Minds of Winter

Minds of Winter

Book - 2017
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Fay Morgan and Nelson Nilsson have each arrived in Inuvik, Canada, about 120 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Both are in search of answers about a family member: Nelson for his estranged older brother, and Fay for her vanished grandfather. Driving Fay into town from the airport on a freezing January night, Nelson reveals a folder left behind by his brother. An image catches Fay's eye: a clock she has seen before. Soon Fay and Nelson realize that their relatives have an extraordinary and historic connection -- a secret share in one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of polar expedition. This is the riddle of the "Arnold 294" chronometer, which reappeared in Britain more than a hundred years after it was lost in the Arctic with the ships and men of Sir John Franklin's Northwest Passage expedition. The secret history of this elusive timepiece, Fay and Nelson will discover, ties them and their families to a journey that echoes across two centuries.
Publisher: [Toronto] :, Anansi,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781487002343
Branch Call Number: FICTION OLO
Characteristics: 480 pages : maps ; 23 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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