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The Voyage of the Narwhal

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A book by Andrea Barrett

In Andrea Barrett's extraordinary novel of Arctic and personal exploration, maps are deceitful, ice all-powerful, and reputation more important than truth or human lives. When theNarwhalsets sail from Philadelphia in May 1855, its ostensible goal is … see full wiki

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Author: Andrea Barrett
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
1 review about The Voyage of the Narwhal

The human side of Arctic exploration

  • Aug 3, 2008
Early Arctic exploration has been a popular topic the last few years, as we can warmly and safely look back in wonderment at the amazing courage, persistence, and discoveries of these men.

But the histories focus on the adventurous aspects of the journey, not on the organizational and human aspects of small groups of men in close quarters under harsh conditions for long periods of time. This work of fiction goes there where the histories don't and can't in examining how the men thought about each other and interacted with each other.

I have read some of the histories, and this book rings so true to their spirit that I thought it was based on a true story. It works on all levels as history, adventure, and a novel.

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