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Fans of Barrett's earlier books (the sublime Ship Fever and Voyage of the Narwhal) will delight in tracing the stories and characters that wind in and out of these three books, producing the sense of something lovely, ongoing, and whole. In the final story, Elizabeth finds consolation in her work caring for tubercular patients--"as if, in the order and precarious harmony of this house and those it shelters she might, for all that gets lost in this life, at last have found a cure." The same might be said of science, and of Barrett's art. --Mary Park --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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If you plan to read only one book by Andrea Barrett, let it be this one.
Yet the strongest statement the book makes, including the contemporary stories, is the almost invisible thread that binds the characters to each other and to history.
This collection of short stories has all the characteristics that placed Ship Fever and Voyage of the Narwhale among the most accomplished fictions of our time.
This is a special book of six short stories (with one of them approaching novella-hood). The stories all feature people engaged in the pursuit of science in one form or another,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by R. M. Peterson
As described, arrived quickly, love the paperback format. I like historical fiction and this fits the bill. It is perfect.Published 10 months ago by Tumarsh
I've not read anything else by Andrea Barrett. Other reviewers make references to other of her books that from the descriptions given I may not like. Read morePublished on May 17, 2011 by hal96a
I thought that I would like this book of short stories better than I did. The subject matter, natural history, is one of great interest to me, however I found the stories a bit... Read morePublished on June 17, 2009 by Jennifer Osterman
If you plan to read only one book by Andrea Barrett, let it be this one. Most of the main characters in these stories are related by blood or marriage to those in some of her other... Read morePublished on January 17, 2008 by Julee Rudolf
I had read the description and thought it sounded interesting; upon reading it I am transported into a wonderful place of serene adoration of this book. Read morePublished on January 4, 2008 by Karina Montgomery
I enjoyed the "Narwhal". That led me to believe I might have a good book here. I began reading and found a very sick image of male sexuality. Read morePublished on July 27, 2006 by John Patton
SERVANTS OF THE MAP is a unique collection of short stories by the redoubtable Andrea Barrett. While most of us felt she needed the space and stretched-canvas-epic-form to weave... Read morePublished on June 24, 2003 by Grady Harp
No doubt, these finely crafted, interwoven stories will delight many readers, but.... If you're considering this collection because you loved the adventure and danger of Voyage of... Read morePublished on May 8, 2003