- Gebundene Ausgabe: 496 Seiten
- Verlag: Jonathan Cape Ltd (12. September 2002)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0224069187
- ISBN-13: 978-0224069182
- Verpackungsabmessungen: 23,9 x 16,8 x 4,1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: Schreiben Sie die erste Bewertung
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 4.461.034 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Navigator of New York (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 12. September 2002
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Wayne Johnston's last novel, The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, was acclaimed all round the world and established him as a major literary figure. Johnston's new novel will delight everyone who loved that book and bring him thousands of new readers. At the centre of The Second Century of Devlin Stead is the rivalry between Robert Peary and Frederick Cook to be the first American to reach the North Pole. Its protagonist, however, is Devlin Stead, a young man from St John's, Newfoundland. Devlin's mother dies when he is only five, in mysterious circumstances, and he endures a lonely childhood before discovering the truth about his patentage. That discovery transforms his life: he finds his true father and embarks on a journey of unbelievable risk. His adventure brings him celebrity, acclaim from New York 'society', real love, and finally, the truth about the bitter feud between two strange, driven men. The Second Century of Devlin Stead is a story of epic sweep, thrilling adventure and heartbreaking pathos. Johnston has harnessed the scope, energy and inventiveness of the nineteenth-century novel and channelled it through the haunting and eloquent voice of his hero.His descriptions of place, whether of the frozen Arctic wastes or teeming New York, have an extraordinary physicality and conviction, recreating a time when the wide world seemed to be there for the taking. A remarkable achievement that seamlessly weaves facts and fabrication, it continues the masterful reinvention of the historical novel that Wayne Johnston began with his lavishly praised The Colony of Unrequited Dreams.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Wayne Johnston is the author of four previous novels and the memoir Baltimore's Mansion. He was born and raised in Newfoundland and now lives in Toronto.
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The main aspects of the story are young Stead trying to navigate late Victorian uptight society while discovering various aspects of his infamous explorer family, and the attempt to be the first person to the North Pole. The exploration stories play out well, and one wishes even more time had been spent on them. Nonetheless, he is nothing but a passenger on these explorations, and is taught none of the vital technical skills required for navigation and discovery.
The family story is essentially the meat of it, yet it ends up being told in a clumsy matter....how he can still trust his father by the end is unfathomable. There seem to be these soap-opera revelatory moments when yet another confession changes everything. Some detective work or other means of discovery might have been more interesting. Very regularly Stead is confronted with yet another true version or account of the same story. His social skills develop much more quickly than his exploration skills, even for a humorless, self-conscious and charmless character like him and his father.
Ultimately, the story was not satisfying, but it was written well enough that I would recommend it anyway.
On a positive note, I thought the author had a beautiful writing style and I enjoyed his use of words and expression of thoughts. I think that those who enjoy quality literary style would find Mr. Johnston's written words enough to keep reading (the reason for 3 stars).
Definitely too slow for me and not enough action to keep me interested past the halfway point. Also, despite the female figure on the cover, this felt like a "guy's book" to me - a topic men might find more interesting.