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SUMMARY The Rathbones

Poils of the huntMercy fifteen years old is the diminutive scion of the Rathbone clan Her father the last in the dynasty of New England whalers has been lost at sea for seven years ever since the last sperm whale was seen off the coast of Naiwayonk Connecticut Mercy's memories of her father and of the time before he left grow dimmer each day and she spends most of her time in the attic hideaway of her reclusive Uncle Mordecai who teaches her the secrets of Greek history and nav This is one of the best novels I've read in the past year it's part historical novel allegory fable family saga and fictional memoir It is Janice Clark's first book and she is a rare talent one I'll be watching Without giving too much away the story of The Rathbone family is set in the mid nineteenth century on the sea faring coast of Connecticut The males of the family are whalers the progeny of Moses Rathbone There are disturbing aspects to the family history but handled with a matter of fact non sensational prose The full weight of the secrets dawn slowly peeled back bit by bit from the shrouds of time and distance as if by the crow which flits and flies in and out of the story on and off the shoulder of Mercy our young heroine The crow serves as an allegorical device always there sometimes helpful and protective sometimes threatening but like the sea and whales mute testimony to the power and pull of heritage memory and destiny The book reminded me a bit of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern in the blending of reality and fantasy Which is which? Does it matter? Aren't all novels fantastical to one degree or another? Highly recommended a terrific book Perhaps I should mention that while Mercy the main protagonist of the story is a young girl this is not a book for youngsters ie the YA audience The Academy is the diminutive scion of the Rathbone clan Her father the last Full Dark, No Stars in the dynasty of New England whalers has been lost at sea for seven years ever since the last sperm whale was seen off the coast of Naiwayonk Connecticut Mercy's memories of her father and of the time before he left grow dimmer each day and she spends most of her time If Only Once (The Martelli Brothers, in the attic hideaway of her reclusive Uncle Mordecai who teaches her the secrets of Greek history and nav This 1000 sitios que ver en España al menos una vez en la vida is one of the best novels I've read La ética de la crueldad in the past year 3052 it's part historical novel allegory fable family saga and fictional memoir It Intégrale Gunnm Last Order Other Stories is Janice Clark's first book and she Mercator is a rare talent one I'll be watching Without giving too much away the story of The Rathbone family Pasos perdidos en Granada is set Suffering and no suffering in the mid nineteenth century on the sea faring coast of Connecticut The males of the family are whalers the progeny of Moses Rathbone There are disturbing aspects to the family history but handled with a matter of fact non sensational prose The full weight of the secrets dawn slowly peeled back bit by bit from the shrouds of time and distance as Can We Live 150 Years? if by the crow which flits and flies The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears in and out of the story on and off the shoulder of Mercy our young heroine The crow serves as an allegorical device always there sometimes helpful and protective sometimes threatening but like the sea and whales mute testimony to the power and pull of heritage memory and destiny The book reminded me a bit of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern Robs Shiny Dumptruck in the blending of reality and fantasy Which Business English is which? Does Roller Girl it matter? Aren't all novels fantastical to one degree or another? Highly recommended a terrific book Perhaps I should mention that while Mercy the main protagonist of the story Mama Glow is a young girl this Fire in the Sky is not a book for youngsters olga spessivtzeva ie the YA audience

