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Uma história épica de amor e de coragem com a paisagem bela e agreste da Antártida como pano de fundo.Alice Peel é uma jovem geóloga que tem como filosofia de vida acreditar no que vê. Mas quando a sua última relação termina de forma súbita, pela primeira vez é forçada a avaliar a própria vida, e aceita integrar um grupo de investigação que vai para o fim do mundo: a AntárUma história épica de amor e de coragem com a paisagem bela e agreste da Antártida como pano de fundo.Alice Peel é uma jovem geóloga que tem como filosofia de vida acreditar no que vê. Mas quando a sua última relação termina de forma súbita, pela primeira vez é forçada a avaliar a própria vida, e aceita integrar um grupo de investigação que vai para o fim do mundo: a Antártida. Em vez do mundo familiar a que se habituou, Alice tem diante de si um cenário inóspito, desconhecido e imprevisível.James Rooker é um homem sempre em fuga. Deixando mulheres e amores para trás, chegou ao ponto onde não pode fugir para mais longe. Não há destino que não tenha cumprido a não ser a Antártida, para onde ele irá integrado no mesmo grupo de investigação.Nada havia preparado Alice para a beleza estonteante da Antártida - o isolamento e a solidão anulam o passado de cada um, e a atmosfera vibra de tensão. É na Antártida que irá descobrir algo que mudará a sua vida... se sobreviver....

Title : Sol à Meia-Noite
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ISBN : 9789897101236
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Number of Pages : 585 Pages
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Sol à Meia-Noite Reviews

  • Veronica
    2019-03-29 10:18

    I'd never read or even heard of Rosie Thomas before this. I really enjoyed this escapist read; I got so absorbed in the parts set in Antarctica that at one point I complained that the room was cold even though I was curled up on the sofa next to a blazing fire! Rosie Thomas is so good at conveying a sense of place, and I liked the fact that it was clear that she had been spellbound by Antarctica, Alice's feelings about it a reflection of hers. I also liked her set of characters and the claustrophobic tension on the Antarctic base. All the characters seemed like real individuals, the sort you think about after you've finished the book, wondering what they are doing now. The central idea of Alice living through an extreme experience that transforms her outlook on life appealed to me too. Of course there are parts that are a bit implausible, but I thought she did a good job of making Alice's behaviour and reactions completely believable. In many ways she reminds me of Maggie O'Farrell, who is also so good at conveying strong emotion.I'd have given it four stars if it hadn't been for the last two chapters, which seemed to have been written with a Hollywood film deal in mind. Alice and Rook really deserved something better and more real than this. Nevertheless I enjoyed the rest so much I'd certainly read another book by her. Perfect holiday reading.

  • Jessica Howard
    2019-04-16 10:13

    The airport scenes seemed anachronistic. Apparently this was published in the U.K. in 2004, but people could still walk right up to the departure gate without a ticket??But the romance was nice, if a bit unbelievable, and the Antarctic setting was super awesome.

  • Barbara Elsborg
    2019-04-16 15:28

    I liked this mostly for the descriptions of Antarctica. I really did get a feel for how difficult it must be to exist out there. Interesting dynamics between the characters but I wish, wish, wish there had been more between Rooker and Alice. It all seemed crammed into the last part which was very exciting, but not enough for me. I wanted more passion. Though I do understand that it wasn't possible at that point - not going to give anything away here - but earlier it might have been. Overall, it was a light read while I lay in the sunshine, feeling rather glad I wasn't at the somewhat chillier south pole.

  • Nina Draganova
    2019-04-13 11:10

    Бях много приятно изненадана разлиствайки книгата, да открия специално посвещение на членовете на 11-та българска антарктическа експедиция и техния водач професор Христо Пимпирев. И много горда , разбира се.Книгата има и много силни, и не толкова страни.Беше ми любопитно да прочета за живота на хората, дръзнали да останат за дълго на този континент, още повече че това е разказ от първо лице.Авторката е много добър разказвач с богато въображение и език.Накара ме да съпреживея драматичните обрати и да се пренеса в един напълно непознат за мен свят.Възхищавам се искрено на такива смели хора.

