Mrs Cook: The Real and Imagined Life of the Captain's Wife

Mrs Cook: The Real and Imagined Life of the Captain's Wife


Mrs Cook: The Real and Imagined Life of the Captain's Wife ❮PDF / Epub❯ ☉ Mrs Cook: The Real and Imagined Life of the Captain's Wife Author Marele Day – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Fact and fiction are seamlessly woven together in this portrayal of Elizabeth Cook wife of the great navigator James Cook Meticulously researched and deftly written this novel tells the story of a wif Fact and fiction are seamlessly woven together in The Real PDF/EPUB Ä this portrayal of Elizabeth Cook wife of the great navigator James Cook Meticulously researched and deftly written this novel tells the story of a wife left behind for many long years as her husband circumnavigated the globe From her home in London Elizabeth Cook travels with her famous husband in her thoughts imagining the exotic new people and places Captain Cook was discovering Described too is the tragedy in her life that unfolded as she outlived each of her six children This is a rich portrayal of the life of Mrs Cook: Epub / a woman whose passion and intellect matched that of her celebrated husband It is a lyrical exploration of imagined interior worlds shaped by historical fact It is above all a celebration of love and endurance.

  • Paperback
  • 372 pages
  • Mrs Cook: The Real and Imagined Life of the Captain's Wife
  • Marele Day
  • English
  • 19 December 2014
  • 9781741141214

About the Author: Marele Day

Day was born in Sydney and grew up The Real PDF/EPUB Ä in Pagewood an industrial suburb She attended Sydney Girls High School and Sydney Teachers' College and in obtained a degree from Sydney University She has worked as a patent searcher and as a researcher and has also taught in elementary school during the sHer Claudia Valentine series features a feminist Sydney based private investigator but her bre.



10 thoughts on “Mrs Cook: The Real and Imagined Life of the Captain's Wife

  1. Marianne Marianne says:

    Mrs Cook the Real and Imagined Life of the Captain’s Wife is the eighth novel by Australian author Marele Day Day takes existing Cook artefacts letters medallions monuments furniture crockery portraits and and builds a backstory for them using her meticulous research into the life of Mrs Cook A wealth of facts presented in an interesting and easily digestible form We learn about things like the change of calendar in 1752 life in 18th century London docks ale houses war country fairs charting coastlines estimating longitude and preparation for long sea voyages Above all we learn of the deep love the Cooks had for each other and the heartache that Elizabeth Cook endured as her husband was gone for sometimes years without word This novel is uite a departure from Day’s usual style and is reminiscent of Geraldine Brooks’ techniue of taking a few historical facts and embroidering them with a story Two passages stood out or me “Elizabeth had two husbands – the one who spent months at a time with her with whom she had come to Yorkshire; and the imagined husband the one who was by her side when the one in the next room was away The one who was there every breath she took who inhabited her body as much as she did herself The husband made of air and memories and yearning who nestled into the bed beside her at night” From this passage comes the title And “What decision would Elizabeth have made if the Almighty had revealed His plan for her? I will send you a great man and you will love each other profoundly But he will die and so will all of your children Your well of grief will be so immense you’ll think you can’t bear it but you will survive living out the missing years of your loved ones’ lives” An interesting and excellent read

  2. Betty Betty says:

    I gave up on this one life is too short to read boring books This reads like a rather didactic feature article informing the readers of what it was like to be living in the times of Captain James Cook and his wife Elizabeth Lots of information but very little crafting of a novel and uite a disappointment as I enjoyed reading her other novel Lambs of God

  3. Deb Deb says:

    Maybe it's a good sign when you can't really tell what's fiction and what really happened It would be nice if the author shared her resources but she doesn't However from what I know of Captain Cook it's clear she did her research I was hoping for a little emotion and drama a little imagined life and less history At the same time there is a pretty good balance between the happenings of Mrs Cook's life and the captain's What she does share of Mrs Cook's possible personal feelings and thoughts is very readableOther reviewers have said this book is boring It is a little dry at times but it is bearable for someone who is truly interested in the Cook's lives Elizabeth Cook clearly spent much of her life waiting That's sad It seems she lived in the shadows and could have done with her own life It's tragic that all her children died before they had children of their own What loneliness despite the company of servants and friendsI may not have persisted with this book but I purchased it since my local library doesn't own a copy I like other books by this author This one doesn't really represent her voice or style that I really like in her fictional works

  4. Kathy Kathy says:

    Very disappointing bookpedantic descriptions of supposed events in Mrs Cooks life as she waits for Captain Cooks return from voyages The dialogue and character interplay is monotonous and uninterestingGave up a little over half way

