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This is an auction for VOYAGE OF THE NARWHAL by Andrea Barrett.

“Barrett delivers a stunning novel in which a meticulous grasp of historical and natural detail, insight into character and pulse-pounding action are integrated into a dramatic adventure story. In Philadelphia in 1855, naturalist Erasmus Darwin Wells - 40, unmarried and gripped by a despondent realization that his life is a failure - sees a last chance to make his reputation as he prepares to accompany his future brother-in-law, Zechariah Voorhees, on a voyage to the Arctic in search of Sir John Franklin's lost expedition. Erasmus doesn't grasp the scope of Zeke's recklessness and blind ambition until Zeke has committed a series of blunders, subjecting his men to privation, hunger, cold and danger. When the crew finally refuses to accompany Zeke on a foolhardy mission and he goes off alone and does not return, Erasmus is placed in a dilemma: whether to force the men to gamble on Zeke's unlikely survival as the ice closes in for a second winter, or abandon the ship and begin a trek over land and water in hope of rescue. Extremes of both human behavior and nature are described with an accuracy that make one forget that this is not a memoir but a work of the imagination. The denouement, when it arrives, is a triumph: a confluence of justice, retribution, spiritual faith, metamorphosis and love.”
- Publishers Weekly (US)

Very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Paperback 1999.

399 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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