Voyage to the North Star

Front Cover
Basic Books, 2000 - Fiction - 342 pages
1 Review
An old-fashioned adventure yarn...[Nichols's] story pulses with action that is given an extra measure of verisimilitude by his deep knowledge of boats and the sea and the watery landscapes of the Far North. - Richard Bernstein, New York Times. As harrowing as a tale by Jack London, its vision as haunting as Joseph Conrad's, this masterful novel of maritime adventure crosses the paths of Carl Schenck, a ruthless industrialist whose wealth is as fabulous as his big-game hunter's appetite for blood is limitless, and Will Boden, a seaman down on his luck. It is Schenck's blind resolve to launch an Arctic safari that affords Boden the opportunity to do what no seasoned seaman would, and flouting his own foreboding, he signs on with the Lodestar, a yacht luxuriously appointed for pleasure but drastically ill-equipped for navigating the Arctic. Together, these two men are bound in an epic misadventure that confronts them with not only the perils of the polar seas but also a horrifying moral disaster. "Its major themes consciously derived from those of Conrad and Melville...[it is] a fiercely eventful novel." - New York Times; "A finely crafted adventure and a crackling good read." - Chicago Tribune; "An impressive first novel.... A literary page-turner that is driven as much by ideas and the writing as plot and characters." - USA Today.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

Voyage to the North Star: a novel

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

This immensely satisfying first novel from memoirist Nichols (Sea Change: Alone Across the Atlantic in a Wooden Boat) begins in 1932 with wacky big-game hunter Carl Schenck gung ho to kill "prodigious ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
5
Section 3
16
Section 4
32
Section 5
38
Section 6
47
Section 7
61
Section 8
77
Section 16
210
Section 17
218
Section 18
226
Section 19
237
Section 20
246
Section 21
252
Section 22
258
Section 23
263

Section 9
88
Section 10
104
Section 11
114
Section 12
125
Section 13
151
Section 14
167
Section 15
186
Section 24
271
Section 25
283
Section 26
305
Section 27
321
Section 28
336
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2000)

Peter Nichols is the author of the national bestseller A Voyage for Madmen and two other books, Sea Change: Alone Across the Atlantic in a Wooden Boat, a memoir, and the novel Voyage to the North Star. He has taught creative writing at New York University in Paris, Georgetown University, and Bowdoin College. He lives in Maine with his wife and son.

Bibliographic information