From a Pulitzer Prizewinning writer comes an exuberant memoir of personal loss and longing, and finding connection on the remote Azorean islands of the Atlantic Ocean.Reporter Diana Marcum is in crisis. A long-buried personal sadness is enfolding herand her career is stalledwhen she stumbles upon an unusual group of immigrants living in rural California. She follows them on their annual return to the remote Azorean islands in the Atlantic Ocean, where bulls run down village streets, volcanoes are active, and the people celebrate festas to ease their saudade, a longing so deep that the Portuguese word for it cant be fully translated.Years later, California is in a terrible drought, the wildfires seem to never end, and Diana finds herself still dreaming of those islands and the chuvaa rain so soft you dont notice when it begins or ends.With her troublesome Labrador retriever, Murphy, in tow, Diana returns to the islands of her dreams only to discover that there are still things she longs...
|Title||:||The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores|
|Number of Pages||:||238 pages|
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The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores Reviews
In the Top Five of My Favorite Books Ever!
I am a voracious reader and generally choose detective/sleuth, action-packed adventure stories but, agreeing with other reviewers of this book, it was the only one of the July free reads that remotely appealed to me, perhaps because of my love of travel and exploration of new places.
I found this book relaxing and thought-provoking. Ms Markum has an extraordinary way of not only describing the sights and smells of the Azorean Islands, but she is also very ...more
Without much of a plot, it moved too slow to keep me interested.
None of the other Kindle first books for July appealed, so I defaulted to what I thought would be a charming travelogue about the Azores. This book did not turn out be what I had expected. I think I learned more about California than the Azores. I was reminded of how different the USA is to the UK and that we are divided by a common language. The narrative was rather introspective and very autobiographical and I had trouble being into the book because I kept wondering why I should be ...more
Humor, History and Heart
I liked Diana's humor, historical research and her example of being able to connect with all kinds of people. Her writing style is playful and she obviously has a big heart.
This was a very slow memoir. I did enjoy the story, but I wouldn’t call it a page turner. The author is a Pulitzer Prize winner, so yes, she can write. She was a journalist in California. While doing research for an article about the many people who migrated to California from the Azores, she decided she needs to go there to understand it better. After she comes back to CA, she is always thinking about the Azores and when/how can she get back there. She does go back for an extended period of tim ...more
Being the child of immigrants is a strange experience to navigate. I always feel equal parts American and Portuguese, but also not really fully one or the other. To my Portuguese family, I will always be the American cousin, albeit one with a decent grasp of Portuguese and a passable accent. To my American friends, I am always a bit of an other, not fully American, but not really all that foreign either.
I am not really a minority as people think of the term – being of European descent and not l ...more
Sort of a travel book, sort of memoirs, sort of educational about Azorean immigrants and the California drought. I liked it! I feel like I learned a lot, both about California and the Azores and the people who are kind of caught in between.
Marcum met some Azoran dairy farmers in California just doing some random local newspaper article. Somehow she for invited to the Azores for a few weeks and enjoyed it. She ended up going back for an entire summer a few years later. A few years after that, af ...more
Sorry but I did not enjoy this book. I continued reading it because I thought something interesting may happen to Diana on her Azores adventure but it didn't. I found the book rather rambling and difficult to keep up with the different people mentioned. Having said all of that and as a result of reading this book I am planning to visit the Azores next year for a holiday so it cant have been all bad.