power. Jean is a botanist by vocation, passionately interested in everything that grows. They met on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, witnessing the construction of the Seaway as it swallowed towns, homes, and lives. Now, at the edge of another world about to be inundated, they create their own world, exchanging "the innocent memories we don't know we hold until given the gift of the eagerness of another."But when tragedy strikes, they return to separate lives in Toronto: Avery to school to study architecture; and Jean into the orbit of Lucjan, a Polish emigre artist whose haunting tales of occupied Warsaw pull her further from Avery but offer her the chance to assume her most essential life.Stunning in its explorations of both the physical and emotional worlds of its characters, intensely moving and lyrical, The Winter Vault is a radiant work of fiction.
Publisher: [United States] : Tantor Media, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2009
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781400192458
1400192455
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE AUDIOBOOK
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Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (10hr., 30 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: White, Karen
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Jan 25, 2016

Sometimes books such as this one make me feel like I'm missing depth and emotion as a person, that I live a superficial life because I don't feel as deeply as these characters do, that I don't imagine like they do or fall apart like they do.
I don't understand stories like this, these ones that require understanding of the pain and emotions, that require sympathy and empathy for these people. I did not feel anything for these characters, I read about them but didn't 'get' them, couldn't feel their sadness or loss, didn't see why they should be like this or why they should act or feel like this, none of it resonated with me and I think that this story needs that to be appreciated.

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