Gift from the Sea, Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Gift from the Sea, Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Pantheon, 144 pages

ISBN 9780679732419

Anne Morrow Lindbergh was a writer and aviator.  She was married to Charles Lindbergh, and together, they had six children.  Understandably exhausted from her busy life, Lindbergh travelled to Florida’s Captiva Island to spend some time alone.  She walked on the beach, relaxed in the simple beauty of her surroundings, and reflected on what her life had become.  Gift from the Sea is a stream-of-consciousness account of her musings during that time, and its messages speak as truthfully about womanhood today as they did when the book was first published in 1955.

Lindbergh basks in the tranquility of pared-down living, which she appreciates precisely because the experience is so rare.  Her regular life is busy and noisy, spent satisfying the needs of her family, looking after domestic obligations, and working.  She observes that women give so much in so many different areas of their lives, and the natural result is that their energy drains away and they begin to forget who they are as people.  To replenish their inner reserve, Morrow suggests that women set aside some time every day to engage in creative activity alone.   She stresses the importance of retaining a strong sense of self in marriage and motherhood, and reminds the reader to accept the inevitable fluidity of life.

Gift from the Sea is a feminist classic, characterized by timeless wisdom and excellent writing. 

 

 

 

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9 Responses to Gift from the Sea, Anne Morrow Lindbergh

  1. I had no idea about this book, but it certainly looks like something I would love. Thank you for making me aware of it.

    • Naomi says:

      You’re very welcome. I knew of it vaguely since undergrad, but had never gotten around to reading it. I’m glad I did, and the timing was excellent.

  2. Touch2Touch says:

    I remember LOVING this book when I read it years ago. I’m very happy to know that nowadays, and for a younger generation, it still has meaning. And so beautifully written!
    In some ways women’s lives have changed drastically, but in other ways they are timeless.

    • Naomi says:

      Agreed on all counts. I think we have more choices these days, but the same responsibilities, and it’s still all too easy to get out of touch with yourself. This book provides some good suggestions for remaining grounded in who you are.

  3. A classic book about what a 1950’s woman of the world, while on vacation, comes to learn from the seashells she picks up on the beach, and how she learns to relax.

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  6. Debb Stanton says:

    This is the book I am almost finished with, and I quoted a passage from it. I loved it too. 🙂

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