Magazine article World Literature Today

High Tide

Magazine article World Literature Today

High Tide

Article excerpt

Fiction Inga Abele. High Tide. Kaija Straumanis, tr. Rochester, New York. Open Letter. 2013. isbn 978- 1934824801

High Tide is a challenging novel. It is not easy to read-the action jumps from present to past, then from past to present. And indeed, as the reader reaches the final page, she realizes that she could have begun on page 310 and read backward. It might have been easier. Reminiscent of the way that some Latin American novelists wrote during the decades of the Boom (1960s-1970s), Inga Abele takes the reader on something of a magical mystery tour. The time periods and the spaces wherein the action unfolds are not always clear to the reader, and at moments I felt elements of frustration that manifested themselves as quizzical head-shaking. Yet by the end of the novel it is clear that High Tide deals with the life of the main character, Ieva, from her realization of what life is all about to her birth, including everything in between-albeit backto- front in time and space.

Ieva, her husband, Andrejs, and her lover, Aksels, form a core trio of characters. On the periphery, the reader also meets Ieva's mother; her daughter, Monta; and, to a lesser degree, Ieva's brother, Pavils; his wife, Vita; and their daughter, Laura, all of whom play a part, however small, in the development of Ieva's psyche as well as the direction she takes in her life. Married young to Andrejs, Ieva meets her soul mate, Aksels, after the birth of Monta. The relationship is doomed to fail as it is clear that Ieva and Aksels are co-dependent and unable to establish a satisfying environment for themselves or Monta. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.