Carleigh and I don’t know why EVERY SINGLE BOOK we read in this class induces Floor Time™. Thanks, Dr. Scanlon.
This line sent us: “I don’t know how time moves or which of our sorrows and desires it is able to wash away.” I read this like five times and noted how it uses the word “wash,” associating time with water. Obviously water is a central motif in the book (the drowning, the “nu’o’c” thing…) but it hit me after reading this line that the whole book is about being lost in time and/or water. It starts off with Ba and the girl being afloat in the sea, drifting, and ends with a scene of her running into the sea as a little girl, presumably in an attempt to connect with her brother.
She says that even after twenty years, she expects her brother to come back out of the sea. It doesn’t matter how much time has passed if she doesn’t think about time like that.
Oof. Happy Friday, everybody! I’ll be on the floor 🙂