  • LindyLouMac
    2019-04-20 07:34

    Rosie Thomas is not only an author but a keen traveller and mountaineer which has provided her with excellent and well researched material for her novels. To research the Antarctic background for Sun at Midnight Rosie spent a month living with the scientists on a Bulgarian research station on Livingstone Island, off the Antarctic Peninsula.I am a long time fan of her writing although I still have to catch up with her most recent novels. With Sun at Midnight I was immediately engrossed in this adventure and love story that is set in Antarctica and gave me a rare glimpse of an amazing world. The author's personal research pays off as it shows in her writing as I really felt transported to the location from page one. In fact to quote from her website ' she believes that her travelling and writing are interdependent, and that one informs and enables the other.'Having raved over the atmospheric setting of the novel I had better give you a brief outline of the story without spoilers of course. The theme is a familiar one for Rosie Thomas that of love and loss but it works as it is the stronger background settings that for me personally make her novels so readable. The female protagonist is Alice Peel a geologist and daughter of a famous scientist who had worked in Antartica. It is due to her mothers failing health that Alice is herself given the opportunity to take part in a research programme herself. In sharp contrast to her normal life in Oxford she finds herself on-board a ship in a desolate landscape about to enter the realm of the unknown and unpredictable. Nothing has prepared Alice for the stark beauty of this place or for the realities of living in close confinement with a small group of people, just one other woman besides herself. It is with James Rooker, a man on the run his entire life and another member of the expedition, that she finds she has a spark with, like she has never felt with anyone before. The characters are all realistic with well portrayed personalities. As the claustrophobic tension builds amongst the people living and working together in this isolated research station, it is the present moment and survival that matters most. Their behaviour and reactions to the environment and situations they find themselves in may be a little implausible, it is their personal reactions that are more believable. Alice discovers something about herself in Antarctica that may change her life for ever if she survives the experience. Whilst saying that the human reactions were more believable, it does not mean you will necessarily agree with them, but I think you will understand them.I recommend Rosie Thomas to women that are looking for more than romance in their reading. She is a writer whose style of writing is now appealing to a new generation of young women as well as those of us that have been reading her novels since the early eighties.http://lindyloumacbookreviews.blogspo...

  • Karen
    2019-04-21 07:10

    Loved this book ... gave good insight into Antarctica ... with a love story for added interest

  • Gmr
    2019-04-05 11:31

    Done! It was beautiful and poetic in its descriptions, while conveying a story that truly came from the heart. Our leading lady was nothing to shirk at to begin with but by book's end, she had come not only full circle the globe (well, in a manner of speaking), but also into her own sense of self. It reminds us that life is fleeting but love can last forever and is expressed in so many ways. While not a quick read, it is certainly a book for whiling away many an afternoon due to the length and lengthy meanderings, making it a wonderful addition to your summer reading conquests.

  • penelopewanders
    2019-04-04 13:22

    I didn't know anything about this author, but decided to sign up for this ray. What a delight. I loved reading about the Antarctic -and while reading it we had a presentation at our school about our earth which included quite a large section on the Antarctic... (red VW phenomenon)... I would have loved to have heard more about what happens to the characters afterwards, so I was left rather hungry for more. Only the very ending with the last minute meeting was a bit over the top to my taste... Nonetheless very enjoyable read, I look forward to finding more by this author.

  • Bambola
    2019-04-22 08:26

    Well, clearly I liked this a lot more than many other readers, as it averages just over 3 stars... I loved the incredibly evocative sense of place in this book and for me it was something completely different to read about Antarctica. The overall plot requires a pretty big stretch over one decision the main character makes, but I could live with that and it had to be done otherwise there would have been no story to speak of.

  • Katy Archer
    2019-04-21 10:36

    Not realistic enough. Would not read again!

