Lights on the Sea by Miquel Reina – Book Review – In this riveting debut, prize-winning artist and filmmaker Miquel Reina maps out ambitious and fantastical new territory in a novel about a couple holding on for dear life as their world takes an extraordinary fall…
On the highest point of an island, in a house clinging to the edge of a cliff, live Mary Rose and Harold Grapes, a retired couple still mourning the death of their son thirty-five years before. Weighed down by decades of grief and memories, the Grapes have never moved past the tragedy. Then, on the eve of eviction from the most beautiful and dangerously unstable perch in the area, they’re uprooted by a violent storm. The disbelieving Grapes and their home take a free-fall slide into the white-capped sea and float away.
As the past that once moored them recedes and disappears, Mary Rose and Harold are delivered from decades of sorrow by the ebb and flow of the waves. Ahead of them, a light shimmers on the horizon, guiding them toward a revelatory and cathartic new engagement with life, and all its wonder.
Wildly imaginative, deeply poignant, and entirely unexpected, Lights on the Sea sweeps readers away on a journey of fate, acceptance, redemption, and survival against the most rewarding of odds.
I think Lights on the Sea written by Miquel Reina is not an ordinary fiction. This is a story that really needs attention and feelings at the same time.
All stories begin with the story of Mary Rose and Harold Grapes who live in a house, which is in the highest area of Brent Island. Maybe it’s just an impingement. But for me to describe these two characters requires a painful period after losing and grieving for 35 years, it might be real. They have lost their son, Dylan.
This is a very good time to go from this isolated place, and the government has also set the rules. They must go from the cliff or be exposed to danger from erosion. With a heavy heart, they might have to go to a nursing home.
But at the same time, that night their house was hit by a big storm. It was this great power that finally made the house collapse from its place. For me, it is the right time to tear down all the grief. Once again, I was caught up by Miquel Reina’s beautiful and tense narration.
Of course, the story won’t be exciting if they both sink. Therefore, the foundation of their house touches sea water. They both float to the surface. I don’t know why the volcanic stone finally resembles a hot air balloon. At least that’s what the two of them thought.
This adventure will begin. They must survive without food, water, electricity, and all other needs. Harold and Mary Rose were created by the God as clever humans. Very slow and full of memories, they tried to sail back to their homes. When that happens, they try to release sadness, pain, property and an island that has been preserved.
When they both find mysterious light, they realize. Old age turns out to be still supportive for living well. Trying to arrange what has been missed. This story is full of lessons.
Actually, because this was translated from Spanish, and I did find many beautiful lyrics. I have read a satisfying drama, there is suffering but also many meanings in the story in the end. I know maybe this isn’t an easy story to make, but Miquel Reina has done it well.
A unique story that is well written and beautiful.