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Igation through his collection of moldering books But when a strange violent visitor turns up one night on the widow's walk Mercy and Mordecai are forced to flee the house and set sail on a journey that will bring them deep into the haunted history of the Rathbone familyInspired by The Odyssey and infused with beautifully detailed descriptions of the realities of coastal and ship life reminiscent of Moby Dick Janice Clark's magnificent debut is a spellbinding literary adventure Such a great read The Rathbone's is an unusual and uniue tale It was like reading a classic it has a courageous heroine named Mercy a coming of age whaling dynasty heiress amid gorgeous language of ships and sea; descriptions so engaging and naturally vivid I was surprised to not find sea mist and fog and crows out my window Yet this novel also had a boldly strange twist that is hard to define some are calling David Lynch esue At times it had me looking up and around from my book wondering did I just read that right? With a promise of a nautical voyage and whale chasing I was not expecting a mystery like the one that unfolded The characters were complicated and rich and odd; they alone could have carried a story And the language was beautiful and intelligent I am sure there were many double meanings and references that I didn't catch Yet it was the mystery and its sordid details that kept me turning the pages sometimes too fast I think to pick up everything that was being put down for the reader Ni Un Jefe Más. Quiero tener mi negocio y ser mi propio jefe. Secretos para independizarse: Cómo un Emprendedor Exitoso. Cómo crear una empresa exitosa. Cómo emprender e iniciar un negocio rentable into the haunted history of the Rathbone familyInspired by The Odyssey and No Limits (No existen Límites cuando se cree en uno mismo) infused with beautifully detailed descriptions of the realities of coastal and ship life reminiscent of Moby Dick Janice Clark's magnificent debut Captain Wentworths Persuasion is a spellbinding literary adventure Such a great read The Rathbone's Canu Cynnar is an unusual and uniue tale It was like reading a classic La bondad de los extraños it has a courageous heroine named Mercy a coming of age whaling dynasty heiress amid gorgeous language of ships and sea; descriptions so engaging and naturally vivid I was surprised to not find sea mist and fog and crows out my window Yet this novel also had a boldly strange twist that Willy the Wizard is hard to define some are calling David Lynch esue At times Off-side it had me looking up and around from my book wondering did I just read that right? With a promise of a nautical voyage and whale chasing I was not expecting a mystery like the one that unfolded The characters were complicated and rich and odd; they alone could have carried a story And the language was beautiful and Esclava Medieval: La Sumisión retorcida en Placer por un Matrimonio de Conveniencia (Novela Romántica y Erótica en Español: Fantasía nº 1) (Spanish Edition) intelligent I am sure there were many double meanings and references that I didn't catch Yet Enséñame más it was the mystery and Wonder (The Books of Marvella, its sordid details that kept me turning the pages sometimes too fast I think to pick up everything that was being put down for the reader

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A literary adventure set in New England Janice Clark's gothic debut chronicles one hundred years of a once prosperous seafaring dynastyMoses the revered patriarch of the Rathbone family possessed an otherworldly instinct for spotting the whale But years of bad decisions by the heirs to his fortune have whittled his formerly robust family down to just one surviving member a young girl left to live in the broken down ancestral mansion that at one time had glowed golden with the s This may have been the weirdest book I have ever read And I've read a lot of really weird booksSome topics covered in this book whaling basic carpentry pickling techniues sperm whale anatomy inbreeding wife swapping kidnapping polygamyIt's just a multitude of creepiness yet I couldn't put it down It was completely surreal absolutely weird and at times than a bit icky and yet I really enjoyed it and was bummed that it stopped It follows the adventures of Mercy as she uncovers the secrets of her family the Rathbones in whaling and totally fictional New England And if you think your family has issues wow you never met the Rathbones They are like generational Jerry Springer episodes To start explaining the twistedness would be to lessen it's impact when you read it It's twisted Trust meAnd yet Mercy seems relatively normal compared to the twistedness that surrounds her And as a narrator she's sympathetic and you feel just like hugging her as she tries to make sense of who she is and where she comes from It's a great story and well told مريض الوهم in New England Janice Clark's gothic debut chronicles one hundred years of a once prosperous seafaring dynastyMoses the revered patriarch of the Rathbone family possessed an otherworldly The Hypochondriacs Guide To Life And Death instinct for spotting the whale But years of bad decisions by the heirs to his fortune have whittled his formerly robust family down to just one surviving member a young girl left to live ¡Arde Troya! (Las aventuras de Ogú, Mampato y Rena, in the broken down ancestral mansion that at one time had glowed golden with the s This may have been the weirdest book I have ever read And I've read a lot of really weird booksSome topics covered Doctor y campeón in this book whaling basic carpentry pickling techniues sperm whale anatomy La corruptrice inbreeding wife swapping kidnapping polygamyIt's just a multitude of creepiness yet I couldn't put Sweet for Her (Sweet Curves it down It was completely surreal absolutely weird and at times than a bit The Purpose-Guided Universe icky and yet I really enjoyed The Abel & Cole Veg Box Companion it and was bummed that The Academy it stopped It follows the adventures of Mercy as she uncovers the secrets of her family the Rathbones Full Dark, No Stars in whaling and totally fictional New England And If Only Once (The Martelli Brothers, if you think your family has 1000 sitios que ver en España al menos una vez en la vida issues wow you never met the Rathbones They are like generational Jerry Springer episodes To start explaining the twistedness would be to lessen La ética de la crueldad it's 3052 impact when you read Intégrale Gunnm Last Order Other Stories it It's twisted Trust meAnd yet Mercy seems relatively normal compared to the twistedness that surrounds her And as a narrator she's sympathetic and you feel just like hugging her as she tries to make sense of who she Mercator is and where she comes from It's a great story and well told


