The Eyes of the Amaryllis

The Eyes of the Amaryllis

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When the brig Amaryllis was swallowed in a hurricane, the captain and all the crew were swallowed too. For thirty years, the captain's widow, Geneva Reade, has waited, certain that her husband will send her a message from the bottom of the sea. But someone else is waiting too, and watching her, a man called Seward. Into this haunted situation comes Jenny, the widow's granddaughter. The three of them are drawn into a kind of deadly game with one another and with the sea, a game that only the sea knows how to win.
Publisher: New York : Square Fish, 2007, ©1977
Edition: 1st Square Fish ed
ISBN: 9780312370084
Branch Call Number: J F BAB
Characteristics: 136 pages ; 20 cm


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Jan 09, 2013

WARNING: THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! Natalie Babbitt is also the author of the beloved Tuck Everlasting. Published in 1977, The Eyes Of The Amaryllis is a surprisingly haunting ghost story. Seward’s fate, and the fate of the lost sailors, is grandly spooky. Turns out the sea is a harsh mistress, even after death – it’s actually a little unsettling how tragic their afterlives are. Chills go up my back when I think of Seward, who committed suicide in the sea over unrequited love, being bound to walk the beaches eternally preventing drowned sailors from sending back mementos and messages to their loved ones on shore. This is a children’s ghost story that will creep the bejeezus out of adults


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