SAILORS ON THE INWARD SEA.

Thornton, Lawrence.

Published by New York: The Free Press (Simon & Schuster), (2004.) dj
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. An absorbing new novel by the award-winning author of 'Imaging Argentine.' As Michael Cunningham states, 'begins with a fascinating premise - the unacknowledged source of Joseph Conrad's greatest novels (that is, the tragic accidental encounter at sea between a British minesweeper and a German submarine) - and takes it to considerable heights. By the novel's end, Thornton has cast a light not only onto Conrad's genius but onto the mystery of inspiration itself. SIGNED by the author on the title page. Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.). Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: In a triumphant fusion of fiction and history, award-winning author Lawrence Thornton re-creates a terrible tragedy at sea and takes the reader on an unforgettable voyage through the human heart. Thornton brilliantly reveals how the repercussions of small and large actions can haunt even the deepest of friendships for generations."Sailors on the Inward Sea" recounts the desperate time when the stately British minesweeper "Brigadier," blinded by thick fog in the North Sea, crashes into a German submarine in a horrifying accident. When an altercation between the enemies ensues and the "Brigadier's" prodigy, a talented young ensign, is fatally shot, the captain, Fox-Bourne, orders a retreat, deliberately leaving dozens of German sailors to die in the frigid waters.Although Captain Fox-Bourne's murderous judgment is called into question in a military court, when he is found innocent, a passionate witness to the incident decides to take matters into his own hands. This witness -- none other than the great novelist Joseph Conrad, a former sailor himself and a guest-observer on the "Brigadier" -- writes an account of the conflict in order to give the captain a chance to confess, redeem himself, and purge his conscience. But Conrad has other, secret motivations, as his trusted confidant, Captain Jack Malone, knows only too well.And it is ultimately Malone, our sage but enigmatic narrator, whose journey we follow as he confronts the timeless challenges of being a friend, confidant, lover, sailor, and muse. As he sweeps across the oceans from England to Africa and finally to the sensuous world of Indonesia, Malone seeks to uncover the true boundaries between friendship and betrayal, loyalty and love, legacy and life.Malone, Conrad, and Thornton form a brilliant trinity of wisdom, imagination, and adventure. Together they carry a torch that threatens to singe, just as it promises to reveal, the path to which the inward sea ultimately leads.

From the Inside Flap: "Lawrence Thornton’s Sailors on the Inward Sea begins with a fascinating premise - the unacknowledged source of Joseph Conrad’s greatest novels - and takes it to considerable heights. By the novel’s end, Thornton has cast a light not only onto Conrad’s genius but onto the mystery of inspiration itself."
--Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours and A Home at the End of the World

"Lawrence Thornton, author of the superb Imagining Argentina, is at the top of his form in Sailors on the Inward Sea as he imagines Joseph Conrad. He gives us a riveting yarn about a wartime naval engagement, a deep dive into the mind of a great novelist, and an exploration--by Thornton and by Conrad, brought vividly to life--of a profound and haunting moral dilemma."
--Frederick Busch, author of The Night Inspector, Girls, and Closing Arguments

"Thornton’s unique ability to infuse his work with authentic airs of language, an intimate sense of place, and a bedeviling aura of moral conflict leaves the reader with an awareness that great writers, like professional sailors, must navigate a bewildering variety of ethical and personal maelstroms that would beach those lesser souls who lack a true perspective of their self-worth and their creative responsibility."
--John Steinbeck, author of Down to a Soundless Sea

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Title: SAILORS ON THE INWARD SEA.
Publisher: New York: The Free Press (Simon & Schuster), (2004.) dj

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