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Poils of the huntMercy fifteen years old is the diminutive scion of the Rathbone clan Her father the last in the dynasty of New England whalers has been lost at sea for seven years ever since the last sperm whale was seen off the coast of Naiwayonk Connecticut Mercy's memories of her father and of the time before he left grow dimmer each day and she spends most of her time in the attic hideaway of her reclusive Uncle Mordecai who teaches her the secrets of Greek history and nav. The night I finished reading The Rathbones I dreamed of water and ruin I woke up this morning and had to remind myself that I m in Kansas not near the oce

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The Rathbones

A literary adventure set in New England Janice Clark's gothic debut chronicles one hundred years of a once prosperous seafaring dynastyMoses the revered patriarch of the Rathbone family possessed an otherworldly instinct for spotting the whale But years of bad decisions by the heirs to his fortune have whittled his formerly robust family down to just one surviving member a young girl left to live in the broken down ancestral mansion that at one time had glowed golden with the s. From The Millions articleThe Rathbones by Janice Clark The Rathbones is the most sui generis debut you re likely to encounter this year Think Moby Dick

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Igation through his collection of moldering books But when a strange violent visitor turns up one night on the widow's walk Mercy and Mordecai are forced to flee the house and set sail on a journey that will bring them deep into the haunted history of the Rathbone familyInspired by The Odyssey and infused with beautifully detailed descriptions of the realities of coastal and ship life reminiscent of Moby Dick Janice Clark's magnificent debut is a spellbinding literary adventure. In its basic concepts the book comes down to a story about the Rathbones a whaling family their wives and descendants It covers about 100 years from the m


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  1. says:

    This may have been the weirdest book I have ever read And I've read a lot of really weird booksSome topics covered in this book whaling basic carpentry pickling techniues sperm whale anatomy inbreeding wife swapping kidnappi

  2. says:

    So An interesting and incredibly juicy premise of a whaling family wholly populated by and due to incest an adventure that span multiple islands with old enigmatic people working at looms crazy old people filling their house with beauty because they themselves have none a Penelope like woman supposedly waiting for a husband that left 10 years ago following the whales a Charles Darwin type naturalist who has spent his e

  3. says:

    From The Millions articleThe Rathbones by Janice Clark The Rathbones is the most sui generis debut you’re likely to encou

  4. says:

    2 stars Meh Just okHave you ever ordered something from a restaurant and when the waiter sets down your dish you instantly knew they had served the wrong entree? And then when you tell the surly waiter No I ordered XYZ they replied but that IS XYZ Yeah this book was like thatI was expecting historical fiction with a touch of magical realism and while those ingredients are present it also ended up being an incredibly creepy sometimes stra

  5. says:

    The night I finished reading The Rathbones I dreamed of water and ruin I woke up this morning and had to remind myself that I'm in Kansas not near the ocean and nowhere in the vicinity of a ship or a widow's walk Imagery of water weirdness and whales flows through every page of The Rathbones Janice Clark's art

  6. says:

    This is one of the best novels I've read in the past year it's part historical novel allegory fable family saga a

  7. says:

    Such a great read The Rathbone's is an unusual and uniue tale It was like reading a classic it has a courageous heroine named Mercy a coming of age whaling dynasty heiress amid gorgeous language of ships and sea; descriptions so engaging and naturally vivid I was surprised to not find sea mist and fog and crows out my window Yet this novel also had a boldly strange twist that is hard to define some are callin

  8. says:

    In its basic concepts the book comes down to a story about the Rathbones a whaling family their wives and descendants It covers about 100 years

  9. says:

    I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads I really wanted to like it but I couldn't find anything to care about in the characters or the story The mix of history and fantasy just didn't work It seemed lifeless and contrived Having said that I know I'm a minority opinion so it could be your cup of tea

  10. says:

    After completing this book I felt I had just stepped off that Mr Toad ride at Disneyland Funky and freaky Gothic and nautical Suirmy and psyche