The Greenlander - Mark AdlardThe Leisure Circle, 1978, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper slightly ruffled at the edges, a little faded at the top edge. Spine and top edge of boards slightly faded. Pages very gently age-tanned.
From the cover: “Every year the whalers go to the Northern Fishery; and the latest addition to the fleet is the William Scoresby Senior, built of Yorkshire oak and the pride of Fishburn and Brodrick’s yard. Arthur Storm was going as an apprentice on a voyage that would test not only him but also the speculative Captain Stapleton, the dandified First Mate, the tough harpooners, the junior officer with implicit faith in his jet cross, and every other man in the crew. These men, and thousands of others, sailed away to the greatest catastrophe that had ever visited the northern whaling grounds. Perhaps some of them guessed that they were living through — or succumbing to — the death throes of an entire way of life. While they were being crushed by the forces of nature, a new race of Northumbrian enginemen was harnessing equally powerful forces to usher in another world. Arthur Storm grows to manhood all too abruptly. But he will never forget the harpoon and the descending tail, the shark’s mouth and the surgeon’s knife; and he will always remember Blackie, she who had eyes as dark as tarred rope and who was known to every whaler that docked in Shetland.
The Greenlander — the first volume in an ambitious series — is an extraordinary achievement. It essays the grandest themes and recaptures the drama and breadth of the later Victorian novel at its best. The excitement of the action, with episodes that horrify and exhilarate, does not quite disguise a view of change and time that is peculiarly modern. Mark Adlard has evoked a heroic epoch, which even as it dies is still able to transmit something of its spirit to the coming age that is about to destroy it.”