The Voyage of the Narwhal

The Voyage of the Narwhal

A Novel

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WW Norton

"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.

Baker & Taylor
While naturalist Erasmus Darwin Wells explores the arctic aboard the Narwhal, the wives of the captain and crew are left behind in Philadelphia to imagine their husbands' and lovers' fates. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton
Copyright Date: ©1998
ISBN: 9780393347210
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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SPPL_János Mar 08, 2018

A brother and sister eclipsed by the fame of others struggle to survive a misguided 1855 expedition to the Arctic, he in the icebound wilds and she in stern Philadelphia society. Barrett vividly conveys the details of 19th century life and the harshness of nature and the human heart.

ontherideau Jan 02, 2018

"Barrett tells a gripping story shaped by masterful interpretations of the paradigms of science and the volatile nature of the mind, a wilderness every bit as challenging as the forbidding Arctic."
The above quote sums up my view of this book. I read it many years ago but remember it still.

multcolib_dianaa Mar 04, 2014

I couldn't put down this novel about the men on a voyage to the Arctic who got stranded in the ice and some of the women left behind in Philadelphia, waiting for them. The Arctic journey is narrated by the ship's naturalist, and Andrea Barrett excels at writing about the natural world.


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