By Ian McGuire
"The North Water...is an exceptional white shark of a booklet ― quick, terrifying, relentless and unstoppable."
―Michiko Kakutani, the recent York Times
“Riveting and darkly brilliant….The North Water appears like the results of an stumble upon among Joseph Conrad and Cormac McCarthy in a few run-down port as they provide one another a protracted, bitter nod of recognition.”
―Colm Toibin, The ny occasions ebook Review
"[An] audacious paintings of old suspense fiction...It's the poetic precision of McGuire's harsh imaginative and prescient of the previous that makes his novel one of these standout...absolutely transporting."
―Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air
A New York instances publication assessment Editors' selection
A nineteenth-century whaling send units sail for the Arctic with a killer aboard during this darkish, sharp, and hugely unique story that grips like a thriller.
Behold the guy: stinking, inebriated, and brutal. Henry Drax is a harpooner at the Volunteer, a Yorkshire whaler sure for the wealthy searching waters of the arctic circle. additionally aboard for the 1st time is Patrick Sumner, an ex-army general practitioner with a shattered popularity, no cash, and no better choice than to sail because the ship's medic in this violent, filthy, and ill-fated voyage.
In India, in the course of the Siege of Delhi, Sumner concept he had skilled the depths to which guy can droop. He had was hoping to discover transitority respite at the Volunteer, yet leisure proves most unlikely with Drax on board. the invention of whatever evil within the carry rouses Sumner to motion. and because the war of words among the 2 males performs out amid the freezing darkness of an arctic iciness, the fateful query arises: who will live to tell the tale till spring?
With savage, unstoppable momentum and the blackest wit, Ian McGuire's The North Water weaves a superlative tale of humanity less than the main severe conditions.