The Eyes of the Amaryllis

The Eyes of the Amaryllis

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After thirty years of watching for her drowned sea-captain husband, Geneva Reade is joined in her vigil and in a deadly game by a sad man called Seward and her granddaughter Jenny

McMillan Palgrave

When the brig Amaryllis was swallowed in a hurricane, the captain and all the crew were swallowed, too. For thirty years the captain’s widow, Geneva Reade, has waited, certain that her husband will send her a message from the bottom of the sea. But someone else is waiting, too, and watching her, a man called Seward. Into this haunted situation comes Jenny, the widow’s granddaughter. The three of them, Gran, Jenny, and Seward, are drawn into a kind of deadly game with one another and with the sea, a game that only the sea knows how to win.

The Eyes of the Amaryllis is a 1977 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1977
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374322410
Characteristics: 127 p. ; 21 cm


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Jan 09, 2013

WARNING: THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! Natalie Babbitt is also the author of the beloved Tuck Everlasting. Published in 1977, The Eyes Of The Amaryllis is a surprisingly haunting ghost story. Seward’s fate, and the fate of the lost sailors, is grandly spooky. Turns out the sea is a harsh mistress, even after death – it’s actually a little unsettling how tragic their afterlives are. Chills go up my back when I think of Seward, who committed suicide in the sea over unrequited love, being bound to walk the beaches eternally preventing drowned sailors from sending back mementos and messages to their loved ones on shore. This is a children’s ghost story that will creep the bejeezus out of adults


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