Delightfully quirky Canadian tale,
This review is from: Nikolski (Paperback)
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As a fan of quirky witty books and the TV series Northern Exposure, I greatly enjoyed this well crafted tale of 3 people connected to the Alaskan / Aluetian Island town Nikolski. The un-named narrator works in a secondhand bookshop in Montreal and owns a compass which is the only item left from his father's life. It points to Nikolski, a small place in Alaska, the last known place where his father lived. Noah may share the same father, Joyce is related to Noah's father and according to tales told by her grandpa, who lives in a rickety house on the outskirts of her village, has pirate ancestors. Noah and Joyce end up in a Montreal fish shop where Joyce works and Noah lives, although they never meet there. Their lives also intertwine with the narrator, mainly because of a mysterious book about pirates which started life at Liverpool University and has travelled around the world. As a bookcrosser, I was particularly tickled by the important part this book plays in the story. The book is gracefully translated and the narrative flows beautifully. It is also beautifully produced, with pictures of fish as chapter headings. I found this book a pleasure to look at and read.