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A sea-chase

de Roger McDonald

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Growing up in inland Australia, Judy, a young teacher, has rarely seen the sea. But when she flees a rioting classroom one dismal Friday, a dud and a failure, she gets drunk and wakes up on a boat. Overnight her life changes; she is in love with being on the water and in love with Wes Bannister who lives on the boat. Sailing was not something Judy had ever thought about wanting, but now she craved it. Wind was the best teacher she'd had, by far... From then on, Judy believes that the one trusted continuation of herself is with Wes, and always will be, but then events at sea challenge their closeness. Must they become competitors against each other in the push to be equals? It seems they must. A Sea-Chase is a novel that vividly tracks ambition, self-realisation, and lasting love tied up in a sea story. The idea that nobody who sets off to do something alone, without family, friends, rivals, and a pressing duty to the world, ever does so alone, finds beautiful, dramatic expression in Roger McDonald's tenth, and most surprising novel.… (mais)
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Roger McDonald, one of my favourite authors, has a rare ability to transport the reader to unfamiliar worlds. For me, he did this most notably in When Colts Ran when I found myself in the Outback observing his dissection of contemporary bush masculinity, but I was also transfixed by his depiction of a man sorting out his identity in Shearer’s Cook and by his exploration of loyalty and betrayal in colonial Australia in the Miles Franklin winner The Ballad of Desmond Kale. In A Sea-Chase, his latest novel, the reader discovers the compulsive world of competitive sailing. It’s very good, very good indeed…
A Sea-Chase is also a love story, but not merely a romance because there are other kinds of love involved. The central character Judy Compton thinks herself a bystander in her parents’ marriage: Raymond Compton is an idiosyncratic vegetable-grower on marginal land and her mother Dr Elizabeth Darke is a famous geneticist. Judy questions her mother’s love in particular because her childhood was impacted by Elizabeth’s career, especially when she was palmed off on the Salvos so that her mother could live away from home in the single-women’s quarters at the AGS, do her PhD, go slack on her mothering.
The events of Judy’s childhood, with their handings-over and movings-around, so big in her mind, were episodes in the building of two other lives, just a few brief months long… (p. 52)

McDonald explores the love of long-standing friends too, and a fond spot in the heart for a first love, and how these are sometimes the source of suspicion in new relationships. And then there is the passion for doing something you love, and separate to that, for some issue that you care about, and how that impacts on relationships.
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Growing up in inland Australia, Judy, a young teacher, has rarely seen the sea. But when she flees a rioting classroom one dismal Friday, a dud and a failure, she gets drunk and wakes up on a boat. Overnight her life changes; she is in love with being on the water and in love with Wes Bannister who lives on the boat. Sailing was not something Judy had ever thought about wanting, but now she craved it. Wind was the best teacher she'd had, by far... From then on, Judy believes that the one trusted continuation of herself is with Wes, and always will be, but then events at sea challenge their closeness. Must they become competitors against each other in the push to be equals? It seems they must. A Sea-Chase is a novel that vividly tracks ambition, self-realisation, and lasting love tied up in a sea story. The idea that nobody who sets off to do something alone, without family, friends, rivals, and a pressing duty to the world, ever does so alone, finds beautiful, dramatic expression in Roger McDonald's tenth, and most surprising novel.

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