The Voyage of the Narwhal

The Voyage of the Narwhal

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by Andrea Barrett
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393319504

ISBN-13: 9780393319507

Pub. Date: 09/28/1999

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

"A luminous work of historical fiction that explores the far reaches of the Arctic and of men's souls."—Denver Post
Capturing a crucial moment in the history of exploration—the mid-nineteenth century romance with the Arctic—Andrea Barrett's compelling novel tells the story of a fateful expedition. Through the eyes of the ship's

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"A luminous work of historical fiction that explores the far reaches of the Arctic and of men's souls."—Denver Post
Capturing a crucial moment in the history of exploration—the mid-nineteenth century romance with the Arctic—Andrea Barrett's compelling novel tells the story of a fateful expedition. Through the eyes of the ship's scholar-naturalist, Erasmus Darwin Wells, we encounter the 'Narwhal''s crew, its commander, and the far-north culture of the Esquimaux. In counterpoint, we meet the women left behind in Philadelphia, explorers only in imagination. Together, those who travel and those who stay weave a web of myth and mystery, finally discovering what they had not sought, the secrets of their own hearts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393319507
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/1999
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

PART I
PART II
PART III
Author's Note and Acknowledgments395
Note on the Illustrations399

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The Voyage of the Narwhal 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A marvelous, intelligent, sensitive story, told by a great story teller and writer. Superior quality in writing style and research--and character analysis. A book to measure other books against. After reading it, I immediately ordered two of her books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Going into this book I was very skeptical. I have never gotten into a 'scientific' book before. But this is a great read, and will easily capture your interest. The way she combines the adventure, romance, and science is amazing. To travel along with the characters through all their pain and suffering, both on and off the ship, and to see where their lives led them afterwards was great. Most adventure type books would end when the voyage ends, but I loved how this book took you farther than that, answered all those questions you usually have at the end of a book...did he do this/that, etc. To say I was impressed by this book would be an understatement!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Waits...
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Nar TO DE WHAL
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has a great idea, great historical detail, and interesting (if a bit predictable) plot developments. However, the character development is sketchy at best. The reader is never given the full story on anyone's motivation or even the full story on events that occur, so it is difficult to sympathize with the characters or understand why they make the choices that they do. For example, the lead character (Erasmus) is devastated by the death of another character, but you never get a good look into how their relationship developed, so Erasmus's grief -- though it is described in detail -- doesn't resonate with the reader. Overall, it's a pretty good book but it could have been a lot better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Narwhals, narwhals swiming in the ocean, causing a commosion , cuz they are so awesome, Narwals, nawhals , swimming is they ocean, pretty big and pretty white, beat a polar bear in a fight, like an underwater unicorn, they have a kick ass facial horn, they are the jedi of the sea, something somthing ye, Narwhals, they are narwhals, Narwhals, dont let them touch your balls, Narwhals, they are narwhals, Narwhals, inventors of the shish kabob!!!