The North Water

The North Water

A Novel

Book - 2016
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The Volunteer, a nineteenth-century Yorkshire whaling ship, becomes the stage for a confrontation between brutal harpooner Henry Drax and ex-army surgeon Patrick Sumner, the ship's medic, during a violent, ill-fated voyage to the Arctic.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2016
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: (electronic book)
1627795944 (hardcover)
9781627795944 (hardcover)
Branch Call Number: FIC MCGUIRE
Characteristics: 255 pages ; 25 cm


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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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