Book Reads: The Starless Sea (Erin Morgenstern)

April 07, 2021


Ever since reading The Night Circus novel in 2012, Erin Morgenstern became a household name for me. I was deeply enthralled by her novel (I still remember that magical feeling that I experienced when I claimed the book at National Book Store). This is why when I learned that Erin will be publishing another novel soon, I was always on the lookout on the official publish date. At last, that day came. Erin's latest novel, entitled The Starless Sea, became locally available in the last quarter of 2019. I had to scour across bookstores to get my hands on a copy. Luckily, I was able to reserve one copy at Fully Booked when there were still a limited number of copies available. However because of one thing and another, I wasn't able to dive my nose right into the pages immediately. It was only after more than a year that I was able to finally start reading the book.😅 #betterlatethannever

*some spoilers below*

I have to admit that it was a slow read for me. Although the short stories are a treasure to read (they're so beautiful!), I felt only a little bit intrigued on what the main story was about, especially during the middle part because at that point we are now so deep into the layers of stories. I guess that was really the effect that the author desired its readers to experience. If I could do things differently with my experience with the book, I would read it in huge chunks continuously everyday, instead of sporadically reading one chapter each day, so that the overarching story will be solid in my memory. In that way, I could better appreciate the events that happened in the story, especially during the latter 1/4 of the book. Fortunately, I had that time during the last week of March because I got so sick that I didn't have a choice but to stay in bed... and so might as well read a book. The stories of The Starless Sea accompanied me during those days when I was isolated (because I had high-grade fever for several days and we were being cautious so I isolated myself in my room for a week 😷).

I didn't know what was in store for the characters up to the last pages of the book. When I reached the last sentence of the story, I was sad and frustrated. I wanted to read more. I still have so many questions about that world, the Starless Sea, and about the characters involved. It's a shame that this is a one-book novel. I would want to explore that world more. I would pay to have this novel made into a series on Netflix or something. I need answers! Nevertheless, even though I was not entirely satisfied with the ending, I could live with even just the short stories in the novel. Each story feels like a narrative straight out of my dreams.✨ 

Erin, thank you for giving life to the mysterious world of The Starless Sea. In my own narrative, I will find and open my door into the world, too. I want to meet the majestic characters in the stories, but no owls for me please. 🐝🗡️🗝️

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