Ingo I wish I was away in Ingo Far across the sea Sailing over the deepest waters Where love nor care can trouble meSapphire s father mysteriously vanishes into the waves off the Cornwall coast where he

  • Title: Ingo
  • Author: Helen Dunmore
  • ISBN: 9780007204885
  • Page: 232
  • Format: Paperback
  • I wish I was away in Ingo, Far across the sea, Sailing over the deepest waters, Where love nor care can trouble meSapphire s father mysteriously vanishes into the waves off the Cornwall coast where her family has always lived She misses him terribly, and she longs to hear his spellbinding tales about the Mer, who live in the underwater kingdom of Ingo Perhaps that is I wish I was away in Ingo, Far across the sea, Sailing over the deepest waters, Where love nor care can trouble meSapphire s father mysteriously vanishes into the waves off the Cornwall coast where her family has always lived She misses him terribly, and she longs to hear his spellbinding tales about the Mer, who live in the underwater kingdom of Ingo Perhaps that is why she imagines herself being pulled like a magnet toward the sea But when her brother, Conor, starts disappearing for hours on end, Sapphy starts to believe she might not be the only one who hears the call of the ocean.

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    1. Helen Dunmore

      I was born in December 1952, in Yorkshire, the second of four children My father was the eldest of twelve, and this extended family has no doubt had a strong influence on my life, as have my own children In a large family you hear a great many stories You also come to understand very early that stories hold quite different meanings for different listeners, and can be recast from many viewpoints.Poetry was very important to me from childhood I began by listening to and learning by heart all kinds of rhymes and hymns and ballads, and then went on to make up my own poems, using the forms I d heard Writing these down came a little later.I studied English at the University of York, and after graduation taught English as a foreign language in Finland.At around this time I began to write the poems which formed my first poetry collection, The Apple Fall, and to publish these in magazines I also completed two novels fortunately neither survives, and it was than ten years before I wrote another novel.During this time I published several collections of poems, and wrote some of the short stories which were later collected in Love of Fat Men I began to travel a great deal within the UK and around the world, for poetry tours and writing residences This experience of working in many different countries and cultures has been very important to my work I reviewed poetry for Stand and Poetry Review and later for The Observer, and subsequently reviewed fiction for The Observer, The Times and The Guardian My critical work includes introductions to the poems of Emily Bront , the short stories of D H Lawrence and F Scott Fitzgerald, a study of Virginia Woolf s relationships with women and Introductions to the Folio Society s edition of Anna Karenina and to the new Penguin Classics edition of Tolstoy s My Confession During the 1980s and early 1990s I taught poetry and creative writing, tutored residential writing courses for the Arvon Foundation and took part in the Poetry Society s Writer in Schools scheme, as well as giving readings and workshops in schools, hospitals, prisons and every other kind of place where a poem could conceivably be welcome I also taught at the University of Glamorgan, the University of Bristol s Continuing Education Department and for the Open College of the Arts.In the late 1980s I began to publish short stories, and these were the beginning of a breakthrough into fiction What I had learned of prose technique through the short story gave me the impetus to start writing novels My first novel for children was Going to Egypt, published in 1992, and my first novel for adults was Zennor in Darkness, published in 1993, which won the McKitterick Prize This was also my first researched novel, set in the First World War and dealing with the period when D H Lawrence and his wife Frieda lived in Zennor in Cornwall, and came under suspicion as German spies.My third novel, A Spell of Winter, won the inaugural Orange Prize for Fiction in 1996, and since then I have published a number of novels, short story collections and books for children Full details of all these books are available on this website The last of The Ingo Quartet, The Crossing of Ingo, was published in paperback in Spring 2009.My seventh novel, The Siege 2001 was shortlisted both for the Whitbread Novel Award and the Orange Prize for Fiction This was another researched novel, which grew from a lifelong love of Russian history, culture and literature It is is set in Leningrad during the first year of the siege of the city by German forces, which lasted for 880 days from the fall of Mga on 30th August 1941 The Siege has been translated into Russian by Tatyana Averchina, and extracts have been broadcast on radio in St Petersburg House of Orphans was published in 2006, and in 2008 Counting the Stars Its central characters are the Roman poet Catullus, who lived during the last years of the Republic,

    227 thoughts on “Ingo”

    1. Ingo is a delightful story full of beautifully serene imagery and magic It s a children s book, yes, but it captured my attention and I m very glad to have come across it It s about an eleven year old girl and her older brother who lose their father one day when he takes out his boat and disappears The children are the only two people in town with the exception of Granny Carne who believe that he is still alive They discover an underwater world called Ingo, where they meet Faro and Elvira, who a [...]


