Ship Fever: Stories
The elegant short fictions gathered hereabout the love of science and the science of love are often set against the backdrop of the nineteenth century. Interweaving historical and fictional characters, they encompass both past and present as they negotiate the complex territory of ambition, failure, achievement, and shattered dre...more
Science and history come alive in the fictional story Barrett weaves around the true facts! Here one sees the advantage...more
I wanted so much for the vignettes to be connected by something more than the myriad ways in which good people fail as scientists. The themes seemed to be inappropriate love, gender discrimination, hubris, lack of inspiration, demanding families, etc, ad nauseam. For me, it was immensely depressing. She may have meant to humanize scie...more
Perhaps what I admire most is Barrett's subjects: science stuff, not normally intriguing to the English geek. Yet, Barrett obviously has a deep interest in science and so writes about the people behind the t...more
I'll definitely read Andrea Barrett again....more
There was so much hype about Olive Kitteredge - especially as a form - Ship Fever precedes Olive and it seems like Olive imitated it in significant ways.
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The Littoral Zone. Have to love the title of that story! Great story about a love affair.
Just finished The English Pupil. Beautiful story about a scholar at the end of his life.
Finished first story: The Behavior of the Hawkweeds. Really liked it.
I didn't love The Marburg Sisters story but I did like the voic...more
The biggest thing I...more
"Rare Bird" is a perfectly constructed narrative describing a scientifically-minded woman's search to be taken seriously by her eighteenth century male colleagues. When she meets another woman who shares her interests they conduct expe...more
The finest of the stories, however, is "Ship Fever". This historical novelette is stunning. Although some of the characters are fictitious, some are historical figures. The story is set in Quebec and the Grosse Isle quarantine station where tens of thousands of impover...more
I liked the...more
The story of the title was the last one in the book, so you begin with the other very short stories first, some of which are only 10 pages long. Ship Feve...more
A fellow bus-rider lent me this book to break up the non-fiction I wasn't getting through in my reading (slow reading? non-reading?) of Democracy in America. I tore through it in a couple of days; really couldn't put it down!
Author Andrea Barrett includes several short stories in this volume, all with a historical, naturalist/science bend to them. Whether we discover a connection with Mendel or Linnaeus or ponder the same mysteries they did, we get inserted into their lives in an interesting wa...more
In early 1847, the young Quebec city doctor, Lauchlin Grant, struggles to extract a living from his boring practice and pines over his childhood sweetheart, Susannah. She is now the wife of a prominent journalist, Arthur Adam Rowley, who has charged Lauchlin with her care, while he travels in Europe to report on the ghastly potato famine in Ireland and his predictions for its effects on immigration.
Even as Rowley's letters are read at home, waves of starving Irish land at Grosse Ile in the St....more
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|Get Your Shorts i...: The Marburg Sisters (Spoilers)||1||5||Sep 04, 2013 12:46PM|
|Get Your Shorts i...: Birds with No Feet (Spoilers)||1||2||Sep 04, 2013 12:44PM|
|Get Your Shorts i...: Soroche (Spoilers)||1||2||Sep 04, 2013 12:42PM|
|Get Your Shorts i...: Rare Bird (Spoilers)||1||3||Sep 04, 2013 12:41PM|
|Get Your Shorts i...: The Littoral Zone (Spoilers)||1||1||Sep 04, 2013 12:40PM|
|Get Your Shorts i...: The English Pupil (Spoilers)||1||1||Sep 04, 2013 12:39PM|
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