Minds of Winter

Minds of Winter

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"In a journey shrouded in mystery and intrigue, Sir John Franklin's 1845 campaign in search of the Northwest Passage ended in tragedy. All 129 men were lost to the ice, and nothing from the expedition was retrieved, including two rare and valuable Greenwich chronometers. When one of the chronometers appears a century and a half later in London, in pristine condition and crudely disguised as a Victorian carriage clock, new questions arise about what really happened on that expedition--and the fates of the men involved. When Nelson Nilsson, an aimless drifter from Alberta, finds himself in Canada's Northern Territories in search of his brother, he meets Fay Morgan by chance. Fay has just arrived from London, hoping to find answers to her burning questions about her past. When they discover that their questions about their pasts and present are inextricably linked, the two will become unlikely partners as they unravel a mystery that traverses continents and centuries. In a narrative that crosses time and space, O'Loughlin delves deep into the history of Franklin's expedition through the eyes of the explorers themselves, addressing questions that have intrigued historians and readers for centuries. What motivated these men to strike out on dangerous campaigns in search of the unknown? What was at stake for them, and for those they left behind? And when things went wrong--things that couldn't be shared--what would they do to protect themselves and their discoveries?"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Quercus, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781681442457
Characteristics: 497 pages : maps ; 24 cm


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SCL_Tricia Mar 19, 2019

I was fascinated with the tales of exploration and adventure. I felt like this was a rough draft. The individual stories and chapters would make sense but then the reader is thrown back into the melee without any transition or inclination as to how the stories are related. I keep reading because I did like the history presented in a fictional way but I felt this could have used a bit more attention to become a book I loved.

Jul 11, 2018

I enjoyed this book and the wild goose chase of mystery interstiched with history. I found myself asking questions about what was true and what was not, what mysteries were real and which made up. I found myself engrossed in the story from start to end and playing into the conspiracy aspects. Mysteries bound together by shared locations and lives touching each other.

Apr 01, 2018

While I cannot and do not want to dispute that this is a very well written story, that is is a fascinating subject and that I love so much of it is about the Canadian north, what I didn't like was the length, the unresolved mystery and the modern day part of the story.

ontherideau Jan 10, 2018

Minds of Winter has lots of potential, many fascinating stories, but I felt I couldn't absorb any one as they ended and picked up again. The ending was a door shut in my face.

Jul 08, 2017

I really wanted to like this novel, but it turned into a slog through interesting but largely irrelevant historical events that end up contributing little to the narrative arc of the supposedly central characters. The ending is perhaps meant to be surprising, but like so much that precedes it, is irrelevant and leaves the reader as cold as the frozen artic in which it occurs.

Jun 01, 2017

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Minds of Winter is an ambitious novel that chronicles the effects of the disappearance of the notorious Franklin Expedition above the Arctic circle. It begins from the expedition’s inception in Van Diemen’s Land in 1841 and continues to affect polar explorers right through to present day Inuvik, North West Territories.

It’s quite a feat to cover nearly 200 years of history in a coherent and entertaining way, which is why author Ed O’Loughlin chose to sprinkle the narrative surrounding Franklin’s disappearance in between chapters regarding the protagonists, Nelson Nilsson and Fay Morgan, who are both in search of something for themselves.


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Jul 11, 2018

"May I just say again how fascinated I was by your theory, which is quite enchanting. Let us hope that the mathematicians and physicists are correct, and that a universe exists where it is also the correct one"

Feb 12, 2017

Maybe stories converge at the poles. Like the lines on the map.


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Jul 11, 2018

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