Minds of Winter by Ed O'loughlinMinds of Winter by Ed O'loughlin

Minds of Winter

byEd O'loughlin

Paperback | February 4, 2017

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Longlisted for the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize

Longlisted for the 2017 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction

It begins with a chance encounter at the top of the world.

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.

In a feat of extraordinary scope and ambition, Ed O'Loughlin moves between a frozen present and an ever thawing past. Minds of Winter is a novel about ice and time and their ability to preserve or destroy, of mortality and loss and our dreams of transcending them.

Ed O'Loughlin is an Irish Canadian author and journalist. His first novel, Not Untrue and Not Unkind, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2009 and shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award. His second novel, Toploader, was published in 2011. House of Anansi published his third novel, Minds of Winter, in spring of 2017,...
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Title:Minds of WinterFormat:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.11 inPublished:February 4, 2017Publisher:House Of Anansi Press IncLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from interesting makes you think - I liked it
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Reads like a textbook For polar exploration enthusiasts, this book is probably great. Personally, I thought the topic was interesting but the book was hard to get through. Minds of Winter touches on multiple journeys to both the north and south poles, and northern Canada. Wrapped in the frame of two modern-day strangers trying to piece things together, all other characters are brought in for a chapter or two then never seen again. There are so many names and places I couldn't keep track of them all. Maybe if I was already familiar with the famous arctic explorers I would have gotten a lot more out of this, but as it is I think I missed half the nuances and was left feeling unsatisfied.
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic Journey with Stellar Writing Throughout Prepare yourself for an epic journey when you crack the cover of Ed O’Loughlin’s “Minds of Winter”. It is a novel of extraordinary scope, spanning the period of 1848 to 1941, in the search for the Northwest Passage through the Canadian Arctic and the subsequent polar experiences of the intrepid men who dedicated their lives to the task. A parallel plot in the present is based in and around Inuvik, Northwest Territories. Nelson searches for clues to the disappearance of his estranged older brother. Faye searches for answers to the vanishing of her adventuring grandfather Hugh. The two reluctantly join forces as it becomes apparent that their searches are overlapping. The connecting thread between past and present is the mystery of the “Arnold 294 Chronometer” and the missing years between its presence in the doomed Sir John Franklin expedition and its reappearance in Britain a century later. “Minds of Winter” progresses through the perspectives of a variety of characters whose life experiences span the globe from the Canadian Arctic to England, Ireland, Antarctica, Korea, Siberia, New York City and several Canadian locales. Stitching all of this together coherently is a monumental task. O’Loughlin pulls it off with great skill and dexterity. The quality of the writing throughout is stellar. Truly a novel you can become engrossed in and be convincingly transported to other times and places.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love love it, couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from interesting book, adding this to my collection interesting book, adding this to my collection
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This book crosses a couple of genres and deals well with them. This is an excellent nomination for this years Giller
Date published: 2017-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Curious adventure On the cover, The Daily Mail calls this book 'ambitious novel', I highly agree ! The depth of research and connective writing. I was constantly looking up the 'characters ' Meares, Oates, Amundsen and geographical locations To see if it was correct and also to enhance information. An incredible story of the arctic and explorers, fantastic historical fiction, well done author!
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ambitious O'Loughlin has written an incredibly ambitious novel that kept me ensnared throughout. For anyone interested in the Arctic and Arctic exploration, this was a fascinating and entertaining read.
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Haunting I've just started this book, but I have been blown away by the writing and narrative. Everything historical fiction should be.
Date published: 2017-02-07

Editorial Reviews

"There will be few better historical novels published this year." - Sunday Times"The final pages seem inevitable, as great endings must; the whole novel wondrous in its tone and reach. The title is from Wallace Stevens's poem 'The Snow Man,' where we're asked to behold 'Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.' It takes a good writer to take that on. It takes a great one to succeed." - Irish Times"[A] marvel of a novel." - Irish Independent"With each novel, O'Loughlin is expanding his interests and his imaginative grasp - the first sign of a genuinely talented writer. He is rapidly becoming one of the most interesting novelists currently at work." - The Sunday Business Post"The writing is stupendously good . . . O'Loughlin manages beautifully." - The Australian"Ed O'Loughlin's Minds of Winter . . . may well be the Franklin novel to end all Franklin novels. Never have so many different narrative threads been taken up and twined together . . . It would seem a daunting task to connect so many historical figures in a single volume, something like trapping demons in a cursed box, but the talisman that O'Loughlin employs is deceptively modest: a single marine chronometer, Arnold 294, which showed up intact at a 2009 auction in the UK when it was supposed to have been issued to Franklin's ships 164 years previously." - The Arctic Book Review"It is thrilling Boys' Own, Hornblower stuff." - The Spectator"Few novelists have the temerity to offer up mystery, suspense, adventure and a famous historical puzzle in a single novel. Ed O'Loughlin does so in Minds of Winter, and takes the reader to the ends of the earth in the process." - Robert Hough, author of The Man Who Saved Henry Morgan and Dr. Brinkley's Tower"Minds of Winter is a remarkable feat of imagination, empathy, and research. Past and present merge to convey the polar landscape's immense mysteries, and the lives of those voyagers compelled to seek answers in its icy expanses. Ed O'Loughlin is a skilled cartographer of both the Arctic and the human heart. What a magnificent novel." - Ron Rash, author of Serena and Above the Waterfall"[A] complex tale of historical intrigue about 19th-century polar explorers." - Publishers Weekly"There's an economy of language and grounding in physical detail that casts a clear eye on the spare, climatically determined human environment and makes us feel the kidney-clamping cold and lungs lacerated by 'razor-blade' air. Minds of Winter is a novel as much interested in unofficial as official histories, as much with people who slip through the cracks as with heroes." - Quill & Quire"Minds of Winter is a haunting novel of the Arctic." - The National Post"A tour de force." - Kirkus Reviews"[A] masterly, richly researched, vastly ranging tale" - The Toronto Star"Minds of Winter proves to be an exhilarating romp through the age of polar exploration . . . like the search for Franklin himself, Minds of Winter is a story of death and glory, loss and triumph and, ultimately, the mighty power of the imagination in the face of unrelenting struggle." - The Winnipeg Free Press"Hugely ambitious.[O'Loughlin] displays a prodigious imagination." - The Globe and Mail"Readers who delight in history and mystery mixed together will appreciate O'Loughlin's shifting drifts of reality and imagination." - Library Journal