The New World

The New World

A Novel

Book - 2014
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The breathtaking new novel about unexpected adventure from Andrew Motion, internationally acclaimed author of Silver .
Washed ashore after a harrowing shipwreck, English seafarers Jim and Natty find themselves stranded on the Gulf Coast in Texas. Their ship, the Nightingale, has been destroyed, and to Jim and Natty's horror, only one other survivor remains. But the shocked and grief-stricken duo soon realizes they're not all alone on the beach. When a band of Native Americans approaches the shore in a threatening fury, they brutally kill Jim and Natty's last shipmate, rob their dead crew and take the two desperate survivors hostage.
Suddenly, Jim and Natty are thrust into an Old West adventure unlike anything they've ever experienced. Starting with a desperate escape from a violent Chief, who obsessively keeps close on their trail, they join up with a troupe of entertainers who take them to a thriving and dangerous New Orleans, and finally, head back to the high seas where Jim and Natty hope to seek passage home.
In magnificent, free-wheeling prose and in a high-flying style, Andrew Motion has spun a fantastic yarn that will win the hearts of adventure lovers everywhere.
Publisher: Toronto :, Doubleday Canada,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780385682688
Characteristics: xii, 356 pages ; 24 cm


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Sep 09, 2015

The New World is the sequel to Silver, the continuation of Treasure Island. And I'm conflicted about it.

On the one hand, it was an action/adventure much the same as Silver, with historical basis and the inclusion of a lot of First Nations presence.

On the other hand, the characters are esoteric and distant, and difficult to care about. Natty is so mercurial and kept throwing out little tidbits like "If you don't know it, Jim, you never will." I re-read passages trying to see whatever the undercurrent was that I missed, but it's just...nothing. She's vague and odd and it's never explained. And that bothered the heck out of me. Also, Jim is prone to narrative-interrupting daydreaming in which he's actually prescient. Which is odd.

Also, the story just never ended. That was charming at first, in an Odysseus kind of way. But by the end of the book, it was just annoying and felt too commercialized.

I can only recommend this to people who really loved Silver. Unless your thing is super mysterious characters and zero closure.

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