he was my first time reading Costa Award-winning Jess Kidd and about the power of Night trainI will return to her previous novels, including He himself and Things in the Chum.
Night train there are two storylines – the first one, taking place in 1629, is set on a ship Batavia, the greatest ship of the time. A young girl, Mayken, travels from the Netherlands with her nanny to the Dutch East Indies after the death of her mother, to live with the father she has never met.
It is a journey that will last many months, during which the rigid hierarchy and established command structure will be severely tested, by physical hardship but also by gradual hive. of the ship community by rumours, rumors and conjecture.
The ship was divided – physically and socially – but Mayken slid below the top deck, where she belonged, into the layered guts of the hold. Along the way, she meets strange people and has wonderful encounters, while searching for something evil she believes is lurking there.
When the ship runs aground in a storm and begins to sink, the survivors make it as remote as a barren land, rare for an island and facing a shortage of resources, including both fresh water, but also the emergence of brutality and a savage lust for power from among them.
In 1989, a young boy, Gil, is brought to Beacon Island to live in the wilderness after the death of his mother to live with his estranged grandfather, a gruff and isolated fisherman.
Gil is in trouble and lacks communication. He is a subject of local suspicion, both against his grandfather, and for something he has been rumored to do. For the most part, he wanted to escape, return to the mainland. Little by little, he learns something about the history of the island, which is said to be haunted by the ghost of a young girl.
Kidd’s handwriting is beautiful, it seems easy to arrange small details to create a vivid sense of place and geography. The slow progression of both Mayken and Gil as characters is wonderful, with their gradual exploration of depth and resourcefulness as they face the tragedies that come their way; how they both create, from the most unforgiving, a family and community around them, and what happens when that tiny community is threatened.
The intersection of stories is done lightly, each story adding – but without effort – one dimension with another to give it quality.
Historical parts based on the true story of Batavia, a real ship was wrecked, and had to undergo a terrible mutiny. But the in-depth studies were deemed too light for it to debunk this readable and memorable story.
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https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/books/book-reviews/jess-kidd-navigates-twin-stories-with-real-skill-in-the-night-ship-41879276.html Jess Kidd navigates twin stories with real skill in The Night Ship