My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Celestial Sea is a mystical spiritual book set in modern day New Zealand. An English family decide to emigrate and make a fresh start in this Antipodean land. We are lead to believe that their destiny is woven by a mystical craftsman. He creates the beautiful chalk boat seen on the book cover and sets it sailing to join the spirits of two chosen characters.
Our English family consist of The Laird – father and husband, My Lady/ Mouse – mother and narrator, Scowler – 14 year old Cedric, The Go-Getter – 9 year old son and Rinky the Minx – 6 year old daughter.
The Laird is a teacher and takes a job as head of Religious Studies, he’s a keen sportsman, alpha male. The younger children will join an alternative school which offers an education through natural, spiritual traditions and Mouse gets very involved with helping in class, making new friends and crating her own nature based workshops.
The family buy a house up a mountain and Mouses’ free spirit expands and frolic’s with ideas. She finds a kindred spirit in one of the school teacher’s. Adrian is a native Kiwi and a woodsmen and they build a beautiful relationship guided by the mystical craftsman. But one that break boundaries and will be tested.
The story is told through several writing styles including poems, songs and texts between Mouse and Adrian. It is a long slow read which mirrors the pace of life, the freedom and free thinking of the book. However it is also uplifting, lightening the load of everyday as you get lost in the moment up the mountain with the characters. A different style of book and a step away from the fast pace of modern day living.
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