The Solitude of Thomas Cave, Georgina Harding, 2007
This is a novel exploring what happens when a man is faced with his own solitude. Set in the early 1600′s, a whaling man bets his shipmates that he can survive alone through the winter on a small island off Greenland. The novel is written with two voices, the solitary man and a young whaler on his first whaling expedition who is befriended by the older solitary whaler. We live through the winter with the whaler as he wrestles with his own demons and memories. Then, years later we find the young whaler, now married with a family, curious about what happened to the solitary whaler after his experience in the north. A poetic and vivid look at man, solitude, and man’s impact of pristine wilderness.