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The Voyage of the Narwhal

A Novel

Barrett, Andrea

(Book - 1999)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Voyage of the Narwhal
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Capturing a crucial moment in the history of exploration the mid nineteenth-century romance with the Arctic, this book focuses on a particular expedition & its accompanying scholar-naturalist, Erasmus Darwin Wells. Through his eyes, we meet the Narwhal's crew & its commander-obsessed with the search for an open polar sea & encounter the far-north culture of the Esquimaux. In counterpoint, we see the women left behind in Philadelphia, explorers only in imagination. Together, those who travel & those who stay weave a web of myth & mystery. And finally they discover-as all explorers do-not what was always there & never needed discovering, but the state of their own souls.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 1999
ISBN: 0393319504
9780393319507
Branch Call Number: FICTION BARRETT 1999
Characteristics: 399 p. :,ill., map ;,21 cm

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This tale of an expedition to the Arctic (and the women left behind in Philadelphia) has it all, really rich characters, a compelling story, and wonderful writing. Andrea Barrett is especially gifted at writing about the natural world. This is also available in large print.

This is a novel about the men on a voyage to the Arctic who are 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.

Combines fact and fiction to follow Erasmus Darwin Wells, the nineteenth-century naturalist, on his reckless pursuit of an open polar sea, and also tells of the women waiting for the explorers back home in Philadelphia.

Comment by: 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.

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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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.

Dec 19, 2012
  • dbeer rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A fascinating story of travel in the arctic around 1855. Loved the characters and found it hard to put down.

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