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Casting Off
Casting Off
Author: Nicole R. Dickson
Casting Off: — 1. Ending a knitted work. — 2. Releasing lines holding a boat to its mooring. — 3. Letting go... — On a tiny island off the west coast of Ireland, the fishermen?s handmade sweaters tell a story. Each is unique?feelings stitched into rows, memories into patterns. — It is here that Rebecca Moray comes to research a book on Irish k...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780451226990
ISBN-10: 0451226992
Publication Date: 7/28/2009
Pages: 352
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 39 ratings
Publisher: NAL Trade
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Audio CD
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reading-voraciously avatar reviewed Casting Off on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
Casting Off is a beautiful and poignant story. It is complicated so may seem confusing, but it all comes together in such a wonderful and clear way. There is mystery, adventure, history, and love.
There are multiple flashbacks and several characters who seem unrelated. One of the best characters is a child! One old man has so much depth to his character you just won't believe it. One father is peripheral but a good story because of the town's feelings about his poor wife and helping her.
Of real interest to me was the many knitting patterns and their meanings. The story centers around the history of the Irish fisherman sweaters. There is a lot more to them than pretty patterns and colors. They are distinctive enough to use in identifying those lost at sea.
loveofjoe11 avatar reviewed Casting Off on + 27 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
This is a nice feel good book. The main character experienced a tragic event and hasn't been able to let go. As part of her career, she travels to the western islands of Ireland where she starts rediscovering herself.

I love Irish culture and have been fortunate enough to visit. Dickson did a great job capturing Irish culture and the importance and significance of the Irish sweaters.

The ending became predictable, but overall, a very good read.
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Readnmachine avatar reviewed Casting Off on + 1303 more book reviews
When a young woman travels to a remote Irish island, she thinks she's there to study the islands particular knitted crafts, but finds herself tangled up in the lives of its residents. This is a somewhat uneven book. There are some very nice images in here, but it bogs down with minutiae as the author takes three paragraphs to describe something that could have been described in ten words.


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