I was lucky enough to win this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It’s difficult to really give my opinion on this book because I can’t decide if I liked it or not. So maybe a list would help:
Things I liked:
-The book is set in, and describes the exploration of, Alaska. Previous to reading this, I didn’t know too much about this part of the world.
-The book is wonderfully written. Although tending towards over-description of nature sometimes, you cannot fault Eowyn Ivey for her talent.
-Multiple narrators is always a plus for me, however…….
Things I didn’t like:
-Possibly too many narrators. The main characters, Allen and Sophie, do the bulk of the storytelling with their journal entries. There are however letters exchanged between two modern-day characters, streams of consciousness from another explorer as well as excerpts from newspapers and other reports. Some of these were fascinating, but I felt it was just a bit too patchy.
-I found Sophie’s story pretty dull. I like the fact that she was strong minded in following her interests and not pandering to the chattering classes. The photographic and bird descriptions were tedious for me.
Overall I would neither recommend this book nor deter anyone from reading it. I learned quite a bit, which I always appreciate; and the quality of writing made up for the fact that I wasn’t always interested in the story.