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The Navigator of New York (edition 2003)
by Wayne Johnston (Author)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385507674, Hardcover)From the bestselling author of The Colony of Unrequited Dreams (“brilliant and accomplished” -- Annie Proulx), an epic novel of one man’s quest for the secret of his origins that ranges from the bustling streets of nineteenth-century New York to the remotest regions of the Arctic.
As a young child in St. John’s, Devlin Stead and his mother, Amelia, are suddenly abandoned by his father, Dr. Francis Stead, who flees north to practise medicine among the Eskimos. Distraught by his absence, Amelia throws herself into the icy ocean from Signal Hill. Rather than return home, his father joins the American Lieutenant Peary on one of his attempts to reach the North Pole, but wanders off from camp one night and is never seen again. Now orphaned, Devlin grows up an outcast and a loner, attended to by his devoted aunt Daphne and his taciturn physician uncle.
And then one day his uncle summons Devlin to his office and hands him an extraordinary letter from the explorer, Dr. Frederick Cook -- the first of several that will change everything Devlin thought he knew about himself. He will sail to New York to become Dr. Cook’s protégé, to be introduced into society, and eventually to accompany him on his race to reach the Pole before his arch-rival Peary. It is in Manhattan that Devlin falls in love with a young woman with an astonishing family connection to Amelia.
In The Navigator of New York Wayne Johnston’s descriptions of place -- whether of the frozen Arctic wastes or the city of New York, bursting with the energy of a metropolis about to become the capital city of the globe -- evoke an extraordinary physicality and conviction. A remarkable achievement that seamlessly weaves fact and fabrication, it continues the masterful reinvention of the historical novel Wayne Johnston began with his lavishly praised The Colony of Unrequited Dreams.
From the Hardcover edition.
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