The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores
From a Pulitzer Prize–winning 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 her—and her career is stalled—when she stumbles upon an unusual group of immigrants living in rural California. She follows t...more
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The book is filled with her experiences, but more with her longing for more. More peace, more romance, more beauty, more.. Saudade. The indescribable longing for something that you're not sure of, whether it be happy or sad, that's just out of reach with your fingers, and slipped away from your to ...more
Not surprising she finds happiness in the simple, community-based life style. She writes well, always with the respect of a visitor who is ...more
I was initially concerned that I was reading another version of Eat Pray Love (based on the notes on Amazon) but found that the author was less a lost soul and more of a searching one.
The Azores sound so beautiful and welcoming, and the format of each chapter almost as a short story was very effective. The Murphy stories in particular were very entertaining.
As a collector of words, saudade, loosely and inadequately translated to heartfelt longing, spoke to my soul, as did this entire novel.
A newspaper reporter explores the lives and stories of Portuguese emigrants and immigrants between the Azores islands and Central Valley, California. Told with a mixture of wistful saudade, humor and descriptive personal experiences, Marcum allows you to travel vicariously to these beautiful islands. I've added a new destination to the top of my bucket li ...more
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
I found this to be an excelelnt summer read.
As someone who has driven up and down the Central Valley, faced the drought, fire, and water crises in California, and also traveled across the Atlantic in search of Whatever, I enjoyed reading someone else' ...more
Marcum makes the reader fall in love with the Azores, their people and traditions. In the middle of the book I stopped reading and surfed for flight/hotel packages for the islands. I dreamed over Google images of the different land- and seascapes. I finished the book and now hope I get to experience what Marcum described some day.
I loved traveling the Azores & meeting all the very real people along the way. Having had almost no knowledge of these islands & their Portuguese people, I now almost feel as though I have been there. It was a very heartfelt and enlightening read.