  5. Jodie Jodie says:

    This is a really nice book Well written and has a uiet thoughtful pace I always enjoy novels written around an historical event but this is different because it is based on real people Elizabeth Cook is really brought to life and the heartache she endured is felt without the book being depressing Thoroughly enjoyed

  6. Faye Maclennan Faye Maclennan says:

    A great read really gives you some idea of what the Real and Imagined Life would have been

  7. Lynn Lynn says:

    Lovely little book The last lines of the second to the last chapter really spoke to me As painful as life can be in the end I think most of us will reflect and revisit its joys again and again

  8. Marion Aranjo Marion Aranjo says:

    Author's style is very dull

  9. Belinda Belinda says:

    Just not that good

  10. Debi Debi says:

    This was beautiful historically informative but oh so sad

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10 thoughts on “Mrs Cook: The Real and Imagined Life of the Captain's Wife

  1. Marianne Marianne says:

    Mrs Cook the Real and Imagined Life of the Captain’s Wife is the eighth novel by Australian author Marele Day Day takes existing Cook artefacts letters medallions monuments furniture crockery portraits and and builds a backstory for them using her meticulous research into the life of Mrs Cook A wealth of facts presented in an interesting and easily digestible form We learn about things like the change of calendar in 1752 life in 18th century London docks ale houses war country fairs charting coastlines estimating longitude and preparation for long sea voyages Above all we learn of the deep love the Cooks had for each other and the heartache that Elizabeth Cook endured as her husband was gone for sometimes years without word This novel is uite a departure from Day’s usual style and is reminiscent of Geraldine Brooks’ techniue of taking a few historical facts and embroidering them with a story Two passages stood out or me “Elizabeth had two husbands – the one who spent months at a time with her with whom she had come to Yorkshire; and the imagined husband the one who was by her side when the one in the next room was away The one who was there every breath she took who inhabited her body as much as she did herself The husband made of air and memories and yearning who nestled into the bed beside her at night” From this passage comes the title And “What decision would Elizabeth have made if the Almighty had revealed His plan for her? I will send you a great man and you will love each other profoundly But he will die and so will all of your children Your well of grief will be so immense you’ll think you can’t bear it but you will survive living out the missing years of your loved ones’ lives” An interesting and excellent read

  2. Betty Betty says:

    I gave up on this one life is too short to read boring books This reads like a rather didactic feature article informing the readers of what it was like to be living in the times of Captain James Cook and his wife Elizabeth Lots of information but very little crafting of a novel and uite a disappointment as I enjoyed reading her other novel Lambs of God

  3. Deb Deb says:

    Maybe it's a good sign when you can't really tell what's fiction and what really happened It would be nice if the author shared her resources but she doesn't However from what I know of Captain Cook it's clear she did her research I was hoping for a little emotion and drama a little imagined life and less history At the same time there is a pretty good balance between the happenings of Mrs Cook's life and the captain's What she does share of Mrs Cook's possible personal feelings and thoughts is very readableOther reviewers have said this book is boring It is a little dry at times but it is bearable for someone who is truly interested in the Cook's lives Elizabeth Cook clearly spent much of her life waiting That's sad It seems she lived in the shadows and could have done with her own life It's tragic that all her children died before they had children of their own What loneliness despite the company of servants and friendsI may not have persisted with this book but I purchased it since my local library doesn't own a copy I like other books by this author This one doesn't really represent her voice or style that I really like in her fictional works

  4. Kathy Kathy says:

    Very disappointing bookpedantic descriptions of supposed events in Mrs Cooks life as she waits for Captain Cooks return from voyages The dialogue and character interplay is monotonous and uninterestingGave up a little over half way

  5. Jodie Jodie says:

    This is a really nice book Well written and has a uiet thoughtful pace I always enjoy novels written around an historical event but this is different because it is based on real people Elizabeth Cook is really brought to life and the heartache she endured is felt without the book being depressing Thoroughly enjoyed

  6. Faye Maclennan Faye Maclennan says:

    A great read really gives you some idea of what the Real and Imagined Life would have been

  7. Lynn Lynn says:

    Lovely little book The last lines of the second to the last chapter really spoke to me As painful as life can be in the end I think most of us will reflect and revisit its joys again and again

  8. Marion Aranjo Marion Aranjo says:

    Author's style is very dull

  9. Belinda Belinda says:

    Just not that good

  10. Debi Debi says:

    This was beautiful historically informative but oh so sad

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