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Inukshuk Paperback – June 19, 2012
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An elaborate tale of family and the paths people take to understanding.” Seattle Times
[This] mix of well-researched history and contemporary fiction makes for a fine, sad read.” Minneapolis Star Tribune
Hauntingly honest and emotionally resonant.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Intimate and meditative . . . A thoughtful and sympathetic look at the sometimes troubled relationship between fathers and sons.” Booklist
A mesmerizing story of a father and a son.” Largehearted Boy
Thomas, bullied at school, confused by love (with a delightfully original girl), pining for his mother, and distrustful of his father, takes control of the only thing he canhis physical survival. . . . A frozen lullaby . . . written for teens left behind.” Bookslut
Inukshuk better communicates darkness and distress than any S.O.S. signal. . . . We can’t help but oscillate between feeling empathy and agony for this family as we are absorbed by Spatz’s cold, gripping tale.” ZYZZYVA
This enthralling, tense book should lure not only fans of extreme weather novels but also those who admire a good, traditional structure and a satisfying and meaningful resolution.” NewPages
Entertaining and much recommended.” Midwest Book Review
Inukshuk is a feat of empathy and honesty, a taut tale of fear and resentment and other threats from within, meticulously observed and fearlessly rendered in vivid, authoritative, gripping prose. It’s a virtuoso performance.” DOUG DORST, author of Alive in Necropolis and The Surf Guru
Gregory Spatz’s prose is as clean and sparkling as a new fall of snow.” JANET FITCH, author of White Oleander and Paint it Black
At its heart Inukshuk is about family. But Spatz has transfigured this beautifully told, wise story with history and myth, poetry and magic into something rarer, stranger and altogether amazing. A book that points unerringly true north.” KAREN JOY FOWLER, author of The Jane Austen Book Club and Wit’s End
One of the most innovative and unusual fictional incarnations I’ve ever read of the persistent allure of Sir John Franklin’s final, fatal Arctic voyage. It’s a remarkable accomplishment.” RUSSELL POTTER, author of Arctic Spectacles
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Fifteen year-old Thomas Franklin is convinced that he is a distant relative of Sir John Franklin and desperately tries to recreate the horrific conditions of the miserable failure that was to be Sir John Franklin's last expedition.
Spatz skillfully takes us into the dysfuntional life of Thomas, his mother gone on Artic research of her own, a move to a remote northern town is Canada, his father distant, hurt and confused, and Thomas' inability to "fit" into the social structure of those around him.
The idea of running the two situations side by side makes for a great story. As a writer Spatz brings his characters to life. Reading this book was not only a history lesson, it recreates the misery of being a confused adolescent who has no where to turn.
The story is not all doom and gloom. Thomas matures, as we all do, eventually, but in the book "Inukshuk" (you will find out what the title means...promise !) Gregory Spatz by comparing the dire mission of John Franklin with Thomas' struggles, touches on what it means to be young and feel alone and "different".
Couple wonderful writing with a great story and one does not hesitate to recommend a book. Inukshuk qualifies on both accounts. Would make for a great discussion ! Read this and enjoy !
While the latter day John Franklin's story is really not interesting enough to capture and hold one's attention the book comes alive as it follows Thomas's retreat into his own mind as he tries to make a movie about the earlier Franklin's quest. He keeps greatly detailed notebooks full of drawings and story ideas, which become increasingly indistinguishable from reality as his own quest to understand more fully the sufferings of the Franklin crew leads to self induced scurvy and hallucinations.
Equally compelling is the story of Edmund Hoar descent from relative health and hope into scurvy, starvation, cannibalism and finally acceptance, resignation and sustenance for his remaining crew mates.
While the novel is bleak at times it ends on a hopeful note, recommended, but not for the faint of heart as the Hoar passages, in particular, are somewhat harrowing.