Far North by Marcel Theroux
A Novel

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Far North is a 2009 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.

My father had an expression for a thing that turned out bad. He'd say it had gone west. But going west always sounded pretty good to me. After all, westwards is the path of the sun. And through as much history as I know of, people have moved west to settle and find freedom. But our world had gone north, truly gone north, and just how far north I was beginning to learn.

Out on the frontier of a failed state, Makepeace--sheriff and perhaps last citizen--patrols a city's ruins, salvaging books but keeping the guns in good repair.

Into this cold land comes shocking evidence that life might be flourishing elsewhere: a refugee emerges from the vast emptiness of forest, whose existence inspires Makepeace to reconnect with human society and take to the road, armed with rough humor and an unlikely ration of optimism.

What Makepeace finds is a world unraveling: stockaded villages enforcing an uncertain justice and hidden work camps laboring to harness the little-understood technologies of a vanished civilization. But Makepeace's journey--rife with danger--also leads to an unexpected redemption.

Far North takes the reader on a quest through an unforgettable arctic landscape, from humanity's origins to its possible end. Haunting, spare, yet stubbornly hopeful, the novel is suffused with an ecstatic awareness of the world's fragility and beauty, and its ability to recover from our worst trespasses.


About Marcel Theroux

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Marcel Theroux is the author of several novels, including Far North, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction. He lives in London, where he also works as a documentary filmmaker and television presenter.
Published June 9, 2009 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 320 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A novel about what happens when global warming goes too far.

Aug 16 2009 | Read Full Review of Far North: A Novel

The Telegraph

The best parts of the book describe Makepeace’s solitary voyage .

Mar 13 2009 | Read Full Review of Far North: A Novel

The Bookbag

This book is based on notebooks written long after the events they tell of, portraying Makepeace's friends, Makepeace's enemies, the huge space in between, and the huge spaces Makepeace's journey crosses.

Oct 24 2009 | Read Full Review of Far North: A Novel

Fantasy Literature

Ultimately, Far North should be approached (by the SFF community) as a pleasing read in a reliably exciting sub-genre.

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