Rope Eater

Rope Eater

by Ben Jones
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Rope Eater by Ben Jones

When Brendan Kane accepts a stranger’s offer of work--two years on a ship departing the following morning--the nature of the journey isn't divulged. It matters not, though, for Kane is directionless himself, having just witnessed the Civil War's horrors only to return North with nothing but the clothes on his back and as many dead soldiers' letters as he could carry in his pockets.
Aboard the mysterious Narthex, Kane meets a ramshackle crew that includes an eccentric doctor and a three-handed Muslim full of horrifying lore. Kane learns only that they're sailing for the Artic in search of gold or maybe whales. But when it turns out the Narthex's destination is a temperate paradise hidden amidst glaciers–a mythical place–Kane and his cohorts must struggle to survive not only the bleak Artic conditions, but the loosening grip on sanity of an egomaniacal captain and the data-obsessed doctor. With each second that passes, it seems increasingly unlikely any of them will get out alive.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307429261
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/18/2007
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 428 KB

About the Author

Ben Jones majored in English at Yale University and was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He was an editor for the Adventure Library, where he edited classic tales of exploration. Jones lives with his family outside of Boston.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Geez, I wanted to like this. Mr. Jones can string words together beautifully. The first few chapters are poetry. And then the book gets mired down in ice and stops. It lifts off one more time in a bazaar chapter reminiscent of Katherine Dunn's book, Geek Love. There was no character development to speak of, so I couldn't even feel interested in what would happen to them. I do feel I would try to read the next offering by this author because his writing style does show promise.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up The Rope Eater after reading a review of it in the Washington Post and I have to say I thought it was a great book, completely gripping and vivid in its language, imagery and structure. It's a book of stories within stories that offers up a remarkable and frightening study of ambition, opportunity and what we sacrifice to those ends. Some of the stories are beautiful, some thrilling, some grotesque and hypnotic, but all propel the reader forward toward an idea that few books touch on or get these days (in a time where everything is public, everything is confessed) -- it's the idea that revelation and redemption are a private matter, unknowable to anyone outside of the person experiencing them. The same principle stands for this book, it's an amazing, breathtaking journey you have to experience for yourself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very powerful story that is thrilling and has great depth and intensity. When you finally discover what the title (Rope Eater) means, you will have to pick your jaw up from the floor. I have not read a book like this in a long time.