10 thoughts on “The Rathbones

  1. says:

    This may have been the weirdest book I have ever read And I've read a lot of really weird booksSome topics covered in this book whaling basic carpentry pickling techniues sperm whale anatomy inbreeding wife swapping kidnapping polygamyIt's just a multitude of creepiness yet I couldn't put it down It was completely surreal absolutely weird and at times than a bit icky and yet I really enjoyed it and was bummed that it stopped It follows the adventures of Mercy as she uncovers the secrets of her family the Rathbones in whaling and totally fictional New England And if you think your family has issues wow you never met the Rathbones They are like generational Jerry Springer episodes To start explaining the twistedness would be to lessen it's impact when you read it It's twisted Trust meAnd yet Mercy seems relatively normal compared to the twistedness that surrounds her And as a narrator she's sympathetic and you feel just like hugging her as she tries to make sense of who she is and where she comes from It's a great story and well told


  2. says:

    So An interesting and incredibly juicy premise of a whaling family wholly populated by and due to incest an adventure that span multiple islands with old enigmatic people working at looms crazy old people filling their house with beauty because they themselves have none a Penelope like woman supposedly waiting for a husband that left 10 years ago following the whales a Charles Darwin type naturalist who has spent his entire life in a dark attic a number of women blessed with extraordinary beauty but who bring ill luck a sinking island a Circe like woman who spends her life in a cave luring people and incest You'd think this is enough to make a cracker of a book It's not It's just an extremely wordy and tedious book that chronicles the fate of a family I'd rather they were dead and gone than the whales It's true that it's a glorification of a way of life that I cannot sympathize with even if it didn't have incest in it The well being of a family profiting on the slaughter of countless whales even if this is historical fiction isn't something I feel keenly about Add to that wholly unlikable characters a main character whose main uality seems to be collating and narrating the facts of her family without giving it any color of her own a messy mixture of myths and fantasies and you have a pointless book that took me ages to get through It really only took me two days but it felt like an eternity Every single element in it is normally exactly what I would swallow up without uestion Even the whale killing which I don't agree with I can take in a well written story But this book wasn't for me 2 stars


  3. says:

    From The Millions articleThe Rathbones by Janice Clark The Rathbones is the most sui generis debut you’re likely to encounter this year Think Moby Dick directed by David Lynch from a screenplay by Gabriel Garcia Maruezwith Charles Addams doing the set design and The Decembrists supplying the chanteys Initially the story of the last surviving member of an eccentric 19th Century whaling dynasty it becomes the story of that dynasty itself I should also say that this was the single most exciting thing I read in manuscript in graduate school where the author and I studied together Clark writes a beautiful prose line and the story like the ocean get deeper richer and stranger the farther out you goYou had me at David LynchAfter reading the book I'm leaving that description from The Millions article above because while I may not fully agree with the relationships made I absolutely love it It's no secret that I love David Lynch than just about anything else in the world and the only thing in that description that I'm lukewarm on is Moby Dick which didn't do it for me But I want to have loved it SoThis book is charming and disarming uite imaginative and expressive It's than a coming of age novel than a whaling epic It's a modern funny considering most of the book takes place in the 18th and 19th centuries retelling of the Odyssey at times another love of mine It's almost like Clark reached into my head and picked out little things I have an interest in and then wrote a story around themThe storytelling is hypnotic at times and than once I felt an ebb and flow in Clark's words mimicking the tide Writing is a craft and that is evident in this book Dark surreal hopeful historical adventurousI loved itIt's just uirky enough to be what I needed to read right now It's not perfect but nothing is Growing up is certainly not perfect and that's something from the book that resonated with me right now The memories we have are often faulty and mistaken and the process of growing up reuires that we reevaluate those mistakes and see the past for what it really is and the people in our past for what they really are sometimes we realize we were wrong and were blaming someone for something unfairly; sometimes granted it goes the other way too where we kept someone on a pedestal for entirely too long when the adored didn't deserve itIn this sense this book was somewhat heartbreaking for me to read right now But that's what life is one heartbreaking moment after another Either it breaks us or we grow from it That's just how it goesI had looked into the distance so long that I hadn't seen what was near at hand If we don't cherish those who stay near what do we have? Only longing Longing which we grow to love because it's all we havep 348


  4. says:

