Voyage of the Narwhal: A Novel

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W. W. Norton & Company, Sep 17, 1999 - Fiction - 416 pages
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"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.

 

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In 1855, the Narwhal sets sail on a mission to find Sir John Franklin, lost while exploring the Arctic. On board is timid naturalist Erasmus Wells, whose sister is affianced to the ship's commander ... Read full review

Contents

His Lists May 1855
15
Past the Cave Where the Cold Arises uneuly 1855 4 I
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PA R T I I
187
The Goblins Known as Innersuit AugustOctober 1856
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PA R T I I I
249
A Big Stone Slippedfrom His Grasp AprilAugust 185 7 2 89
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Authors Note and Acknowledgments 3 95
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Andrea Barrett is the author of The Air We Breathe, Servants of the Map (finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), The Voyage of the Narwhal, Ship Fever (winner of the National Book Award), and other books. She teaches at Williams College and lives in northwestern Massachusetts.

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