  • Wall-to-wall books - wendy
    2019-04-15 07:32

    I ended up really enjoying this book even though it took me a bit to get into it. With a diverse, interesting cast of characters - it was fun to see them all thrown together. It was kind of like survivor, Ha! People from all over, from different backgrounds having to live together. And then, throw in the frigid cold weather and blizzards not to even mention all their personal issues and baggage.The descriptions were great! I could really picture being there (and I would love to be there!). There were also a few heart stopping moments. "They attempted to work, although it was clear from the onset that there was almost no point. The wind was so strong that it tore the pages of their notebooks and threatened to snatch instruments out of their hands. It was impossible to talk, only to shriek above the gusts, and it was too cold to take off mittens or goggles for even a few seconds at a time." "Then he dropped the compass. In an eye-blink the instrument hit the ground beside his boot, hung for a second in the ruff of soft snow mounded around his tracks, then toppled again and began to slide. It gathered speed, skidding faster, out of sight down the small slope to the glacier. They were so cold that the hardly moved. There was no point in plunging after it. It was gone for good."Well all this makes for an interesting read. My only negative really was that is was long! Almost 500 pages and it was a bit slow in spots, but definitely worth the read!This was a new to me author and I would love to try more.I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from The Overlook Press ~ Thank You!

  • Nancyann
    2019-04-15 09:15

    Sun at Midnight is a one of a kind story. Set mostly at a research station in Antarctica, Sun at Midnight paints a picture of human determination in a most hostile environment, allows us to witness a diverse group of people in their attempts to get along in the name of science, and at the central core is a love story of self discovery. Main character Alice Peel's stable life as an academician at Oxford is shaken to its core and her mother, a famous research scientist, convinces Alice to apply for a geology position on an Antarctic expedition. Author Rosie Thomas herself spent time in Antarctica so does a wonderful job bringing the reader to this desolate yet beautiful destination. Her writing style was spot on, I could feel the chill of the frigid temperatures but also the warmth of camaraderie amongst the workers. This is also a story of secrets which lead to dramatic plot twists and has an anxious yet happy ending. Sun and Midnight is good on so many levels and I'm glad to have read it.

  • Elisabeth Bibbings
    2019-04-14 11:11

    What a lot of research went into this book. Rosie Thomas sets the important part of the story in an Antarctic Research station, which entailed actually spending some time there. The story is a bit improbable, but then most Antarctic experiences must be like that - people from different nationalities and with different backgrounds cooped up together in a place of incredible beauty and great danger.On top of that, she's had to get to grips with geology as well. (Spoiler alert) I won't say much about the plotline as it is a bit mad - Oxford doctor in geology meets wandering wastrel from New Zealand while finding herself pregnant by ex-boyfriend - pregnant in Antarctica, thousands of miles from the nearest midwife? And she decides to stay out her season on the research base?I did wonder if there was a happy-ever-after ending as the couple at the end seemed too dissimilar to me for a long-term future together. But heigh-ho, it's only a story.

  • Iria Cardoso
    2019-04-04 07:22

    Achei interessante o conceito e a força da protagonista, apesar de um bocado forçado a realidade física em que ela se encontra. Porém, gostei muito da relação que ela cria com outra personagem, apesar de alguma forma dar a entender que nada irá sair dali.Gostei do espaço descrito da Antártida, um local que poucos autores vão buscar para as suas histórias, mas que torna a história mais profunda e interessante.Frase escolhida: "Não é uma questão de tempo. Vais entender-me, quando lá chegares e verificares que não existe maneira de te libertares. Irás olhar para a tua vida a cada instante através desse prisma. Através de um pó de diamante. (...) A precipitação do ar cristalino e gelado. Abaixo dos -40º formam-se cristais de gelo por nucleação espontânea, e estes depositam-se normalmente através de pequenas deflagrações. Tempestades de pontinhos reluzentes de gelo, que caem de um céu azul. Um encanto."

  • Linda Cook
    2019-04-09 11:25

    This was a good book. I especially liked the descriptions of Antarctica and the living conditions that the crew had to deal with. Being a Canadian with the temperature outside at -40 C today I felt right at home. I thought it could have used some more romantic buildup between Rooker and Alice. One day they’re colleagues next day -Bam they’re in love. I understand things are more intense in isolated conditions but still a little romance would have been nice. That poor baby!! All that cold no matter how well it was protected in the helicopter.

