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Why do you think Bo was more comfortable at sea? What constitutes a true home for you?

Created: 04/16/15

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davinamw

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Why do you think Bo was more comfortable at sea? What constitutes a true home for you?

Why do you think Bo was more comfortable on the sea than on land? What constitutes a true "home" for you?


Posted Apr. 20, 2015 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
laurief

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RE: Why do you think Bo was more comfortable at sea? What constitutes a true home for you?

Yes, I think the Nella Dan was his refuge and a focal point for his life experiences. A true home is where you are comfortable, where you can gather your thoughts, think, reflect, be your true self.


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lindah

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RE: Why do you think Bo was more comfortable at sea? What constitutes a true home for you?

The adage "home is where the heart is" remains true and differs for all. As a former semi-nomad, now residing in a small community, I have met many people who not only have lived their entire lives in the same town so have their families for multiple generations. Many do travel but the refrain "why/how could I live anywhere else" recurs. The Nella Dan is a safe haven for Bo. It is compact, duties are clear and he derives great pleasure from providing creative, good meals for his shipmates. Comradery substitutes admirably for family that is lacking; it is home. A true home could be a yurt, a cabin in the woods, a seaside cottage or urban loft with the right companion and good friends.


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marilynj

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RE: Why do you think Bo was more comfortable at sea? What constitutes a true home for you?

Again I mention my son who is a fisherman in Alaska on his boat Seasun. He is never happier and more content than he is on his boat. No matter the dangers he faces on the water, he feels safer there than on land among people. Bo and the other sailors loved Nella Dan and it was safe for them. Seasun, where my son Chris does what he loves, is a true friend to him, and he treats her accordingly. I feel the same way about my small-town home. It is my refuge and safe haven through storms in my life; it is a reflection of me and my personality in its cleanliness, colors, furniture, pictures, and especially in my library, kitchen, and yard. It is peaceful yet active, bustling, and happy when others are here.


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Becky

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RE: Why do you think Bo was more comfortable at sea? What constitutes a true home for you?

I feel the same way as others who have commented. I love my small house nestled in the woods in a small community. I feel comfortable and safe when I'm in it. Although we go on a few vacations a year, after a few days away, I can't wait to get home. I think the author was trying to convey the same idea for Bo even though his "home" was the shop. He had the same feelings of comfort and safety aboard her.


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Aspast

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RE: Why do you think Bo was more comfortable at sea? What constitutes a true home for you?

The boat is Bo's security. It is the place he feels the most comfort, control, and happiness.


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joang

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RE: Why do you think Bo was more comfortable at sea? What constitutes a true home for you?

While I understand all that the Nella Dan is to everyone...I am finding it difficult to reconcile the fact that Bo has a wife and little girl in Denmark. Is the Nella Dan more of a home than "home"? Is it the choice of "profession" that drives him? Is it the connection to his father that drives him? Is he just more comfortable at sea?
Sorry to answer questions with more questions but I am not sure of the real answer is!


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melaniehope66

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RE: Why do you think Bo was more comfortable at sea? What constitutes a true home for you?

joang, I think that Bo did not have his wife and daughter until after the Nella Dan is destroyed. After that he goes home and years later the readers get to see that he has a family. At least that is how I interpreted it.


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joang

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RE: Why do you think Bo was more comfortable at sea? What constitutes a true home for you?

Ahhh! Thanks for your perspective! That makes more sense to me in the context of the story! I sometimes had a problem with the timeline!


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nancyh

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RE: Why do you think Bo was more comfortable at sea? What constitutes a true home for you?

Home is something different to everyone. I find home is with my husband, children, grandchildren, Bo has never had this, so he makes the Nella Dan and his friends on the ship his home. I am so happy he has found this place in his life.


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rlackley

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RE: Why do you think Bo was more comfortable at sea? What constitutes a true home for you?

Bo was most comfortable when cooking and nourishing others. On the ship this was his primary role. It was as if he could give fully of himself when he could not do that elsewhere. While at sea, there is no intrusion of others and they form their own comfortable bubble of a family.


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deeh

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RE: Why do you think Bo was more comfortable at sea? What constitutes a true home for you?

The sea was home for Bo's father and I think he followed his father's path because of the stories he was told as a child. He is comfortable in the company of his fellow sailors and feels his job is important to the smooth running of the ship.

Home for me is where my grown children and friends can gather and enjoy themselves. I like being surrounded by people I love and the things that give me pleasure.


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beac

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RE: Why do you think Bo was more comfortable at sea? What constitutes a true home for you?

I agree with rlackley. My ideas exactly.


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jeanettel

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RE: Why do you think Bo was more comfortable at sea? What constitutes a true home for you?

Bo joined the Nella Dan ship when he was a teenaged like his father before him. He is the ships cook. The ship was central to the lives of the crew, it was a comfortable and loved home for these men who had to live there for many months at a time.
For me a true home is where I rest my head at night. I close my door and feel at peace with myself and the world. It's where I look forward to being at the end of a day.


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GeriB

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RE: Why do you think Bo was more comfortable at sea? What constitutes a true home for you?

Author did a very good job of describing how Bo felt and the Nella Dan was his home. He felt comfortable with his shipmates and with the sounds of the ship waking him up in the morning and lulling him to sleep at night. Plus, he did not have to deal with outsiders or outside "politics" His shipmates were his family


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