The Solitude of Thomas Cave
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'Harding's exquisite novel is a masterpiece ... a profound meditation on survival, atonement and faith' Daily Telegraph 'Outstanding ... Thomas Cave's ordeal should hold readers fast in an icy grip' Independent 'A haunting, beautifully written first novel, this tale lingers in the back of your mind long after you have finished it' Harper's Bazaar 'A wonderfully well-written story ... At a time when faith of any description seems unfashionable, Harding's parable is a haunting reminder of where we went wrong' Independent on Sunday --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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.
It is also a profound book. The themes explored and the imagery and feelings conveyed linger in the mind, leaving a lasting impression. It's weeks since I read the book but I can easily recall the vast, white emptiness, so vividly yet quietly portrayed. I also find myself thinking about man's effects on the environment more often since reading this book.
I found the final part of the book less satisfying than the previous parts, somehow disjointed. But I might have missed something so will read it again shortly, before the winter is out, as a book like this is better read when the skies are white and the days are short and cold.
I've already purchased another of the author's novels, as I was impressed with her prose and really liked the fact there was a moral present in what was already a poignant and unique tale. I didn't laugh or cry, but the story was an emotive one.
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I loved this. Hugely accomplished , and compelling. The narrative is biblical in the way that Peter Matthieson or William Golding can be , but she creates her own style . Read morePublished 1 month ago by Skeoghman
Set in the first half of the 17th century, this is a poetic and highly literate novel that has as its themes the nature of mankind and our impact on the environment. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Douglas Kemp
The author is my step sister. I was delighted with this book, and delighted to get hold of a copy through Amazon long after it had ceased to be shelved by Waterstones et al.Published on 29 April 2014 by Patrick Furlong
This is the story of one man's endurance and the way it shapes his philosophy and changes his thinking. It is beautifully written with compassion and detail. Read morePublished on 3 Oct. 2013 by Tiddlepod
This book arrived in pristine form to delight me. It is a work of literary art and I would recommend it to any book lover.Published on 23 Aug. 2013 by Mrs. Janette B. Jeans
We read this book in our book group earlier in the year and on the whole most readers enjoyed the book. Read morePublished on 28 Jun. 2013 by Mrs. W. B. Taylor
Having listened to the aidio version I had to buy a copy for my son after I'd described it to him!Published on 25 Feb. 2013 by P. Masters
Hugely atmospheric, and with an enigmatic plotline that I relished. It's my third Georgina Harding I've read on the trot, loved all three. So varied too. Hope there's more to come!Published on 3 Feb. 2013 by valcorbett
Georgina Harding is more than just a good writer, I'm tempted to call her great, certainly she stands out among those writing today, not only for her prose, which is impeccable,... Read morePublished on 6 Oct. 2012 by Pedro