A Novel

Book - 2003 | University of Chicago Press ed.
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A gripping tale of men struggling against nature and themselves, Williwaw was Gore Vidal's first novel, written at nineteen when he was first mate of the U.S. Army freight supply ship stationed in the Aleutian Islands. Here he writes of a ship caught plying the lethal, frigid Arctic waters during storm season. Tensions run high among the edgy crew and uneasy passengers even before the cruel wind that gives the book its title suddenly sweeps down from the mountains. Vividly drawn characters and a compelling murder plot combine to make Williwaw a classic war novel.
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2003.
Edition: University of Chicago Press ed.
ISBN: 9780226855851
Branch Call Number: FIC VIDAL
Characteristics: 222 p. ; 21 cm.


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Aug 05, 2017

A straightforward story set in an unusual place, but not that compelling. Nothing much happens for the first half except inane conversations between bored men who don't see much action in the frozen islands off Alaska (probably true to life when various men are thrown together and have nothing in common except their life on board). Interest mounts as the ship at sea is hit with a storm. It ends rather abruptly, though, and can't really be described as a war story.


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