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Aquarium

This is a lyrical and moving new novel from the author of Legend of a Suicide. Aged nine, Caitlin spends almost every afternoon at the local aquarium while her mother works overtime at her construction job. Caitlin's whole world is her school, her mother, occasionally her mother's boyfriends, and the fish at the aquarium. She has no friends at school, apart from Shalini, who is making a paper mache Hindu reindeer with her, and no other family. But Caitlin has made a friend at the aquarium; an old man who seems to know something about Caitlin, something she doesn't even know about herself.

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  1. 6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    If you like happy families, this is not the book for you!, 6 Mar. 2015
    By 
    Stephanie Jane (a caravan somewhere in Europe) –

    This review is from: Aquarium (Hardcover)
    I received a review copy of Aquarium from the publisher, via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. And I’m very pleased to have done so – it’s a strong, powerful novel!

    Aquarium is set in Seattle and tells of a short period of the life of a twelve-year-old girl, Caitlin, who lives with her mother, Sheri, a woman struggling to make ends meet by working long hours in a dead-end job. They have a poor standard of accommodation and Sheri’s work means Caitlin is often left alone for several hours, time she chooses to spend at the local aquarium gaining an encyclopaedic knowledge of rare fish. I liked the inclusion of the line-drawn fish illustrations. Caitlin’s meeting there with an older man is the catalyst for the events that drive the novel, but Vann does not take us to obvious territory.

    This is not an easy novel to read. By that, I mean that the themes it examines are heavy and dark. The writing is superb – spare and frequently brutal and impossible to look away from. Vann has created perfectly believable characters that really got through to me. The destruction of a family by fear then poverty is graphically portrayed and the carry-though to the next generation is frightening to comprehend. My favourite character, I think, is Sheri although I didn’t actually like her or many of her actions. This woman has fought incredibly hard to escape her past and her sheer rage at finding herself flung backwards absolutely crackles off the pages.

    I will definitely be looking out for more David Vann novels in the future and will be adding his existing titles to my Goodreads TBR list.

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  2. 4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Another excellent offering from David Vann., 9 Mar. 2015
    By 
    Cloggie Downunder (Australia) –
    (TOP 500 REVIEWER)
      

    This review is from: Aquarium (Hardcover)
    “Like a leaf giving birth to stars………..Body of small green leaves, veined, very thin, its fins painted in light cast from elsewhere, but from his eye out his long snout, an eruption of galaxies without foreign source, born in the fish itself. An opening in the small fabric of the world, a place to fall into endlessly.”

    Aquarium is the fifth full length novel by American author, David Vann. It is set in 1994 and narrated by twelve-year-old Caitlin Thompson. Caitlin’s world revolves around three important elements: her hardworking single mother, Sheri; her best friend at school, Indian émigré Shalini Anand; and her afternoon visits to the Seattle Aquarium. The year is drawing to a close, class involves making a paper-mache Divali Reindeer and Sheri has finally met a decent man, Steve, when Caitlin encounters an old man at the Aquarium, an old man who seems as fascinated by the fish as she is. And who seems very interested in her life.

    Vann gives the reader a very diverse cast of characters: the effervescent Shalini; the admirably balanced Steve; the damaged and resentful Sheri; the earnestly repentant Bob. Of course, Caitlin, with her optimism, her love and her capacity for compassion, outshines them all. Their interactions are sometimes funny, sometimes decidedly uncomfortable, sometimes shockingly raw, but fans of Vann’s work will know not to expect a novel filled with sweetness and light. His work has been described as confronting. The plot takes a few unexpected turns before arriving at a startling climax.

    While readers may find the lack of quotation marks for speech irritating, this is more than compensated for by the gorgeous descriptive passages, especially, but not only, those about fish. “You’re in trouble, Shalini whispered in my ear, leaning close. All the little hairs stood up on my neck and I had goose bumps. Shalini could make me shiver, as if my entire body were a bell that had just been struck” Another excellent offering from David Vann.
    4.5 stars

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  3. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    So, so good!, 1 Feb. 2016
    By 
    Lola (London) –
    (TOP 1000 REVIEWER)
      

    This review is from: Aquarium (Paperback)
    I cannot believe how GOOD “Aquarium” is and how under the radar – this is a brilliant, gripping, humane novel which I just could not put down! For the first time in a very long time I did not want the book to end!

    David Vann created such likable and precocious 12 years old girl – I had to check if “Aquarium” were written by a woman. The voice of Caitlin is fresh and genuine. The story of her life is simple and yet so complicated.

    “Aquarium” a detective story, a love story, a fish-poetry, a family drama, a coming of age tale, a song. What a wonderful book. I feel so inadequate – I simply cannot describe how much I enjoyed it!

    I am ordering more of David Vann books immediately.

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