Gift from the Sea is a beautiful story about the author's summer of solitude on the shore. She uses the different shells she finds to represent the different stages of a woman's life. While living alone in a beach shack, she learns to appreciate living simply, finding joy in the mundane while reflecting on the richness of life.
A classic that never goes out of style.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh's sensitive study of family relationships through the lessons of nature. A timeless classic.
I found a 1955 printing of this book in an old waterfront cabin and was struck by the care with which the previous owner had read it. Eve (the name inscribed inside the front cover and then again above the heading for chapter 3) made pencil marks on nearly every paragraph of the book, underlining a phrase, highlighting many passages with strong vertical marks, scratching out some words that she seems to have found superfluous and even x-ing out whole sections that apparently missed their mark with her altogether. Two rusting paper clips isolate several pages, absent any marking at all. Anne Morrow Lindbergh's lyrical words are still relevant and presage so many of the themes of today's most popular books: simplicity, peaceful solitude, caring for the soul, a woman finding her place in society and life. I heard that the woman who had lived in the cabin had actually passed away some time before. Thank you, Eve, for your gift... from the sea.
modern-day classic. "Gift from the Sea is like a shell itself in its small and perfect form . . . It tells of light and life and love and the security that lies at the heart."--New York Times Book Review.
Author reflects on "the profound need in women for self-realization; the need for each woman . . .to learn and relearn the painful lesson that 'woman must come of age by herself - she must fine her true center alone.'"