The North Water

A Novel by Ian McGuire

  • Published: Sep 27, 2020

"John Keating is the perfect narrator for this story... It is by itself a compelling tale; Keating's performance gives it another dimension and makes it riveting."-AudioFile Magazine "The North Water... is a great white shark of a book... read more

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Details of The North Water

Exact title of the book
The North Water
Book author
Ian McGuire
ISBN
9781427267924
Publisher
Macmillan Audio
Published
May 17, 2016
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
File size (in PDF)
about 1200 kB

Some brief overview of book

"John Keating is the perfect narrator for this story... It is by itself a compelling tale; Keating's performance gives it another dimension and makes it riveting."-AudioFile Magazine "The North Water... is a great white shark of a book swift, terrifying, relentless and unstoppable." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times "Riveting and darkly brilliant. The North Water feels like the result of an encounter between Joseph Conrad and Cormac McCarthy in some run-down port as they offer each other a long, sour nod of recognition." Colm Toibin, The New York Times Book Review "An audacious work of historical suspense fiction...

It's the poetic precision of McGuire's harsh vision of the past that makes his novel such a standout... absolutely transporting." Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice A nineteenth-century whaling ship sets sail for the Arctic with a killer aboard in this dark, sharp, and highly original tale that grips like a thriller. Behold the man stinking, drunk, and brutal. Henry Drax is a harpooner on the Volunteer, a Yorkshire whaler bound for the rich hunting waters of the arctic circle.

Also aboard for the first time is Patrick Sumner, an ex-army surgeon with a shattered reputation, no money, and no better option than to sail as the ship's medic on this violent, filthy, and ill-fated voyage. In India, during the Siege of Delhi, Sumner thought he had experienced the depths to which man can stoop. He had hoped to find temporary respite on the Volunteer, but rest proves impossible with Drax on board.

The discovery of something evil in the hold rouses Sumner to action. And as the confrontation between the two men plays out amid the freezing darkness of an arctic winter, the fateful question arises who will survive until spring? With savage, unstoppable momentum and the blackest wit, Ian McGuire's The North Water weaves a superlative story of humanity under the most extreme conditions.

About author

McGuire grew up near Hull, England, and studied at the University of Manchester and the University of Virginia in the United States. He is the cofounder and codirector of the University of Manchester's Centre for New Writing. He writes criticism and fiction, and his stories have been published in Chicago Review, The Paris Review, and elsewhere.

The North Water is his second novel.

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