Set in the Alaskan landscape that she brought to stunningly vivid life in The Snow Child (a Sunday Times best seller, Richard and Judy pick and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), Eowyn Ivey's To the Bright Edge of the World is a breathtaking story of discovery set at the end of the 19th century, sure to appeal to fans of A Place Called Winter.
Lieutenant Colonel Allen Forrester receives the commission of a lifetime when he is charged to navigate Alaska's hitherto impassable Wolverine River with only a small group of men. The Wolverine is the key to opening up Alaska and its rich natural resources to the outside world, but previous attempts have ended in tragedy. Forrester leaves behind his young wife, Sophie, newly pregnant with the child he had never expected to have.
Adventurous in spirit, Sophie does not relish the prospect of a year in a military barracks while her husband carves a path through the wilderness. What she does not anticipate is that their year apart will demand every ounce of courage and fortitude of her that it does of her husband.
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"Stunning and intriguing...the reader finishes it richer and wiser." (Rosamund Lupton, author of Sister and The Quality of Silence)
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A lyrical tale of the Alaskan wilderness
A wonderful tale, a mysterious, exciting boy's own style adventure of exploration through the Alaskan wilderness, and a moving love story at the same time. I listened to this straight after The Snow Child; and it is very different; the story here being told by letters, diaries, reports,and newspaper clippings, in such a clever way that you might think these characters actually existed. The narration seemed a little slow and stolid after The Snow Child; but again this book required a different performance and I soon got used to it after a chapter or two, and before long found it very affecting- particularly in showing the relationship that developed between the men on the journey.
The more mystical events I found fascinating, and if anything, more believable and unnerving than the more fairytale 'magic' of The Snow Child, particularly the character of the shaman who 'flies on black wings'.
My only complaint is with Audible, the Audible sample is very short, and not really representative of the book, and might put potential listeners off; and I understand that the print book contains maps, photographs and drawings. Is there no way that these could be made available to enhance our listening?I listened to this so quickly I have run out of credits! This was a great book, and I am very sad that it is over.
It must be in the top fifth!
The main character, Sophie Forrester. She is possibly not the most plausible character considering when this book is set but the isolation and wildness of the setting allows her to be a fully developed, multi-dimensional character. She is an original creation and I liked her very much. Reminiscent of Anne (of Green Gables) in some ways.
Not that I remember.
This would make a good film I think! The tagline would be something about nests or perhaps light.
Interesting detail on early photography, well researched. I also enjoyed the scenery immensely.