Jamrach's Menagerie

ISBN-10: 0307743179
ISBN-13: 9780307743176
Edition: 2011
Authors: Carol Birch
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Description: A thrilling and powerful novel about a young boy lured to sea by the promise of adventure and reward, with echoes ofGreat Expectations, Moby-Dick,andThe Voyage of the Narwhal.Jamrach’s Menagerietells the story of a nineteenth-century street urchin  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 6/12/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

A thrilling and powerful novel about a young boy lured to sea by the promise of adventure and reward, with echoes ofGreat Expectations, Moby-Dick,andThe Voyage of the Narwhal.Jamrach’s Menagerietells the story of a nineteenth-century street urchin named Jaffy Brown. Following an incident with an escaped tiger, Jaffy goes to work for Mr. Charles Jamrach, the famed importer of exotic animals, alongside Tim, a good but sometimes spitefully competitive boy. Thus begins a long, close friendship fraught with ambiguity and rivalry.Mr. Jamrach recruits the two boys to capture a fabled dragon during the course of a three-year whaling expedi­tion. Onboard, Jaffy and Tim enjoy the rough brotherhood of sailors and the brutal art of whale hunting. They even succeed in catching the reptilian beast.But when the ship’s whaling venture falls short of expecta­tions, the crew begins to regard the dragon—seething with feral power in its cage—as bad luck, a feeling that is cruelly reinforced when a violent storm sinks the ship.Drifting across an increasingly hallucinatory ocean, the sur­vivors, including Jaffy and Tim, are forced to confront their own place in the animal kingdom. Masterfully told, wildly atmospheric, and thundering with tension,Jamrach’s Mena­gerieis a truly haunting novel about friendship, sacrifice, and survival.From the Hardcover edition.

Carol Birch was born in 1951 in Manchester and went to Keele University. She has lived in London, southwest Ireland and now Lancaster. For her first novel, LIFE IN THE PALACE, she won the 1988 David Higham Award for the Best First Novel of the Year. In 1991 she won the prestigious Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize with THE FOG LINE.

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