The North Water

The North Water

Large Print - 2016
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A nineteenth-century whaling ship sets sail for the Arctic with a killer aboard in this dark, sharp, and highly original tale that grips like a thriller.
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine :, Center Point Large Print,, 2016.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781683240648
Characteristics: 367 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.


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Mar 02, 2018

NYT book review summed it up best: picture a meeting between Joseph Conrad and Cormac McCarthy in some run-down port as they offer each other a long, sour nod of recognition.

susankent Jan 29, 2018

The many great qualities of this novel give it wide appeal; from the suspense-filled plot to the fascinating character of Sumner, it has all the makings of a classic!

Jan 13, 2018

The North Water by Ian McGuire with it’s vivid descriptions, foul smells and dangerous situations is one of the most visceral novels I have read. The story includes episodes of rape, animal cruelty and murder, all revealed with an excess of gore and violence and elevated by the author’s excellent writing and character development. I loved this unflinching tale of men at their basest level.

This book takes an unsparing look at men as they battle both the elements and each other and if you can handle a dark tale full of carnage and bloodshed then I would recommend The North Water as an excellent read.

Jun 20, 2017

This novel contains foul language, horrific gore, rape, murder, animal cruelty, and other examples of total moral bankruptcy and I absolutely loved it.I loved it for the author’s laser-focused descriptive writing and realistic character development. I loved it for its highly suspenseful story and well-researched and seamlessly-blended historical detail. I loved it for its outward exploration of the Arctic world and for its more inward moral and psychological explorations.

Jun 12, 2017

A pithy, historical adventure with dark themes. Evocative, brutal descriptions of war, ice flows and whaling. It's sure to be snapped up by Hollywood and will star Di Caprio in this Titanic meets The Revenant.

Apr 02, 2017

beautiful writing....and in a subject I don't even cared. made me a believer in the narrative. a lot of similarities with movie The Revenant

Feb 09, 2017

A gruesome novel about a whaling expedition gone wrong in the middle of 19th century......a dark unsettling novel....not for the faint hearted.....

Feb 01, 2017

O.M.G.!! As my old college lit. professor used to say"This is strong meat" What a book...not a cheerful moment; lots of violence, sodomy and murder on the high seas. That being said, its a heck of a read. You have to come up for air once in a while, but you can get thru it if you love good writing. Give it a try; not for everyone.

Jan 14, 2017

This is a book about darkness and evil. None of the characters, except the Inuit and perhaps the surgeon, have any relationship with nature, which is portrayed as indifferent and unrelenting. One could question why the author would write a book about evil in this way, but it has a strong narrative push and is quite readable.

Nov 22, 2016

This is a gripping story and very well written. I must say though that I was taken aback by the offensive language and violence, although it was necessary in order to tell the story realistically. So this is just a warning that if you have a low tolerance for crude language and violence, including graphic description of cruelty to animals (and people), this may not be your cup of tea or should I say mug of whiskey. Having said that, I read it all and found it fascinating.

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