Ship Fever

Ship Fever

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by Andrea Barrett
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393316009

ISBN-13: 9780393316001

Pub. Date: 11/28/1996

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

1996 National Book Award Winner for Fiction.
The elegant short fictions gathered hereabout the love of science and the science of love are often set against the backdrop of the nineteenth century. Interweaving historical and fictional characters, they encompass both past and present as they negotiate the complex territory of ambition, failure, achievement, and

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1996 National Book Award Winner for Fiction.
The elegant short fictions gathered hereabout the love of science and the science of love are often set against the backdrop of the nineteenth century. Interweaving historical and fictional characters, they encompass both past and present as they negotiate the complex territory of ambition, failure, achievement, and shattered dreams. In "Ship Fever," the title novella, a young Canadian doctor finds himself at the center of one of history's most tragic epidemics. In "The English Pupil," Linnaeus, in old age, watches as the world he organized within his head slowly drifts beyond his reach. And in "The Littoral Zone," two marine biologists wonder whether their life-altering affair finally was worth it. In the tradition of Alice Munro and William Trevor, these exquisitely rendered fictions encompass whole lives in a brief space. As they move between interior and exterior journeys, "science is transformed from hard and known fact into malleable, strange and thrilling fictional material" (Boston Globe).

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393316001
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/1996
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
297,744
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
920L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

The Behavior of the Hawkweeds11
The English Pupil34
The Littoral Zone47
Rare Bird59
Soroche80
Birds with No Feet103
The Marburg Sisters123
Ship Fever159
Acknowledgements255

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Ship Fever 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
PierresFamily More than 1 year ago
Ship Fever starts off slowly. But I'm glad I stuck with it. Barrett does a masterful job of melding historical scienctific movements and discoveries, with fictional characters. Her writing fills a unique niche, and i hope she will continue writing for a long time
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brillliant collection of short stories. In particular, the title story - a tragic account of the Irish Famine on a Canadian Island. This collection is for the literate who have a taste for science, history and are motivated to read by very intelligent, well crafted writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't do better than the previous commercial reviews because they're right. Barrett uses science as a prism to examine philosophy, love, marriage, relationships and other affairs of the heart. Characters go from one story to another and into her newest, 'Servants of the Map,' but start with 'Ship Fever' and go on. It's a great read. Think of it as an intellectual's 'beach book' even though it's more than that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book deserved at least one review. The author tells a collection of very different stories all linked by science. The book was very well written and had a good pace. Well worth a read, even if you aren't a fan of short stories.