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The White Darkness Hardcover – 1 Sep 2005

4.2 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; First Edition edition (1 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192719831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192719836
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.5 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,150,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Geraldine McCaughrean has long been a fine novelist; The White Darkness makes her a great one as well. Wickedly funny and diabolically clever, effortlessly erudite and richly imagined, wryly wise and unsentimentally emotional, this has to be one of the most remarkable novels for children published in the last fifty years. (Nicholas Tucker )

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The new novel from this major award-winning author, the story of a teenage girl with an obsession with the Antarctic.

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This book can be read on so many levels and no matter what you look for in a story you'll find somethig here for you. Its a story of adventure and redemption, a love story, a study of madness and human nature. Recommended for all readers, young and old, male and female!
I found the characters had great depth to them, in particular Sym and her very mad uncle. There is a malevolence and menace to the uncle that gradually comes to the surface. When you finally do see the extent of his insanity it is terrifying.
Sym's descriptions of the Antartic are vivid and questioning...why does nature go to all the trouble of being so beautiful when no one is there to see it? She is a likable character, realistically awkward and ugly-duckling like, refreshing in her naiviety.
Give this book a try. You wont be disappointed.
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I absolutley love this book. Yet again Geraldine Mccaughrean has produced a book for the young adult market which surpassess anything else on the reading shelves. Sym is a teenage girl going through teen things until her uncle decides to take her to Paris or so she and everyone elso thinks, that is until she arrives in the antarctic. To help her on this trip is her soul companion who lives in her head and just so happens to be Captain Lawrence(Titus) Oates who was on the fateful Scott expedition and who so memorably walked out of the tent leaving a note saying "I maybe some time". Can Titus help save our intrepid heroine? I would recommend reading it to find out not only about Sym but also about the Arctic and Titus Oates. This is an absolutely fabulous read and will stay with you forever.
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This is without a doubt one of the best books I've read this year...and possibly one of the best reads ever. Thought-provoking, moving, descriptive, and with a dash of humour. The characters were great, especially Sym, the main character. She makes a nice change from most forthright and bold heroes, and I loved watching her grow in confidence through her adventures. The descriptions of Antarctica were breathtaking.

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Geraldine McCaughrean, whose Not the End of the World, a subversive way of looking at Noah's Flood, I had absolutely adored, here turns her pull-few-punches gaze on a story of the Antarctic, marrying revisitings of Scott's expedition with the story of a young girl, and a fascination/obsession with Titus Oates, from that expedition, and her own, much darker trip to the Antarctic.

I am devoted to books with Polar, frozen settings, and I do very much like fine writing for teens which does not patronise, dumb down, or underestimate the intelligence of that audience. As McCaughrean is definitely a writer without an ounce of `talking down to' in her writing, and is moreover a writer who makes any reader - teen or far beyond the YA world, work and pay attention whilst at the same time being driven on by `what happens next and to whom' urgency, I really expected to love this book

And I did and I didn't. The central character, Sym, is intelligent, wounded, rather a loner, and out of step within the world of her peers, who appear to be an unlikeable, superficial, tiresome bunch,

Sym is extremely likeable, an attractive combination of maturity and integrity but despite some sort of emotional wisdom, she is extremely innocent of `street smarts', and therefore extremely vulnerable to those without the integrity she has. And that is pretty well every character in the book.

She has a rich inner fantasy life. Her father died when she was quite young, and she has constructed a strong inner male hero, protector, guide, who teeters between father figure, someone SHE protects, and possible future lover.
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The White Darkness is my favourite book ever. I was about nine years old when my (highly intelligent)friend read this book and phoned me up and told me that I was identical to Sym (She hastely added minus the 'imadginary' friend) and seeing as there has never been anyone remotly like me in a book before I had to read it. I am very glad I did as it is my favourite book ever. And I read a LOT of books.

Naturally, given the above explination, you can probably guess that my favourite thing about the book is the main charector, Sym. And you would be right. This is the first and only book I have read that the main charector is deaf. It pefectly portayed what living with hearing aids at fourteen (and younger, both of us starting to wear them at seven, when kids aren't so polite about them). Of course several of the subtle annoyences with hearing aids where left out, such as if you try to talk to anyone on the phone you can't wear them and have to take them out (very very annoying).

Sym is also very easy to relate to with her puzzlement at teenage culture (sure a rather tamer version then what really happens but these are her friends). Trying to understand girls infactuation with gangaly, acne-ridden, brutish (and evil) boys that expect you to be begging you to worship (and other stuff) is perfectly portrayed.

The actually story of the novel is a charming adventure with Sym (and the reader) oblivious to what is going to happen. It is fantastically well written and the story is perfectly layed out.

This book easily gets five stars and an instant reccomendation for anyone.
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