  • Heather
    2019-04-18 12:32

    This book was hard going. I have really loved the other books by Rosie Thomas but this one didn't grip me.I love anything about the arctic / antarctic and so thought this book would be right up my street.I liked the idea, the descriptions of the setting yet the whole thing did not quite gel.I felt that the 'love affair' was rushed almost as an after thought and that the main secret would not really have remained hidden given the living conditions.It was ok

  • Carolyn Thomas
    2019-04-07 07:07

    I almost didn't make it past the first chapter but I'm glad I persevered because, in spite of initial indications that I had mistakenly picked up a sleazy romance, this turned out to be a decent enough story - well written, thoroughly researched, descriptive and atmospheric enough that claustrophobia was starting to take hold at the idea of being cooped up in a small building for days on end while a blizzard raged outside.

  • Sharyle
    2019-03-26 10:10

    Very enjoyable story with good writing. The main character begins in Oxford, joins a scientific expedition to Antarctica, and returns to Oxford. The story focuses on the human relationships among the scientific team. There are quite a few dramatic moments in Antarctica which build in intensity. I loved the ending.

  • Joan
    2019-04-09 07:36

    Book Club selectionThis book was chosen for my Book Club. I probably would not have picked it up to read. Glad I did although it was a little slow in parts. I might have liked a little more character development.

  • Diane Felci
    2019-04-05 09:31

    Great adventure / love story. Loved the descriptions of the landscape. I think this would be a great movie

  • Donna Goodwin
    2019-04-03 10:29

    This book was amazing! I want to book a trip.

  • Rita
    2019-04-14 07:20

    Nogal romantisch verhaal, ook wel eens leuk, maar qua Antarctica zeker interessant.

  • Lucy George
    2019-03-30 15:22

    Couldn't put the book down. Amazing detail made me feel like I was on the journey with them!

  • Dlsaint
    2019-04-23 10:15

    I liked this more than I thought I would. The setting being Antarctica. But fairly predictable.

  • Tobilevine
    2019-04-03 08:28

    I adored this book! The writing was beautiful, the story interesting and I felt transported to a place I will never visit.

  • Becky Newcomer
    2019-03-29 07:26

    Rosie Thomas is one of my favorite authors. Wonderfully descriptive story about Antarctica and an European station plus it's inhabitants. Loved it!

  • Sue
    2019-04-07 10:26

    This is first book that I've ever read about Antarctica and the setting was absolutely beautiful. The author gives wonderful descriptions of the landscape and the ice and it almost makes the reader feel chilly even when read on a hot day. Not only was the setting beautiful but it was also stark and lonely. There were only 10 people at a small research station - they were strangers to each other, from different countries and were basically going into their months at the station with no information about anyone's past. The loneliness and isolation caused them to become friends very quickly but not true friends. The main character is Alice Peel, a geologist who went to do research because her mother (a world renowned scientist) asked her to go in her place and because she needed to get away from her home due to a painful breakup with her boyfriend. Even as a scientist who often worked alone, she was shocked at the isolation and the unpredictable weather. As Alice learns how to survive in the cold, she also learns how to survive with the other nine people in the station - who can be trusted and who to avoid. When it looks like the weather may trap them for longer, everyone's true colors show and the reader avidly waits for their rescue. It is very apparent that the author did significant research into the setting of this book. To research the Antarctic background for Sun at Midnight Rosie spent a month living with the scientists on a Bulgarian research station on Livingstone Island, off the Antarctic Peninsula.This is a great book to read about love and loss and how living in such a desolate (though beautiful) place can help you learn who you really are and what is really important in your life. There is romance and conflict and secrets and the beautiful setting of Antarctica. Fantastic book!Thanks to the author for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

