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To the Edge of the World Paperback – May 24, 2007

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...fascinating...Like O Brian, Thompson gives us an entertaining grab bag of minor characters...This is good stuff indeed. --Washington Post

About the Author

To the Edge of the World, originally published in the U.K. as This Thing of Darkness, was Harry Thompson s first novel. In 2005, it was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and short-listed for the Pendleton First Novel Award. Thompson died in November 2005 after a battle with cancer.

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Product Details

  • Series: To the Edge of the World (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 263 pages
  • Publisher: Lawson Library (May 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596922257
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596922259
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,826,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Darcy on August 27, 2010
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I am a fan of the Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian, so I thought this book might be of interest as well. Unfortunately it is not nearly as good as the O'Brian series, and I had to struggle to read half the book, and finally gave up. I believe this was the author's first novel, and it shows. The book did not evoke its era as perfectly as O'Brian was able to do, and the characterizations are flat and somewhat one-dimensional, despite being drawn from real people. They lack the vivid quality of O'Brian's work. Although I find the voyage of the Beagle a fascinating subject, this book did not fascinate or bring that era to life.
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