A Marker to Measure Drift

A Marker to Measure Drift

Book - 2013
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Alexander Maksik's electrifying novel tracks a woman's journey from the horrors of Charles Taylor's Liberia to abject poverty and self-exile on a Greek island, where she must grapple with a haunted past and find a way back into human society.

On an island somewhere in the Aegean, Jacqueline, a young Liberian woman, veers between starvation and satiety, between the brutality of her past and the precarious uncertainty of her present in the aftermath of experiences so unspeakable that she prefers homeless numbness to the psychological confrontation she knows is inevitable. Hypnotic, highly sensual, exquisitely written, and extraordinary in its depiction of both pleasure and pain, of excruciating physical and spiritual hungers, A Marker to Measure Drift is a novel about memory, how we live with what we know, and whether and how we go forward, intact and whole, after the ravages of loss. It is beautiful, lacerating, impossible to put down. A breakthrough work from a prodigiously gifted young writer.

Publisher: Toronto : Bond Street Books, c2013
ISBN: 9780385679176
Branch Call Number: MAK
Characteristics: 221 p. ;,25 cm

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Pisinga
Sep 30, 2015

Until the middle of the book I reveled of language of the author. Then - is becoming tedious. The book is, in my opinion, is about how to maintain dignity in the most difficult conditions for surviving. And also - everywhere there are "good souls" who lend a helping hand to someone in need, even if he did not ask for it.

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gr8_reader
Jan 15, 2015

this book was stunningly well-written and beautiful

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marcrrussell
Jul 31, 2014

extremely well-paced, taut story of surviving(?)... of living in the moment... of knowing that looking back is horrendous and often looking forward is useless. I was very moved by this character and her unfolding history. Maksik is a brilliant writer-

mrubinbooks Mar 28, 2014

I just finished reading this book, and it touched and saddened me as no book has in a long time. I will not forget this book, and I will be haunted by it, and thinking about it, for a very long time. It is exquisitely written, and depicts Jacqueline's pain almost too clearly.

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lesleyhannell
Feb 25, 2014

I loved this book. I found it touching and beautiful. A deep depiction of the survival of body and spirit after devastation. I have already recommended it to others. Beautiful description of landscapes, sea and human relationships. I picked it up mostly because the title intrigued me. I was not disappointed.

rowanquincy Nov 29, 2013

Too violent for me. I didn't ever feel a connection to the main character, she just seemed blank throughout the whole book. I won't be looking for more books from this author.

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