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The voyage of the Narwhal 6 editions

Cover of: The voyage of the Narwhal by Andrea Barrett

"He was standing on the wharf, peering down at the Delaware River while the sun beat on his shoulders."

About the Book

Andrea Barrett “ “The voyage of the Narwhal” ( 1998)
historical fiction set in the Arctic in the 19th century (1855 -1856)
The novel draws on the experiences and discoveries of real expeditions to the Arctic ; sections of the novel are preceded by quotations from writers, naturalists, and scientists of the 19th century.

Erasmus Darwin Wells is a naturalist aboard 'The Narwhal” as it sails from the Delaware river for the Arctic with the goal of discovering the fate of expedition of John Franklin ( a real expedition). Zeke Voorhees, a childhood and family friend of Wells, is the commander of the expedition. For Wells, the expedition also becomes an inner journey as a rift develops between himself and Voorhees.

With the Narwhal's arrival in Arctic waters Voorhees begins the search for the lost expedition by exploring Arctic bays, sounds and coastlines. But as the Arctic winter approaches, the outlets to open waters set into a deep freeze. The Narwhal becomes barricaded by ice in a cove. The challenge now becomes surviving the Arctic winter. The men must deal not only with the harsh physical environment of the Arctic, but they must keep alive their spirit and determination to live.

When spring and summer arrive, as more of the frozen waters open up, Voorhees treks inland alone. He leaves Wells in charge of the Narwhal. When Voorhees does not return by the due date, the crew persuade Wells they must leave before winter sets in again. They retrofit a whale boat, so that it can be pulled or sailed along the frozen land, until they reach open waters.

“.........they fell and stumbled and were relieved only once, when the ice field was smooth and the wind blew from the northwest. That day they set the sails and glided for eight miles: a great blessing, never repeated …............” ( from “ The Goblins known as Innersuit”).

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Dewey 813/.54

6 editions First published in 1998

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Cover of: The voyage of the Narwhal.
Publish date unknown, BCA
The voyage of the Narwhal.
in English
Cover of: The voyage of the Narwhal
1998, W.W. Norton
The voyage of the Narwhal
in English - 1st ed.
Cover of: The voyage of the Narwhal
1998, W. W. Norton and Co.
The voyage of the Narwhal
Cover of: Voyage of the Narwhal
September 1999, W. W. Norton & Company
Voyage of the Narwhal
in English
Cover of: The voyage of the Narwhal
1999, Thorndike Press
The voyage of the Narwhal
in English
Cover of: Voyage of the Narwhal
September 1999, W. W. Norton & Company
Voyage of the Narwhal
in English

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