To the White Sea

To the White Sea

by James Dickey

Paperback(Reissue)

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ISBN-13: 9780385313094
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/1994
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.61(d)

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Pat Conroy

A tour de force and a triumph of the first order.
—(Pat Conroy, author of Beach Music)

Wallace Stegner

Dickey is no ruminator or meditator. Perception with him is not a static matter. It is characteristically, whatever his subject, a clash, a confrontation, something that might happen in a cyclotron.

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To the White Sea 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
mramos on LibraryThing 27 days ago
The basic story is that of a WWII bomber crewman shot down over Tokyo immediately prior to the great firebomb raids at the end of the war. He is alone in enemy territory. We follow our tail-gunner as he plans to escape Tokyo during the confusion of the upcoming firebomb raid the following night. We watch him as he struggles to stay alive with his only goal to keep moving north. To the ice regions like his home in Alaska, where he feels he will be safe. We are given many glimpses into the thoughts of our crewman as he tries to survive. The ending of the book we have our main charcter sort of at home with his surroundings and he seems to accept his fate at the end. I did find this a bit of a slow read. And therefore rated it 3 instead of 4 stars.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A lone soldier battling the elements, the landscape and the enemy. Seemingly a peaceful man who is suddenly capable of killing. A unique tale of survival.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all time favorites. I think that it's Dickey's best and an American Classic; a book to savor and thrill. His character is complex and flawed while his descriptions of the landscape are poetic. This book is a work of art and adventure. I have bought this one for many friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could not put the book down. Do not read this if you have not read the novel. The hero might be a nutjob, I mean he was raised in Alaska but he is an average stupid person. Then he is a gunner on an airplane trying to kill the enemy, but esp. getting ready to firebomb Tokyo. Pretty good so far. Then he gets blown out of the sky and lands in Tokyo. Now he has to mask himself and get away to the north. To the cold that he knows so well. He has to kill people to make his getaway and get food. I think it is a guys kind of book, and it is outdoorsy. Sort of preposteropus but belovable. If you get my drift.