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Ian McGuire

Forfatter af The North Water

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Ian McGuire is the co-director of the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester. He has published a novel, Incredible Bodies, essays, and short stories in journals and magazines including The Chicago Review, The Mississippi Quarterly, The Paris Review, and The Journal of American vis mere Studies. He lives in Manchester, England. vis mindre

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Værker af Ian McGuire

The North Water (2016) 1,362 eksemplarer
The Abstainer (2020) 174 eksemplarer
Incredible Bodies (2006) 22 eksemplarer
Celui qui sait (2021) 2 eksemplarer
L'astemio (2021) 2 eksemplarer
Apele nordului 1 eksemplar
Kuzey Sulari (2017) 1 eksemplar
De weigeraar 1 eksemplar

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Raw and disgusting. Way out of my comfort zone. Can't believe I couldn't put it down.
dhenn31 | 95 andre anmeldelser | Jan 24, 2024 |
Ian McGuire's "The North Water" is far too good a novel for an amateur reviewer like myself to introduce. For a great introduction I recommend Colm Toibin's review in The New York Times, the first couple of paragraphs of which were enough for me to order the book at my local library.

However, Toibin's review leaves a little room for me to comment on a couple of themes of the book I think he skipped by.

If "The North Water" is about anything it is about the ability of man to seek redemption for his sins. There are moral sins aplenty in the book. There are also what I might call ethnographic sins: what evil do the men of "The Volunteer" -- the ship bearing whalers to the north -- bring to the Inuit, the people of the North.

This is not a minor matter.

For one thing, the whalers clearly despoil the Inuit's traditional hunting grounds.

Whereas the Inuit treat the big game of the north as partners in a game of survival, for the whalers we have a community of killers stripping whales of their blubber for an obsolete fuel in a dying market.

The seal blood consumed by the locals is a sacred beverage. For the whalers it a waste product.

Toibin praises McGuire for keeping the irony from destroying the narrative, but I see rich irony in the reactions of Sumner to the missionary priest who nurses him to health. Sumner rejects the redemption offered by Christ, or at least he consciously rejects it. The missionary believes Sumner's actions speak louder than his words.

The landscape is also virtually devoid of women and any sort of balanced view of the natural kingdom.

This is not a sentimental novel but there is something to be said for the world of animal and spirit and mystery at its extremes.

… (mere)
MylesKesten | 95 andre anmeldelser | Jan 23, 2024 |
I could read Ian McGuire all day and night. His prose is gentle, and spare. His sentences writhing in colour and place.
MylesKesten | 6 andre anmeldelser | Jan 23, 2024 |
Solid. Entertainment.
postsign | 95 andre anmeldelser | Dec 28, 2023 |



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