The North Water: Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize

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A 19th-century whaling ship sets sail for the Arctic with a killer aboard in this dark, sharp and highly original novel, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016
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ISBN-13: 9781471151262
ISBN-10: 1471151263
Pagini: 352
Dimensiuni: 130 x 198 x 25 mm
Greutate: 0.34 kg
Colecția Scribner UK


'A stunning achievement, by turns great fun and shocking, thrilling and provocative. Behold: one of the finest books of the year'
'McGuire delivers one bravura set-piece after another . . . The North Water has, in places, a Conrad–Melville undercurrent, but for the most part it is Dickens’s influence that is most keenly felt . . . This is a stunning novel, one that snares the reader from the outset and keeps the tightest grip until its bitter end'
'Horrifically gripping. Such fine writing might have been lifted from the pages of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick
'Terrific, seamed with pitch black humour and possessed of a momentum that's kept up to the final, unexpected but resoundingly satisfying scene ... Inspired'
'As a storyteller, McGuire has a sure and unwavering touch, and he has engineered a superbly compelling suspense narrative . . . As a stylist, too, McGuire is never less than assured . . . a writer of exceptional craft and confidence'
'Raw and compulsively readable . . . think The Revenant for the Arctic Circle'
'Terse, grisly...Henry Drax, chief harpooner on board the Volunteer, is the dark presence around whom the novel revolves and what a presence. One thing’s for certain: like Moby Dick, this book is not about the fish.'
'This book is quite a ride . . . The powerful story and the riches of the setting do not romanticise the past'
'The North Water has exceptional power and energy'
'A vivid read, full of twists, turns, period detail and strong characters . . . An enjoyable contrast to most literary fiction'
'Brilliant, fast-paced, gripping. A tour de force of narrative tension and a masterful reconstruction of a lost world' 
‘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. McGuire has an extraordinary talent’ 
'A novel that takes us to the limits of flesh and blood. Utterly convincing and compelling, remorselessly vivid and insidiously witty. A startling achievement' 
‘Death is the making of The North Water, Ian McGuire’s bloody, gripping novel set in the middle of the 19th century aboard the Volunteer . . . The language has a harsh, surprising beauty that contrasts the spectacular setting with the greedy, bankrupt men who force their way northward, armed with harpoons for slaughter . . . Powerful’
The North Water is brilliant. A fast-paced gripping story set in a world where ‘why’ is not a question and murder happens on a whim; but where a faint ray of grace and hope lights up the landscape of salt and blood and ice’ 
‘The strength of The North Water lies in its well-researched detail and persuasive descriptions of the cold, violence, cruelty and the raw, bloody business of whale-killing. The Volunteer is rotten from the outset . . . The ship becomes a morally null universe, isolated on the north water. There are echoes here of Conrad’s Heart of Darkness
‘McGuire delivers not only arresting depictions of bloody destruction, but moments of fine prose that recall Seamus Heaney's harsh music.  For noirish thrills in an unusual setting, McGuire has the goods and the gore’
‘A dark, brilliant yarn . . . An amazing journey’
‘Ian McGuire’s second novel is an unflinching look at what men do, in extreme circumstances, for money, to survive, or for no reason at all. It has quite a lot in common with TV shows like HBO’s Deadwood and its many descendants (including Peaky Blinders), and . . .  it grips like a horror movie. The North Water is self-consciously literary, thick with allusions to other books: Moby Dick, obviously; Conrad; Elizabeth Gaskell’s only historical novel, Sylvia’s Lovers; William Golding’s Rites of Passage trilogy; Frankenstein; Dracula; McGuire’s opening sentence is an ironic allusion to John’s gospel but it also recalls the beginning of the novel that The North Water most resembles, Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian’ 
'Blood, blubber and appalling human violence saturate a tale of a doomed 19th-century whaling voyage to the Arctic'
'Set in the late 19th century, this is the tale of Patrick Sumner, a former army surgeon who joins a whaler bound for the waters of the Arctic Circle. Why would he take on such a dangerous task? He has a secret to hide. Also worth noting is that Ian McGuire's vivid novel is full of the smells of Victorian Hull, which include the "morning piss-stink of just-emptied night jars", "the usual tavern stench - farts and pipe-smoke and spilled ale", "the roaring stench of excrement and decay"; the "residual smell of horse dung and butchery"...I could go on'
'Prompted by Colm Toibin's superb review in The New York Times, I lost my Kindle virginity to The North Water, Ian McGuire's chilling tale of whaling and depravity'
'This terse and grisly novel about the last days of the whaling industry is joint favourite to win the Man Booker Prize'
‘Should there be a dark horse on the [Man Booker] list, this is it. Forget slick, cool, funny and topical, this is the kind of book that captures the imagination, this is what fiction is about – the power of story.’
'McGuire approached the telling of his novel with a linguistic panache seldom seen in contemporary British fiction' 
‘Powerful . . . A tale of startling brutality and violence. Undeniably gripping’