The North Water
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One of The New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of the Year
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize
Winner of the RSL Encore Award
Finalist for the Los Angeles Book Prize
A New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestseller
Named a Best Book of the Year by Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, New Statesman, Publishers Weekly, and Chicago Public Library
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.
From Publishers Weekly
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Recipe for Success!
A salty mixture of John Grisham patter, buggery, decapitation, and serial murder; garnish with a dab of Eskimo sex; serve in a goblet of literary pretension. Voila!
"Great Evil is the Absence of Good."
The depravity, ineptitude, addiction, corruption, greed, and "evil for evil's sake" displayed by the actors in this novel seem a perfect caricature of culture in the post-truth world. When values collapse and everyone has their hands dirty, who can save us from ourselves? Nobody. Nobody at all. We are reduced to animals in a world where pessimistic determinism and social Darwinism rule. A great story for anyone interested in post-Naturalistic prophesy.
The North Water
I loved this book from beginning to end it had me. Could not put it down. Action packed and full of surprise