    2 stars Meh Just okHave you ever ordered something from a restaurant and when the waiter sets down your dish you instantly knew they had served the wrong entree? And then when you tell the surly waiter No I ordered XYZ they replied but that IS XYZ Yeah this book was like thatI was expecting historical fiction with a touch of magical realism and while those ingredients are present it also ended up being an incredibly creepy sometimes strange but most of the time boring bookand that's creepy in a pervish way not in a scary way One scene in particular was so repulsive that it completely threw me off guard I would expect something like that from a horror novel which I despite being an extremely eclectic reader almost always avoid but NOT from a historical fiction novel view spoilerThe scene was when the main character hides while watching her parents having sex sex that during which her mother dies and her father keeps having sex with her now dead mom If that's not disturbing enough when the father finally concludes his sexual escapade he instantly looks at the main character because he knew she was in the room the whole time hide spoiler


  5. says:

    The night I finished reading The Rathbones I dreamed of water and ruin I woke up this morning and had to remind myself that I'm in Kansas not near the ocean and nowhere in the vicinity of a ship or a widow's walk Imagery of water weirdness and whales flows through every page of The Rathbones Janice Clark's art and design background makes it easy to visualize every detail in this weathered and somewhat scary world by the Atlantic She is excellent at describing fabrics clothing architecture environment furnishings I felt brined and excited to touch the ropes the anchors the sunbeaten boards of the deck Clark is also gifted in important details like the characters' names Mercy Mordecai Verity Hepzibah Amaziah Euphemia and in doing so she makes sure the reader is submerged in this saltwatery New England seacoast These are the strengths of the book Motivation empathy laws of physics these are the weaknesses of the book Although it's written in first person mostly I wasn't able to get inside Mercy's head at all She's detached robotic and uite hard to empathize with She is being chased through much of the book and although she is on the run for months doesn't seem to care At one point she has just been yelled at told to leave and is being assaulted with heavy objects thrown at her She runs through the hall briefly to escape then slips into the library to make commentary on the shape and content of the books there She narrates her tale with a neutral glassy eye making no emotional commentary even as she watches her mother die while having sexual intercourse with her father who then repeatedly rams himself into the lifeless body awkward Mercy is the heroine of the tale but not easy to relate to or to like I had a hard time getting through certain parts of the book because I never got to see her as human so therefore I didn't really care what happened to her Although I felt myself wholly engaged in the physical sights and textures of this world I had a hard time figuring out its actual 'rules of physics' Mercy's crows could pick her up and fly her places but she hides in a trunk with them and crushes and kills one even though we are told repeatedly how tiny and light she is there's no suawking no show of strength from this bird? A wooden oar is tossed onto a rock and shatters? While a rowboat is sinking a man uses a powdery substance to plug the hole? The scholar tries to tie his long hair back and accidentally knots himself to a ship's rigging? Mercy knows anatomy so well that she can assemble a human skeleton in the dark who is only missing one bone the left ring finger? I struggled with cartoons like these I loved the ambition of this novel and the promise of an epic adventure centering on a brave young girl I would recommend it for a second reading and I might go back and do that because it was hard to keep the plot straight for me this first time around Although it wasn't perfect I enjoyed my time in the islands reading waterlogged ledgers and feeling the spray of great whales swimming below the surface


  6. says:

    This is one of the best novels I've read in the past year it's part historical novel allegory fable family saga and fictional memoir It is Janice Clark's first book and she is a rare talent one I'll be watching Without giving too much away the story of The Rathbone family is set in the mid nineteenth century on the sea faring coast of Connecticut The males of the family are whalers the progeny of Moses Rathbone There are disturbing aspects to the family history but handled with a matter of fact non sensational prose The full weight of the secrets dawn slowly peeled back bit by bit from the shrouds of time and distance as if by the crow which flits and flies in and out of the story on and off the shoulder of Mercy our young heroine The crow serves as an allegorical device always there sometimes helpful and protective sometimes threatening but like the sea and whales mute testimony to the power and pull of heritage memory and destiny The book reminded me a bit of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern in the blending of reality and fantasy Which is which? Does it matter? Aren't all novels fantastical to one degree or another? Highly recommended a terrific book Perhaps I should mention that while Mercy the main protagonist of the story is a young girl this is not a book for youngsters ie the YA audience


  7. says:

    Such a great read The Rathbone's is an unusual and uniue tale It was like reading a classic it has a courageous heroine named Mercy a coming of age whaling dynasty heiress amid gorgeous language of ships and sea; descriptions so engaging and naturally vivid I was surprised to not find sea mist and fog and crows out my window Yet this novel also had a boldly strange twist that is hard to define some are calling David Lynch esue At times it had me looking up and around from my book wondering did I just read that right? With a promise of a nautical voyage and whale chasing I was not expecting a mystery like the one that unfolded The characters were complicated and rich and odd; they alone could have carried a story And the language was beautiful and intelligent I am sure there were many double meanings and references that I didn't catch Yet it was the mystery and its sordid details that kept me turning the pages sometimes too fast I think to pick up everything that was being put down for the reader


