The Voyage of the Narwhal: A Novel

by Andrea Barrett | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0393319504 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingReallyBookishwing of Furlong, Pennsylvania USA on 3/3/2021
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Journal Entry 1 by wingReallyBookishwing from Furlong, Pennsylvania USA on Wednesday, March 03, 2021
I picked this up because I previously read and enjoyed Barrett’s collection, Ship Fever, which won the National Book Award in 1996. This subsequent novel is a well-researched, meaty work of historical fiction about arctic exploration in the middle of the nineteenth century. It is well-written and includes lots of interesting historical and scientific details. I wouldn’t have minded a tad more characterization, especially among the minor characters, some of whom never really quite came to life for me. Still, this is solid literary fiction that I would especially recommend to those with an interest in exploration, science, natural history, or related topics. As an interesting personal connection, Philadelphia figured prominently in the book and because I have lived in suburban Philadelphia all my life, I enjoyed that aspect. I would definitely like to continue to read more of Barrett’s writing.

Journal Entry 2 by wingReallyBookishwing at Court Street LFL in Doylestown, Pennsylvania USA on Friday, March 05, 2021

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