The Solitude of Thomas Cave

  • by Georgina Harding
  • Narrated by John Lee
  • 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1616 an English whaling ship heads for home, leaving behind the quiet, headstrong Thomas Cave, who has bet the rest of the crew that he can spend a winter on an Arctic island - alone. But nothing so threatens the sailor as his own mind, haunted by the remembrances of another life and a lost love.

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What the Critics Say

"In a free and direct style that touches on period dialect but is never heavy-handed...Harding probes Cave's solitude and his responses to a landscape that, in a heartbeat, can be unrelentingly bleak or dazzling. It's a simple story of spiritual purification, and it is handled beautifully throughout." (Publishers Weekly)
"Although Cave survives the physical trial, this is not a 'happily ever after' book, and the ending is thought-provoking and realistic." (School Library Journal)

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Another haunting little book

This book has the feel of a Bergman film, or perhaps of an iceberg floating in the northern seas, so little is said but so much is felt floating beneath the surface. It's the perfect listen for a night before the fire with a good bottle of wine and lots of solitude.
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- Julie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-26-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.