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Die Leuchtturmwärter: Roman af Emma…
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Die Leuchtturmwärter: Roman (udgave 2021)

af Emma Stonex (Autor), Eva Kemper (Übersetzer)

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Titel:Die Leuchtturmwärter: Roman
Forfattere:Emma Stonex (Autor)
Andre forfattere:Eva Kemper (Übersetzer)
Info:S. FISCHER (2021), Ausgabe: 1., 432 Seiten
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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The Lamplighters af Emma Stonex

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This was a very atmospheric narrative loosely based on an early 1900's incident at the Flannan Isles Lighthouse in the Outer Hebrides. The story alternates between the 1970's and the 1990's, with different characters narrating (lighthouse keepers, their wives and families).

While this novel was basically a locked-door mystery, the author didn't develop much of a mystery, writing excessively about the bitterness and rather mean-spirited behaviour of the surviving spouses. This formula didn't work for me, especially since the backstory monologues about the afterlives of the women intruded on what I perceived the main theme, namely whatever happened to the missing keepers. By the end of the novel, I was confused as to what was really going on in the lighthouse or what the author intended to achieve with a slightly paranormal sequence that sent the Keepers into some sort of madness. So just not my style of story telling. ( )
1 stem SandyAMcPherson | Sep 25, 2021 |
The presentation of this interesting novel and its structure of using different points of view and the flipping between two time periods (1972 & 1992) kept the story's plot moving forward. I don't normally read paranormal books; but, for me, that element written in rather sparingly added to the tale's appeal. ( )
  PaperDollLady | Aug 20, 2021 |
Around 1900, three lighthouse keepers at the Flannan Isles Lighthouse in the Outer Hebrides mysteriously vanished without a trace. Relief crews found the door closed, the clock stopped, and the men's weather gear hanging on their hooks. The mystery as to what happened to the men remains unsolved today.
In this recent novel, the story of the disappearance of the three lighthouse keepers has been transported to the 1970's and to a lighthouse off the coast of Cornwall. In chapters alternating between the 1970's and the 1990's, focusing alternately on the three men at the lighthouse and on their families as a new investigation seeks to solve the mystery of what happened to the men.
While I found the solution arrived at to be less than stellar, and while I also didn't particularly care for the family conflicts and stories of their afterlives, I really enjoyed the parts of the novel that focused on the life and duties of the lighthouse keepers. I've always been fascinated by lighthouses (I grew up within sight of the the lighthouse at Colorado Point on Aruba--unfortunately no longer there), and often daydreamed of living that solitary life on a remote island. (Wouldn't want the danger, though). The book is also masterful in its poetic descriptions of the sea, its power and majesty.

3 stars ( )
  arubabookwoman | Aug 19, 2021 |
Emma Stonex's The Lamplighters moves between the wives' stories and the mens' last weeks together in the lighthouse. From one narrative to the next, secrets are uncovered, truths are revealed... and sometimes twisted into lies. Readers really have to keep on their toes. Whose narrative should be believed? What on earth really happened? I really liked the fact that this novel is based on a true story. This actually happened. Things like this are a feast for the imagination, and the author's interpretation is an intriguing one.

Stonex has the perfect setting: Maiden Rock, a tower light set on a rock miles from the coast of Cornwall. "Sailors' legend had it she was built on the jaws of a fossilized sea monster." Being fifteen miles southwest of Land's End, it almost sounds like "Abandon hope, all ye who enter here," doesn't it? One of the things that the author does best is to have her characters tell us the differences between being a keeper on a lighthouse on the coast where he has a snug house nearby to live in, possibly with his wife and children, and being a keeper on a tower light, one of those slender columns rising off a rock out in the open sea. Let me tell you, I'd have to be in full-out hermit mode to even consider being a keeper of a tower light.

Although all sorts of imaginative rumors swirl around the keepers' disappearance, it rapidly becomes apparent that the dynamics between the men are what's at fault. There's nothing supernatural about it at all. All readers have to do is read the varying stories the wives tell and watch the men interact with each other in the lighthouse, but it's far from easy to deduce what really happened.

There's a lot to like about The Lamplighters, and I really wish that I'd enjoyed it more. Problem is, I'm the type of reader who has to have just one character that keeps my attention, even if it's the bad guy. The further I read, the less I cared about any of the characters. It became a mere quest to find out what really happened, why and how those three men seemed to vanish without a trace.

The Lamplighters is a worthwhile read for the setting alone, and as for the characters, your mileage may certainly vary. ( )
  cathyskye | Aug 16, 2021 |
This was factionalized around true events concerning the disappearance of three remote in-sea lighthouse workers off the British coast in the 1970’s.
Good, quick, well written fun read. ( )
  KarenHerndon | Aug 13, 2021 |
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