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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. 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 entire life in a dark attic a number of women blessed with extraordinary beauty but who bring ill luck a sinking island a Circe like woman who spends her life in a cave luring people and incest You d think this is enough to make a cracker of a book It s not It s just an extremely wordy and tedious book that chronicles the fate of a family I d rather they were dead and gone than the whales It s true that it s a glorification of a way of life that I cannot sympathize with even if it didn t have incest in it The well being of a family profiting on the slaughter of countless whales even if this is historical fiction isn t something I feel keenly about Add to that wholly unlikable characters a main character whose main uality seems to be collating and narrating the facts of her family without giving it any color of her own a messy mixture of myths and fantasies and you have a pointless book that took me ages to get through It really only took me two days but it felt like an eternity Every single element in it is normally exactly what I would swallow up without uestion Even the whale killing which I don t agree with I can take in a well written story But this book wasn t for me 2 stars The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox unlikable characters a main character whose main The Illusionists uality seems to be collating and narrating the facts of her family without giving it any color of her own a messy mixture of myths and fantasies and you have a pointless book that took me ages to get through It really only took me two days but it felt like an eternity Every single element in it is normally exactly what I would swallow Planet of the Bugs up without Fishes of the Open Ocean uestion Even the whale killing which I don t agree with I can take in a well written story But this book wasn t for me 2 stars

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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. This is one of the best novels I ve read in the past year it s part historical novel allegory fable family saga and fictional memoir It is Janice Clark s first book and she is a rare talent one I ll be watching Without giving too much away the story of The Rathbone family is set in the mid nineteenth century on the sea faring coast of Connecticut The males of the family are whalers the progeny of Moses Rathbone There are disturbing aspects to the family history but handled with a matter of fact non sensational prose The full weight of the secrets dawn slowly peeled back bit by bit from the shrouds of time and distance as if by the crow which flits and flies in and out of the story on and off the shoulder of Mercy our young heroine The crow serves as an allegorical device always there sometimes helpful and protective sometimes threatening but like the sea and whales mute testimony to the power and pull of heritage memory and destiny The book reminded me a bit of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern in the blending of reality and fantasy Which is which Does it matter Aren t all novels fantastical to one degree or another Highly recommended a terrific book Perhaps I should mention that while Mercy the main protagonist of the story is a young girl this is not a book for youngsters ie the YA audience

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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. 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 thoughts on “The Rathbones

  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 kidna

  2. says:

    So An interesting and incredibly juicy premise of a whaling family wholly populated by and due to incest an adventure that span mul

  3. says:

    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 directed by David Lynch from a screenplay by Gabriel Garcia Maruezwith Charles A

  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 bu

  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 and design background

  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 and fictional memoir It is Janice Clark's first book and she is a rare talent one I'll be watching Without giving too much away the

  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 al

  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 from the mid 1700’s to the mid 1800”s The book is narrated by Mercy Rathb

  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

  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 a

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