  • Clare O'Beara
    2019-04-04 10:18

    This enjoyable tale is based on the author's experience of travelling to an Antarctic science research station. Alice is persuaded to go by her mother, who was the first female British Antarctic scientist in her day, and a company head who wants good publicity. As a geologist Alice does a lot of looking at rocks, but the other few team members have individual specialities and peculiarities, from all over Europe. Rooker is a field support worker with a dour manner and not enough recent flying hours to be a pilot again. While I'm not sure what draws Alice to him, something does. Maybe it's just that he is the opposite of her loser artist boyfriend - oh, make that ex-boyfriend, one of the reasons she signs up for six months. We see a great deal of the beauty of the continent and the dangers, the sudden casual deadliness of blizzard or descending fog. The isolation and close quarters make for tensions and friendships. Christmas is a fun time and Alice feels that she is doing her mother's name justice. However, she is hiding a secret, and as the dangers and hardships increase the pace escalates until we are filled with tension and hope. This is indeed a study of the human spirit and of the generational cycle. I commend the tale for the unusual location so well realised and the placing of a capable intelligent woman in such a self-inflicted jeopardy. The only criticism I will make about the writing is that occasionally the author falls into 'It' mode. She'll start a sentence with It, two or three sentences running, and she'll use It again inside the next sentence. 'It was only a small cargo vessel but it looked huge...' It wouldn't be an easy journey would have been much better if...It was one of the reasons why...' All those are in two paragraphs on page 86 and ought to have been picked up by an editor. This occurs several times through the book. With ten previously published books, this author ought to be better at such fine points. For those readers who don't care, forget I said anything, enjoy the read.

  • Gabriela Silva
    2019-04-23 11:36

    This book is not the "normal " standard of romance. Actually I don't know if I could call it a romance. And by saying this I am not disappointed at all with my reading choice. This book talks s lot about geology, remembering me things about sedimentary rocks that I did not hear since I went to university. And teaching new things I did not know about. Most of the story takes place in Antarctica and although you could think of Antarctica as white place with it everywhere and nothing else the book descriptions are amazingly written and you can actually see the beauty of such a place! The dance of the sunlight hitting the icy mountains, the penguins.. Honestly it can make you wanna get there! And I did not thought that such an icy place could have interest for a geology scientist but it actually does. The ice is only our only association to such a distant place. I think Rook's story could have been better explained. And I would prefer if his mother was seen as kind to him rather than drunk and irresponsible. You can't really understand his sorrow when you get the feeling his mother was kind of a bitch. Romance? Well you almost don't have the typical romance you may expect. Rook and Alice barely interact and with exception of the last chapters you never think there's such love between them. But that is actually the beauty of it. Their relationship is silent, made of small gestures and small confidencesAnd when the thing Alice was hiding is discovered.. Well, THAT was actually romantic. However I was disappointed with the end. Although I was filled with joy when they finally reunited I was actually expecting to see more about how they were going to be together. I mean you had so little romance in the book that at least in the end you could have seen a little more of love. However I really enjoyed the book. Great for who wants to read an interesting book and likes geology and biology

  • Bernadette Robinson
    2019-04-19 08:13

    It's been ages since I read a Rosie Thomas book and it was like settling myself down into a comfy chair. This story tells the tale of Alice Peel and James Rooker, whose lives are poles apart. Alice is in a relationship but as things go pear shaped in the relationship, she has the opportunity of following in her Mums footsteps by travelling to Antarctica.James Rooker is a loner with a past and secrets that he would rather they were kept hidden in the past where they belong. He is running from his past and becomes part of the team working in Antarctica that Alice is set to join.With the backdrop of the harsh environment in which they both find themselves, will attraction between them develop or will their pasts prove to hard to contend with.I really enjoyed this well written story and felt that the characters were well developed. I could really sympathise with them all and most of us at some point in our lives would more than likely be keen to run from our pasts but probably not as far as they ran to though. If you've not read any books by Rosie Thomas, I can thoroughly recommend them. If you like contemporary well written romance, as most of them are romance based in some way then these are the books for you.I gave this a well deserved 9/10