‘The North Water’ by Ian McGuire – A Book Review

Don’t worry, no spoilers here.

I recently read this book after seeing it reviewed on that Book Club show on ABC. It seemed like my kind of book.

It was just as gory and gruesome as the book clubbers made it out to be. Quite disturbing at times. So I would recommend you refrain from eating or drinking a good hour before, during and possibly after reading. Apart from the disgusting imagery, what appealed to me was being reminded about the way an author can comment, quite poignantly, about current human fads and fancies. 

Forget self help books and those ‘reality’ shows, reading a good book like this can impart useful knowledge about the human condition. While making your own life seem fantastic compared to those men trapped on the whaling ship with a man who defines insanity on a whole other level. So (re)discover reading today. Ok, that was a bit lame…


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