Minds of Winter

Minds of Winter

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"In a journey shrouded in mystery and intrigue, Sir John Franklin's 1845 campaign in search of the Northwest Passage ended in tragedy. All 129 men were lost to the ice, and nothing from the expedition was retrieved, including two rare and valuable Greenwich chronometers. When one of the chronometers appears a century and a half later in London, in pristine condition and crudely disguised as a Victorian carriage clock, new questions arise about what really happened on that expedition--and the fates of the men involved. When Nelson Nilsson, an aimless drifter from Alberta, finds himself in Canada's Northern Territories in search of his brother, he meets Fay Morgan by chance. Fay has just arrived from London, hoping to find answers to her burning questions about her past. When they discover that their questions about their pasts and present are inextricably linked, the two will become unlikely partners as they unravel a mystery that traverses continents and centuries. In a narrative that crosses time and space, O'Loughlin delves deep into the history of Franklin's expedition through the eyes of the explorers themselves, addressing questions that have intrigued historians and readers for centuries. What motivated these men to strike out on dangerous campaigns in search of the unknown? What was at stake for them, and for those they left behind? And when things went wrong--things that couldn't be shared--what would they do to protect themselves and their discoveries?"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Quercus, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781681442457
9781681442440
1681442450
1681442442
Characteristics: 497 pages : maps ; 24 cm

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Jul 08, 2017

I really wanted to like this novel, but it turned into a slog through interesting but largely irrelevant historical events that end up contributing little to the narrative arc of the supposedly central characters. The ending is perhaps meant to be surprising, but like so much that precedes it, is irrelevant and leaves the reader as cold as the frozen artic in which it occurs.

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JenRaw
Jun 01, 2017

Read the full review here http://bit.ly/2qFjjRm

Minds of Winter is an ambitious novel that chronicles the effects of the disappearance of the notorious Franklin Expedition above the Arctic circle. It begins from the expedition’s inception in Van Diemen’s Land in 1841 and continues to affect polar explorers right through to present day Inuvik, North West Territories.

It’s quite a feat to cover nearly 200 years of history in a coherent and entertaining way, which is why author Ed O’Loughlin chose to sprinkle the narrative surrounding Franklin’s disappearance in between chapters regarding the protagonists, Nelson Nilsson and Fay Morgan, who are both in search of something for themselves.

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vickiz
Feb 12, 2017

Maybe stories converge at the poles. Like the lines on the map.

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