Ahab's Return

Ahab's Return

Or, The Last Voyage

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"A bold and intriguing fabulist novel that reimagines two of the most legendary characters in American literature--Captain Ahab and Ishmael of Herman Melville's Moby-Dick--from the critically acclaimed Edgar and World Fantasy award-winning author of The Girl in the Glass and The Shadow Year. At the end of a long journey, Captain Ahab returns to the mainland to confront the true author of the novel Moby-Dick, his former shipmate, Ishmael. For Ahab was not pulled into the ocean's depths by a harpoon line, and the greatly exaggerated rumors of his untimely death have caused him grievous harm--after hearing about Ahab's demise, his wife and child left Nantucket for New York, and now Ahab is on a desperate quest to find them. Ahab's pursuit leads him to The Gorgon's Mirror, the sensationalist tabloid newspaper that employed Ishmael as a copy editor while he wrote the harrowing story of the ill-fated Pequod. In the penny press's office, Ahab meets George Harrow, who makes a deal with the captain: the newspaperman will help Ahab navigate the city in exchange for the exclusive story of his salvation from the mouth of the great white whale. But their investigation--like Ahab's own story--will take unexpected, dangerous, and ultimately tragic turns. Told with wisdom, suspense, a modicum of dry humor and horror, and a vigorous stretching of the truth, Ahab's Return charts an inventive and intriguing voyage involving one of the most memorable characters in classic literature, and pays homage to one of the greatest novels ever written"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062679000
0062679007
9780062679017
0062679015
Characteristics: 259 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Last voyage

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Aug 31, 2018

When Captain Ahab suddenly walks into George Harrow's newspaper office and announces that, not only did he not die in pursuit of Moby-Dick, but he requires Harrow's assistance in locating his son, their adventures lead through New York's seedy 1850s underworld and reunite the reader with several familiar characters from the original classic.

I wanted to like this novel so badly as I have a soft spot for parallel/companion novels, but it was just too ... odd. It went off into directions of farcical zaniness and magical realism that I just couldn't find the energy to follow. In addition, there is a distinct lack of 19th-century feel to the entire novel. I have, however, awarded one additional star for the kick-ass women!

I received this ARC via LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program.

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