Ingo by Helen Dunmore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is one of my favorite stories.
Athough the pace of the writing is somewhat slow, the tale itself wove together like a net ready to catch the reader and hold the reader transfixed.
Dunmore's elegant and eloquent use of vivid description throughout the tale creates an atmosphere which encourages the reader to forget that ze is breathing air while reading about swimming in the deep.
Told with remarkable emotional acuity and dealing with deep yet pervasive issues like abandonment and split families, Dunmore does an excellent job of rendering lifelike and deeply believable characters, the believability of whom is magnified, rather than reduced, through juxtaposition with the otherwordly undersea folk.
I highly recommend this book to anyone over the age of 8, and particularly to anyone staring wistfully or woefully out to sea.