Thursday, March 10, 2016

Book Review: "Mermaid" (Carolyn Turgeon)

Perhaps you've wanted something more than anything else in the world. Maybe it was the chance to be admitted to the university that has been alma mater in your family for generations. Or the chance to take piano lessons. Or a promotion that would guarantee your introduction into the upper echelons of your chosen industry.

Everyone has wanted something. But to what lengths would you go to make that something yours?

This question is the greatest theme explored in Carolyn Turgeon's unexpected novel Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale.

Written in the style of a work of literary fiction, Mermaid is thick with lush description and its pace tempered by a slow-moving sort of ebb and flow (pun not intended) to the plot and story events. If you enjoyed reading the Emily of New Moon series by L. M. Montgomery, it's likely you'll appreciate the care with which Turgeon tells her tale.

And the work is beautifully re-imagined. Those who recall or grew up with the memorable Disney movie The Little Mermaid may find themselves stymied by some of the plot elements, and yet would find, upon further research, that most of those elements are truer to the original fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen than were those Disney used.

It's not exactly G-rated, after all, for the mermaid to have her tongue cut out so she couldn't speak again, and no doubt it was in Disney's best interest to smooth over many of the original fairy tale's rougher and more gruesome edges.

That aside, Turgeon does a masterful job braiding together the old and the new and presenting them all with her own unique spin. She explores themes like love, loss, friendship, betrayal, disappointment, sacrifice, and more throughout.

If you love those old fairy tales, chances are you'll enjoy Mermaid in a similar but different way.

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Author: Carolyn Turgeon
Title: Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale
ISBN: 978-0-307-58997-2
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