    2. I ve never read a book that painted a picture as well as Ingo did I read it several years ago, but Cornwall, England has stuck in my mind ever since The story centers on the life of twelve year old Sapphire and her older brother, Conor, and how they find an underwater world in their town s cove The book was part of a four story series, but it was definitely the strongest novel of the bunch I d reccomend it to anyone who knows how to read Sapphire and Conor live in a small beachside house, a hop, [...]


    3. I love mermaids, but I m having some trouble finding a really good mermaid book This one was especially disappointing since a friend and fellow mermaid fan recommended it to me Sadly, it just didn t work, although it s really not a bad book.I ll do the good first The basic plotline itself was interesting, and could have been really engaging The short version Sapphire and Conor s father disappears The book is written in Saph s POV They are convinced that he s still alive, just vanished Eventually [...]


    4. SUMMARYWhen Sapphire s father disappears, most people say he s been drowned, although the vicious of the townspeople say he ran off with another woman But neither Sapphy or her brother Conor believe either story Raised on the coast of Cornwall, they have an intimate connection to the sea and her mysteries Neither of them realizes quite how intimate When Sapphire feels an irresistible call to the ocean, she must choose where her loyalties lie to her Air family and the brother whom she adores, or [...]


    5. First of all just look at this cover Is this not the most beautiful thing you have ever seen Ingo was a brilliant novel, being the first mermaid fictional novel I have actually ever read I know I know It was a really refreshing read after much darker novels that seem to sworm the YA department these days The charecters that Helen Dun has created are totally believable, and are bursting with personality.Written in first person was also a nice touch, as we really got to delve deeper into Sapphires [...]


    6. This book didn t feel like fantasy it felt like your typical girl dealing with loss of a parent story, only with a mermaid or two thrown in I realized that the loss of parent thing is very relevant today, what with divorce rates being what they are, but the formula gets irritatingly predictable Here it is in a nutshell 1 parent dies or leaves 2 remaining parent starts dating someone new 3 child hates the replacement parent 4 over time, child starts to accept both the loss of the first parent th [...]


    7. This revolutionizes the entire idea of mermaids Not fishy, scaked creatures, but sleek, half seal hybrids No, they do not comb thair hair while sitting on the rocks in the sun all day Judging from Faro alone, they are a majestic people.And this has depth than any mermaid story I have ever read The idea that going into Ingo can hurt, that it can call you and suck you up in it forever, that it can make you part of itselfat is so much mature than any other mermaid book I have read The imagery is [...]


    8. Short form review Meh maid story.Long form On the positive side, Dun does an excellent job of conveying some beautiful and poetic visions of undersea life while keeping Sapphire s breathless voice, a girl of about eleven twelve, rather young for her age Sapphire is convincingly imperfect she s impulsive, tells fibs, misses her father and has a flawed but positive relationship with her older brother and with her mother.On the negative side, I found this book very slow, and only rarely gripping Sa [...]


    9. This book the best way to describe it, I think, is that despite predating A Monster Calls, it wants to be AMC a lyrical, mythical, semi allegorical exploration of death and coping mechanisms The problem is that Ingo also wants to be an adventure book about exciting fun times under the ocean, and you really can t have those themes co exist in one novel.It starts out as a story about Sapphire s strained family, culminating in her dad going for a late night jaunt in his boat and never returning Her [...]


    10. Ingo follows the life and secrets revolving around a girl named Sapphire and her love for the sea Her father had gone missing, supposedly taken by the ocean A year after his disappearance, her mother began dating a new man, which dismayed Sapphire and her brother.Her dad was mysteriously named after a local man who was believed to have drowned years ago and was captured by mermaids The townfolks believed this same fate befell her dad Against their mother s orders, she and her brother Connor spen [...]


    11. I discovered this series by pure luck I found the second book on one of the tables in the YA section of chapters It was all colourful and shiny so I picked it up wowI m such a bird I Bought the book that day not realizing it was the second book So I went back and got the first one, which was rather difficult because as it turns out the series is suppose to be in the 9 12 section ANywaysThis book is by a british woman Just another piece of proof that they are the best writers and it is about the [...]


    12. I hated this book As soon as I was finished reading it, I sent it to my library s used book store.The main characters were frustrating right down to Saphire s name, and by the time the merpeople were finally revealed, it was too little too late for my taste I also think this falls victim to series cliches of not exposing enough of the mysteries to keep me satisfied with the intent of saving it for later books It definitely spins its wheels to where not enough happens I skimmed through the last t [...]



