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After a ferocious early springtime storm, young Norwegian sailor Hans Lyngstrand is shipwrecked in the English Channel near the coastal Kent town of Dengate; he is one of few survivors. Soon after, aspiring journalist Martin Bridges takes a job as the reporter at the local newspaper. A loner by nature, he’s a curiosity to the nosy townspeople, the gregarious editor of the After a ferocious early springtime storm, young Norwegian sailor Hans Lyngstrand is shipwrecked in the English Channel near the coastal Kent town of Dengate; he is one of few survivors. Soon after, aspiring journalist Martin Bridges takes a job as the reporter at the local newspaper. A loner by nature, he’s a curiosity to the nosy townspeople, the gregarious editor of the paper, and his melodramatic landlady, whose own private life is fraught by the unexplained absence of her son and suspicious disappearance of her husband. But when Hans moves into the “Mercy Room” of Martin’s boardinghouse to convalesce and Martin’s editor assigns him the task of interviewing the young sailor, it upends his otherwise uneventful world. Hans tells him of his travels at sea, how he survived the shipwreck—and of his encounter with a ferocious sailor vowing to seek revenge, who Hans believes may still be alive. So begins a complex friendship between the two young men that will cause Martin to reexamine his past and future ambitions and his relationships with everyone around him. In The Stranger from the Sea, the backstories Paul Binding creates for Ibsen’s classic Lady from the Sea characters unfold in tandem with the secret romances, rivalries, and heartaches of a seemingly unremarkable town. The result is a transporting, lyrical, and quietly captivating period piece that will mesmerize readers from its opening pages.


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After a ferocious early springtime storm, young Norwegian sailor Hans Lyngstrand is shipwrecked in the English Channel near the coastal Kent town of Dengate; he is one of few survivors. Soon after, aspiring journalist Martin Bridges takes a job as the reporter at the local newspaper. A loner by nature, he’s a curiosity to the nosy townspeople, the gregarious editor of the After a ferocious early springtime storm, young Norwegian sailor Hans Lyngstrand is shipwrecked in the English Channel near the coastal Kent town of Dengate; he is one of few survivors. Soon after, aspiring journalist Martin Bridges takes a job as the reporter at the local newspaper. A loner by nature, he’s a curiosity to the nosy townspeople, the gregarious editor of the paper, and his melodramatic landlady, whose own private life is fraught by the unexplained absence of her son and suspicious disappearance of her husband. But when Hans moves into the “Mercy Room” of Martin’s boardinghouse to convalesce and Martin’s editor assigns him the task of interviewing the young sailor, it upends his otherwise uneventful world. Hans tells him of his travels at sea, how he survived the shipwreck—and of his encounter with a ferocious sailor vowing to seek revenge, who Hans believes may still be alive. So begins a complex friendship between the two young men that will cause Martin to reexamine his past and future ambitions and his relationships with everyone around him. In The Stranger from the Sea, the backstories Paul Binding creates for Ibsen’s classic Lady from the Sea characters unfold in tandem with the secret romances, rivalries, and heartaches of a seemingly unremarkable town. The result is a transporting, lyrical, and quietly captivating period piece that will mesmerize readers from its opening pages.

57 review for The Stranger from the Sea

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kristian

    I found this book very interesting. I won this book as giveaway from Goodreads. I originally signed up because I enjoy Ibsen plays, although I am unfamiliar with The Lady from the Sea, the one this book is built around. It felt a lot like Ibsen and I found some of the historical information interesting. Martin, the main character, is definitely struggling through life and tries to truly find himself. Like life, I sometimes wondered where the story, particularly Martin was going. But then again, I found this book very interesting. I won this book as giveaway from Goodreads. I originally signed up because I enjoy Ibsen plays, although I am unfamiliar with The Lady from the Sea, the one this book is built around. It felt a lot like Ibsen and I found some of the historical information interesting. Martin, the main character, is definitely struggling through life and tries to truly find himself. Like life, I sometimes wondered where the story, particularly Martin was going. But then again, I don't think he knew. It was a good book and I enjoyed reading it as something different. I particularly liked the chapter where we learn more about the Ibsen play which helped me make more connections with what was going on.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I had a hard time getting into this novel. In general, I like the characters but the story was a little all over the place for me. Maybe if I had read Lady from the Sea by Ibsen first it would've been more interesting to me?

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    I enjoy period pieces so this was interesting reading. The characters are well drawn nd fit my idea of what life was like in the late 1800s. A friend once told me he thought people come in and out ofone's ife and that's what happens here. Interesting book if this is to your taste.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Willa

    This was a pretty slow read. It took a while to get into. About half way through the story became semi-interesting. The characters seemed shallow, only caring about themselves for the most part. There did seem some introspection with the narrator. There was no real surprise ending.

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