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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (4 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747592667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747592662
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,384,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Harding's exquisite novel is a masterpiece of mood and location ... a profound meditation on survival, atonement and faith' Daily Telegraph 'Her descriptions of scenery are outstanding ... Thomas Cave's ordeal should hold readers fast in an icy grip' Independent 'I read it almost at one sitting and thought it was an astonishing and risk-taking piece of imaginative writing. Her language is superb - evocative and poetic. She conjures up a mysterious and haunting world that lingers in the imagination' Charles Palliser 'Congratulations on a really brilliant book - a modern classic, a unique story wonderfully told. Thomas Cave will live on' Brian Patten

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Georgina Harding is the author of two works of non-fiction: Tranquebar: A Season in South India and In Another Europe. This is her first novel. She lives in London and Colchester, Essex.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By DAR VINE VOICE on 24 Feb. 2007
Format: Hardcover
TSOTC is beautifully written novel set in the Arctic in August 1616. Thomas Cave, a quiet thoughtful seafarer, finds himself at the centre of a wager that leaves him on his own and battling the arctic wilderness for a year with little more than basic provisions. What starts as a book about Man vs Nature evolves into a book about Man vs His Nature, and I was painfully aware of the modern parallels.

The prose is measured, but not manipulative. Author Harding fluently weaves together the psychological and physical elements that claw for Thomas Cave's attention and insinuate themselves as truth, with or without proof. Highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Neil Kealey on 1 Jun. 2007
Format: Hardcover
There is beauty here, and not just in the exquisite cover and interesting page edges. The writing, like the scenery Harding portrays, is stark but evocative; beautiful and engaging and the concept is reminiscent of Cruesoe.

The writing is incredibly vivid in places. It is a book that touches all the senses. The cold, the isolation, the fear, the sense of timelessness all haunted me as I read. The whaling itself was so well described that it left me quite perturbed. I could almost feel the blubber under foot; I could almost feel the knife slicing through the lice-ridden skin and smell it festering in the 24 hour sun.

On the simplest level this is a book about man's capacity to survive, to adapt, to leave his footprint on the world he inhabits; it is about the ability in the most ordinary of men to do the extraordinary. I love this about it. It is inspiring.

Most of all, though, this novel is about change. It is a allegory of man's impact on the environment and the environment's impact on men. The two are linked and this book outlines that link beautifully.

If I can be fussy for a moment, I would have liked to have seen more of Cave's time back in civilisation and, but this is a small quibble. This is a great read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Geoff Sawers on 29 Mar. 2011
Format: Paperback
I was recommended this by my mum, perhaps because she remembered how much I loved Moby Dick when I was younger. It is an intricately layered novel, set during the Seventeenth Century, and centering on a sailor on a whaling ship out of Hull who takes a wager to remain in Greenland through the winter. It is a book about loss and loneliness, carefully paced and finely spun out in waves of clear, almost sparse narrative interspersed with flurries of lush descriptive writing.
The kind of book that makes you happily forgive the occasional glaring error. Ten pounds seems far too much for an ordinary seaman in the 17th Century to wager. The tone of the whole book, in fact, seems to be more like the early 19th C - until we reach the beginnings of the Civil War, in the final chapters. And what on earth made the author suggest that Snipe have curved bills (p.21)? Straight as a pikestaff, whenever I've seen one. Is she confusing them with Curlew? No matter - it is still a lovely novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lady Fancifull TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Dec. 2009
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How would it be to choose solitude, with no certain hope of changing one's mind? How would it be, in the end, to rely upon who you are, your skills and talents, and upon surrender to, and understanding, the implacability and indifference of the vastness of the natural world?

This is a fascinating subject to me. Most of us are so used to having our needs met by the interdependency of community; we never need to confront our deepest identity, who we are in relationship to ourselves. Only oneself as a measure of what it is to be human.

I've read a lot of books that are factual accounts of exploration of solitude, A Book of Silence and a relationship with the environment The Wild Places or an attempt to piece together a book about someone else's solitude Into the Wild and there does seem to be something particularly challenging and revealing about the 'extreme North' both as idea and as reality. Something about the light and the unearthly clarity of deep snow, and the frozen brightness of that white and unforgiving landscape.

Harding's book, written with a sombre, bleak descriptiveness is a fictional account of one man's experience of 'North'. Set in the seventeenth century, it recounts the tale of a sailor choosing to spend nearly a year in an isolated whaling station, in the far Arctic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 21 Mar. 2012
Format: Paperback
I love reading books about isolation in the North Atlantic - and this book boded well in that regard. Thomas Cave, a whaler in 1616, is left at his own behest at a whaling station when his ship sails away. He has sworn to attempt to live there, on his own, for a year, with the whaling ship returning next season to see if he has been successful or not. They leave him with all the provisions they think he will need. Thomas takes to keeping a diary; not so much of his feelings or thoughts, but of survival - so that at the very least, if he dies before the ship returns, they will know of the limits of his endurance and the viability of any future plans for staying on the island that we now know as Svalbard. While reading Thomas' diary, and hearing his observations, we find more of this enigmatic man; what drove him, what led him to where he is now, and why he is doing this apparently suicidal thing. The story picks up again in 1640, with one of his former shipmates narrating the ship's return to Svalbard after the winter, to pick up Thomas Cave.

This is one of those books that you read hungrily, avid to find out what happens next. But it leaves you thinking, and determined to read it again, slowly and deliberately, to savour each nuance of the characters, of the atmosphere, of the story itself. Recommended for a thoughtful, enlightening read.
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