"A flask of water, a samurai sword in the cockpit"
"Arcing in swathes like a huge flag waved first one way then the other in a figure of eight, the dark shoals of fishes flashing silver as their bellies swivelled towards the sun."
"and remembered how he and his brothers waiting on the shore built cairns of pearl grey pebbles to see whose withstood longest"
"-yes, grandfather's boat - safe to the shore,"
"till gradually we too learned to be silent, to live as though he has never returned, that this was no longer the father we loved. And sometimes, she said, he must have wondered which had been a better way to die."