    13. The track runs by our cottage You follow it to the end, and then there s a path with bracken and brambles and foxgloves grow up so high that you wouldn t find the way unless you knew it Push them aside, and there s the path When I was little I used to pretend it was magic.


    14. Ingo s a place that has many names, says Granny Carne You can call it Mer, Mare, or Meor Earth and Ingo don t mix, even though we live side by side Earth and Ingo aren t always friends Despite Granny Carne s words, in Helen Dun s fantastic fantasy Earth and Ingo do mix with consequences Ingo is set partially above ground in modern day Cornwall and partially below the surface of the water in Ingo.Ingo features Sapphire Trewhella also known as Saph or Sapphy Sapphy takes after her father, Matthew [...]


    15. REVIEWI love reading mermaid books There are not very many of them, so I cherish the few that I can get my hands and eyes on Ingo is no exception.Ingo is the name of the magical underwater world where the mermaids and mermen live You don t see much of it in the book, but the descriptions that are in there, are amazing I am betting there is detail about this amazing world in the next book.This book is told from Sapphire s point of view She is spunky and loyal to her brother, Conor I was also rea [...]


    16. I wouldn t necessarily recommend this book to my friends, despite the mermaids, and dolphins not to forget who were awesome The story just doesn t really make sense and then there are the many typos which frustrated me a lot haha However, I did add the other books from this series to my to read list Just in case I run out of books to read It is just a nice book to read in one go But nothing .




    17. Sapphire s dad dissapeared there Her brother is gone for hours because of it And now the sea is pulling her too to the world of Ingo.


    18. 3.5 stars I feel like this book started out strong, and then kind of petered out later on I liked Sapphy s voice for the most part although sometimes her thought processes and decisions irritated me probably a reflection of her young age than anything else , and I thought the way that she was losing herself to Ingo was unsettling and kind of creepy Ingo itself was mysterious and a little unnerving, and the main character we meet from Ingo, Faro, was an interesting mix of helper ande However, mi [...]


    19. It was than an OK book It was good though not enough to hook me It felt like T S White style of writing with the young Arthur book Sword in the Stone Young Arthur a.k.a Wart learn magic or wisdom by turning himself to various of animals and talking with them, observing their way of life, with Merlin s help of course In this book, though not turning anyone into animals, the idea is similar Sapphire and Conor learnt how to be Mer people, they learnt how to talk with animals and learnt what their [...]


    20. This book was pretty short, but it took me like 4 months to read it Once in a while, I d pick it up and read a chapter, but I wasn t compelled to keep reading or pick it up again It s too bad, because I love mermaids, but this was just soooo sloooow I did eventually finish it, but I don t think I ll be going on to the rest of the series.


    21. It was so good They are humans and they can speak mer They have powers they have to be careful with sharks and seals her father disappear and they couldn t find the body so they had a pirate funeral.This book had 328 page.


    22. this book is exactly what i needed, i was growing really tired of reading contemporary books and this was the best with different worlds and powers and magic and the ocean mAN



    23. Helen Dun s telling of the tale is enchanting Like her heroine Sapphire, who is drawn to the ocean world by song, I felt as if I was being sung to and it was as hard for me to return to Air when I put the book down as it is for Sapphire to return to land after she s visited the ocean world


    24. Pretty much perfect This is the right way to tell a mermaid tale I have basically nothing to complain about, which, if you have read any of my other reviews, is a rarity.Ingo if full of likable and realistically flawed characters Sapphy is a plucky, smart young girl with a temper Her close relationship with her older brother, Conor, is sweet, as is her devotion to her missing father The strained relationship with her mother is very well done and realistic without being totally hostile they still [...]


    25. I highly recommend this book, for younger children I have written a review which doesn t give away any details about the book that would ruin it Instead I celebrate it for being such a special book to me.Read on for .I remember reading this when I was much younger, about 11 or 12 years old It has been a memorable book that I won t ever forget The fantasy that surrounds being a mermaid, something I and i am sure many other young children have always wished I could, was described impeccably This b [...]


    26. Ingo is a great book that I have just recently finished The story begins with the midsummer festival Sapphy s father is then lost at sea However, Sapphy and her brother Conor feel as if their father is still alive A year passes, and it is summer vacation Sapphy and her brother spend every day at their cove Conor starts to go missing away for large periods of time One day Sapphy goes find him, and is surprised to know that Conor feels as if he s only been gone for a short time When Conor disappea [...]


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