  8. says:

    In its basic concepts the book comes down to a story about the Rathbones a whaling family their wives and descendants It covers about 100 years from the mid 1700’s to the mid 1800”s The book is narrated by Mercy Rathbone as she and Mordechai Rathbone whom we meet as her cousin and tutor search for her father and brother who had disappeared years ago We discover the history of the family side by side with them basically by piecing together journals logs conversations and interviews that create a family tree The search takes them far and wide to places like Mouse Island where they discover great great aunts they didn’t know existed to a sinking island and a cave with a strange woman who communicates with the birds on her island The history concentrates on the heirs of Moses Moses was actually found orphaned adrift in a barrel in the sea by Aaron Rathbone and the barrel theme recurs as does the theme of crows although the reason is obscure for most of the book The Rathbone men chiefly led by Moses basically attracted women and brought them home to bear male children to work on the whaling ships After the women ended their child bearing years they were exiled to Mouse Island where they lived together Oddly they seemed content with this arrangementIn their uest Mercy and Mordechai are introduced to relatives they did not know existed and they learn about extraordinary events and family secrets However the story seems to bounce around in time and place between their current time and the past that they learn about There seems to be no clear division of time or place so that sometimes I wasn’t sure exactly when the character being discussed changed with another taking center stage in another time and place Perhaps the track of the time would be clearer in the written book form; perhaps there is a family tree actually drawn in for reference and a map included which traces their travels and then perhaps not I listened to the audio book and although there were several readers the rare alternate voices were not that uniue to the characters as in some audio books where the reader instantly knows who is speaking; for instance both Mordechai and the ship’s captain speak in the same manner Too many revelations and too many fabrications cropped up that later were reversed and I began to lose interest in the story By the time the truth was revealed the route was so circuitous that I had tired of it and had no interest in discovering it nor could I remember the trail leading the way or even why it was important In addition the use of marine language about the whaling industry and the sea was beyond me and it was not elucidated This problem might be better addressed in the printed book so that the reader could make notes look up information and then look back at the page to clear up any confusing terminologyThe allusions to magic and fantasy and hints at the supernatural with Mercy’s gifted eyesight and perhaps her second sight and crows that could lift her and defend her were not that engagingThere were too many characters and which wife was married to what brother and which child belonged to which wife held no charm for me Although it was very imaginative and creative at times I couldn’t tell if I was reading something referencing the Greek myths or the Bible with the baby rescued from the sea by Aaron or the Puritans with names like Patience Verity and Constance There were many allusions to the myths with insinuations of sirens singing in the night women in caves and a ship named Argo with the Stark sisters who became the wives of the brothers and were called the Golden Girls and were blamed for the downfall of the family I know I am bucking the tide because most readers really liked the book but in the end it all seemed a bit incoherent to me with the thoughts racing against each other in time line and theme


  9. says:

    I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads I really wanted to like it but I couldn't find anything to care about in the characters or the story The mix of history and fantasy just didn't work It seemed lifeless and contrived Having said that I know I'm a minority opinion so it could be your cup of tea


  10. says:

    After completing this book I felt I had just stepped off that Mr Toad ride at Disneyland Funky and freaky Gothic and nautical Suirmy and psychedelic Hit me with your rhythm stickUsing the travels of Odysseus as her broomstick Janice Clark has created a gothic seaboard world of dubious ancestral ties and longings not fully understood by the story's young heroine Saltwater may just as well be swishing on the paper because the sea is everywhere pulling the characters and the reader back to the clam shells from which we all were born Islands appear and then disappear families trade physical beauty for ancient Egyptian table settings and the tale of Moses Mercy and Mordecai weave a spell that is hard to break a glance at Roderick's sistershowed me that the ugliness had only been lying in wait like an eel in its caveMelville Poe Lovecraft even Washington Irving are influences here and I loved it Surely there are intelligent readers who can assign some between the lines reading but I simply enjoyed the adventure and the uh weirdness Old worn former wives who live on an offshore island Young golden boys whose eye sockets flood with the colour of the green of the Atlantic Whales who willingly sacrifice themselves to saner Ahabs C'est fantastiue Hit me Hit meBook Season Autumn East Coast specialty